Regarding Syria, there is concern that the Assad regime, which is “evil,” might have chemical weapons, and that there might need to be a military attack to save lives.
Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public. (H. L. Mencken)
My money says that the old WMD gambit works yet again. The US, the greatest terrorist force on the planet, operates as it does because its own population is in a state of perpetual fear and ignorance. I was born in 1950, and so came aboard during the second great Red Scare. This was peacetime propaganda. Joe McCarthy, fallout shelters, duck and cover, air raid drills – all of it was designed to create a climate of fear. I remember my family and neighbors out front of our house looking for Sputnik, the satellite put in space by the evil Soviets. A neighbor a block away built a bomb shelter and stocked it with food and weapons.
Humans naturally follow and trust authority figures. We are not designed as thinking machines. Back in the 1950′s there was not much information around – there was news filtered through Cronkite and Huntley/Brinkley on TV and some radio agitators, but not pervasive. So in our defense it can be said of my generation and my parents that we were kept in the dark in part by lack of technology to access the outside world.
But you guys out there now with your computers and Internet – there is no excuse for you not seeing what is happening. None. Really. The ease with which you are manipulated is inexcusable.