The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them. (George Orwell)
I cannot get too upset about the opinions and attitudes of the American public regarding the current Israeli attack on Gaza. This information desert is highly susceptible to imagery and suggestion and so does not have the capacity to deal with this tragedy. Basically, American public opinion, a potentially potent force, has been marginalized.
There are rungs of ignorance. Most people are only vaguely aware of anything going on, and their opinions are easily managed by offering them symbols that inspire their hatred. These opinions come mostly from televised news and entertainment. Listen to maybe a half-hour of talk radio, right or “left,” and you’ll be up to speed on this sector. Gee, I hope they vote.
These people are functionally illiterate. They have bought the idea that Palestinians are the aggressors, and that they are so depraved that they offer up their own children as human shields. It’s utterly and contemptibly stupid, but works in the trailer courts and sport bars of our country.
A level above that are those who pride themselves on being informed. Their level of information is but one step above the sports bars. This is James Conner referring to writers who stray from Mainstream media sources:
They don’t trust the mainstream media, such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, or the Guardian. They seem to see a conspiracy behind every sunflower. They hate the United States and its government with a black bile tlhat corrodes their judgment.
This is dogged adherence to state propaganda, faith-based citizenship. He believes that his trusted information sources have done his homework for him, which is why it is called a “confidence game.”
It does not differ in quality from my buddy Swede, who says in an exchange below
Here’s some research.
He indeed said “research,” and then goes on to cite Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens, who is involved in an elaborate game of obfuscation designed to desensitize readers to the carnage going on in Gaza. Body counts do not matter, good resides in the European Zionist invaders, and the devil in the native Palestinians. Wall Street Journal readers are perhaps our best-informed citizens, and look where they are at.
Israel attacked Gaza in 2008, after Obama won the election. That, I presume, was a message to the new President from embedded neocons within his government not to mess with Israel, which cannot possibly act without approval of its overlord. And Obama, not a real leader anyway, did not need much warning.
This time around is different. This attack is not a message. It seems real. They welcome our hatred. They don’t care about world opinion. They are engaged in full-scale attack on a defenseless people.
Generations have passed since 1948, and Israelis are now, via their education system, deeply drenched in hatred. Defamation spells this out. They are taught to believe that the world hates them for their mere existence, rather than their immoral behavior. So they do not care what the world thinks as they deal with their Gaza Ghetto problem.
The Mideast is in shambles after NATO and US attacks on Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Somalia and Sudan are in ongoing tensions. Color revolutions instigated in Egypt and Tunisia have paralyzed those countries. There is ongoing slaughter in the Congo making Gaza look like a day at the beach (with sincere apologies to relatives of murdered Palestinian children). Currently Iraq is under new imperialist attack by proxy forces called ISIS. Ukraine is keeping Russia occupied, probably by design. It’s insanity everywhere I turn, and it is my country lurking in the shadows of every conflict. People tell me I should not blame the US for every problem in the world, and I do not – just the ones it causes, listed above.
I wonder if Israel, a country that recognizes no borders, is finally going to do its own Warsaw Ghetto number, and once and for all solve its Palestinian problem.
Everything is in place, there is no military response, there is no humanitarian response. I feel that the whole of the world now, distracted by fourteen years of NeoCon terror, is in a state of stupor and is, like me, watching in horror and only hoping that someone, somewhere, will do something. We have a useful Pope in Rome – is he too scared to speak up? Lord knows the answer to the problem cannot come from within these borders, under this bubble, from this stupid, deeply indoctrinated population.
JC in a comment on another post linked to this article by The Slaker that offered some hope. The writer recognizes our leadership to be utterly depraved sociopaths, but who are stoppable. Our military cannot get the job done, and our soldiers are no match for Russians, and certainly not against patriots defending their homelands, as seen in Vietnam and Iraq. He wonders if it is all an elaborate game of chicken or if they are indeed crazy enough to start a war with the Russians. I wish I knew. I spent decades blithely assuming that the Cuban Missile Crisis was never that close to real war, only to learn than our crazed sociopathic leaders of that time were as clueless as now, and that we were indeed … that close