By Paul Edwards
June 23/24, 2019 "Information
- Yogi Berra
experienced “deja vu, all over again”.
Marx revised Hegel, saying history
repeats itself first as tragedy, then as
farce. Bush the Lesser, riffing on who
to blame for being fooled, got lost in
his trope. Now unctuous, obtuse Pompeo
is selling war on Iran, bringing all
three to mind.
the one about the Gulf of Tonkin LBJ
pitched? And the one about Iraqi WMD
Step’nfetchit Powell sold, ominously
shaking a vial of foot powder? And
Obama’s somber rap about “Assad gassing
his own people”?
The question now is whether the American Public will do Charlie Brown to Lucy’s football trick again? Sophisticated tech makes it harder for psychos in power to just lie. They need plausible visuals to back their bullshit but, used to relying on lies alone, they’re not clear on the concept.
Are You Tired Of The Lies And Non-Stop Propaganda?
silly video of Iran’s alleged tanker
sabotage, a blurred, ghostly boat bears
men said to be removing a dud mine from
a tanker. Did they place it, try to set
it off, fail, and hurry back? The
tanker crew--drugged or dead?--didn’t
hear them coming? At work..? A stealth
is so patently phony it sinks itself.
It would be comic if our Imperial Bozos
were not fixated on provoking war with a
country that, should an attack come, is
able and sworn to inflict grievous
damage on its attacker. Pompeo and
Bolton are not concerned. The War
Machine needs them and what they do
because it needs its wars.
under geopolitically obtuse Presidents,
has done economic and military violence
to many poor, vulnerable nations.
Profitability has solidified this as its
only tactic, and even
defeats--Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria--are
gagged down without altering it. The
reason is plain: America is not a
country in the sense of a polity
organized to benefit a people; it’s a
vast War Machine built to gorge itself
on the bounty of its citizenry.
Outcomes be damned: all that matters is
the continuity of its outrageous
fact--impossible for most Americans to
accept--makes them secondary victims of
Empire’s depredations. What is be
done? Nothing will induce a fuddled
people to unplug from the vast
propaganda web of entertainment, “news”,
and social media to which they’re
addicted, so they will continue to be
rendered confused, inert, lost,
and sedated, they are not in a
substantially different state than
animals raised to be eaten. There is no
satisfaction in saying this, only
sadness. To watch an entire society of
ordinarily good, decent people being
traduced and betrayed by the government
they’ve been schooled by pious rot to
trust is beyond appalling.
It may be a fact of evolution that all species have only a certain limited capacity for adaptation and that, when that limit is reached, failure and extinction must follow. Have we humans reached our limit? Are we done?
Paul Edwards is a writer and film-maker in Montana. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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