The following words are taken from another blog:
Consider that the nuclear bomb was impossible to make. The science was not there. The theories were incorrect. The geniuses of all geniuses were fabrications. Not even a thousand billion dollars could produce the impossible – a weapon of apocalyptic proportions, that produces the heat of 10,000 suns. Just bollocks. The bomb never made anyone surrender. It never won a war. It did not deter wars. It did not stop communism. The communists were never any nuclear threat. The cold war was based on poorly done fantasy movies. The build-up of military industrial complex, which was sustained to counter the Soviet nuclear threat, was actually a big lie. The massive secret infrastructure to counter the Soviet nuclear threat was a big lie as well. The space race based on superior technology is in question consequently. Excuse me, but the whole rationale for building the massive state super complex after WWII is a complete fraud. And all the nuclear paranoia promoted by the state is down right evil. Even now the rhetoric, that States fart out on mass media about this or that power trying to obtain nuclear weapons, is a complete charade.
I agree with them in total. They are from Vexman’s Thoughts, and if you follow the link you will find that I have reprinted almost the entire post. It is short and concise.
I am linking it here because Vexman was for a short time a writer here, and my heart sank as he used this forum for a pogrom against Jews, specifically those in Russia during the communist era. I unceremoniously removed him as a writer, and realize that I could have handled it better. For the “unceremonious” part of that I have deep regret, but for the removed part I do not. But I bear him no ill will, and did not act out of personal dislike. Far from it.
Notice the sentence in the middle:
The cold war was based on poorly done fantasy movies.
The words that finally propelled me into his removal were about Russian communists murdering their own citizens, not just a few, but 700,000 by means of a gunshot to the back of the head. Such a notion is fantastical, to be able to sneak up on that many people, subdue them and then execute them, outsiders of course able to keep track of the number of victims. It did not happen. We would not do such a thing, nor would anyone else. It is beyond the pale.
Since we know now that the Cold War was a fantasy, we also have to realize that the Russians participated, so that there was cooperation at all levels in the hoax. Below are words from Jacques Ellul, taken from his book Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes:
…propaganda offers release on a grand scale. For example, propaganda will permit what so far was prohibited, such as hatred, which is a dangerous and destructive feeling and fought by the society. But man always has a certain need to hate, just as he hides in his heart the urge to kill. Propaganda offers him an object of hatred, for all propaganda is aimed at the enemy. And the hatred it offers him is not shameful, evil hatred that he must hide, but a legitimate hatred, which he can justly feel. Moreover, propaganda points out enemies that must be slain, transforming crime into a praiseworthy act. (P152)
For the Cold War to work on the minds and attitudes of Americans, we needed to hate the Soviets. In order to form a hatred so intense that any action would be seen as justified (the invasions of Korea and Vietnam, for example), giant lies had to be invented and promulgated. For that they called on our “historians.” You will find that all stories about the atrocities of Bolsheviks and Stalin are documented by that group. Without historians, propaganda does not work on the educated classes, and those are the ones for whom it is critically important it be effective.
Pollster Elmo Roper in his early research found that ninety percent of the America public is “politically inert.” They are easily managed by symbols, such as jet aircraft penetrating buildings or evil bearded monsters with sinister eyes. That ninety percent will never read a history tract, but will watch a TV show or movie, stand for the national anthem and become sexually aroused as jets fly over ball games. They are under control, always.
For those of us in the remaining ten percent, trust in our own abilities is essential. We of that smaller group have to read, form opinions, and those opinions have to be imagined to be the result of critical and independent thought. For this purpose we are given the historians, people like Chomsky and all those other fakes who populate the history and current events section at Barnes and Noble. We are not indoctrinated so much as we self-indoctrinate.
I was not alive and not present, yet I know that the Russians did not murder 700,000 of their own by any means. The starvation that might have taken place under Stalin was not deliberate policy, but as Mao and the Chinese showed us, there can be ineptitude on a grand scale (if those stories are to be believed). Just as we now realize that neither the Russians or Americans have nuclear weapons, we also know that they can tell lies about each other and make those lies believed. Our “intellectuals” are the key.
With regard to real and conscious threats, a frequent reaction is to expand them with fables. Americans create fables about the Communist peril, just as Communists create fables about the Fascist peril – and at that moment anxiety sets in. It is tied to rumors, to the fact that the real situation is inaccessible, to the diffuse climate of fear, and to the ricocheting of fear from one person to the next. (P154)
The horrors of communism were a fable. One could make up such tales about Canadians, equally fantastic, and they would not be believed. Canadians are too much like us, too many of us have visited that country. Russians were a different culture, far away, so that making them into monsters was far easier. It came to a point where anything said about them as our enemy was thought to be true, and any words uttered by them in defense were automatically regarded as false. Thus did our own rulers own our minds.
Vexman is still linked to the right here and does good research and writing. His piece on Lockerbie is top-notch, as is so much of his other work (on the ozone hole, for instance). I wish him success and lots of readers. I read him. But for that one episode, he would have added much to this blog. I bear him no ill will. I was victimized in total by the propaganda of the Cold War, and was of a level that put me in that ten percent that self-indoctrinates. By the time Vexman wrote his words here, I was over it. That’s all.