"Today, the people who would use guns to violate rights have little trouble getting them, while those who would use them to defend their rights have increasing trouble getting them....Gun control is in effect a subsidy for criminals." ~ Sheldon Richman
The Big Lie--They're Fighting for Our Freedom
Listening to Bush supporters who have come out to oppose Camp Casey and its creator, Cindy Sheehan, it becomes painfully obvious how well a big lie really works on the minds of millions. Some of them have lost family members in the unnecessary war in Iraq that the neocons and Bush started. They can't bring themselves to see reality--that their loved ones did not die for American freedom but were instead used as pawns by the politicians and the powerful Israeli lobby group American Israel Public Affairs Committee. For many people, it's hard to admit when you're wrong, especially when the cost of being wrong is so high. It's much easier to believe the government and the big lies they tell and that the media protects.
The plutocrats who run the democracies of the world are great at lying. They've fine tuned it to an abhorrent art. They are so skillful at lying, their lies have become 'common knowledge' to many millions of people. One good example is the big lie itself. When a person hears the phrase "the big lie," they usually think of Adolf Hitler. They regurgitate what has been fed into them: 'Hitler said in his book he uses big lies to control people and to gain and maintain power.' In fact, Hitler wrote that the average person is more likely to believe a big lie than a small one because they themselves are prone to tell a small white lie but not a big lie. He then went on to condemn the practice and blamed the Jews and Marxists for using the big lie technique. The fact that the plutocrats have used this particular lie so successfully for so long that people don't even realize that Hitler was actually condemning the practice, demonstrates the power of the big lie technique and why the plutocrats still use it.
When George W. Bush wanted to start the war in Iraq, he had to come up with a big lie. He would not be able to get people's support if he told them the truth, that he wanted to be reelected, and in a close election like he was facing, every vote counted, so he was going to win some favor and votes in the Jewish community by wiping out Israel's enemy, Iraq. (As a Bible reading and believing Christian, he also wanted to make Israel secure.) He had to come up with a big lie to feed to the voters and to the troops and their families. Nothing worked so well for him as talking about Iraq's imaginary WMD program, its imaginary ties to al Qaeda and its imaginary involvement in the 9/11 attacks. He threw in a comment about mushroom clouds and sent Colin Powell off to the UN holding up his vial prop and telling the world that Iraq had deadly biological weapons that could kill millions of innocent people. He and the British plutocrats added the lie about Iraq being able to launch their deadly arsenal within 45 minutes, and presto, they sold his big lie!
Now that well over 1,800 Americans have been killed and many thousands more wounded, not to mention the tens of thousands of dead and wounded Iraqis, and with no end in sight, he has to keep the big lie alive by saying, 'They're fighting for our freedom.' Over the Fourth of July weekend I've heard many many people parrot this big lie. They repeat it when they oppose Camp Casey. Almost all those who support the cowardly and heartless Bush continually repeat this false mantra. It really works well for the Boy George, AIPAC, the neocons, and the plutocrats!
At the start of the war there seemed to be a united front of military people who bought into the big lie. Now, however, the front is breaking. A good number of military people who are direct victims of the big lie have themselves spoken out against Bush and his neocon war at Camp Casey. They have started organizations that openly and proudly oppose this insanity and big lie.
Unlike the Vietnam war, the media seems to be on the side of the warmongers. They have refused to seriously investigate the Downing Street Memos or to investigate the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and its involvement in spying on the US, a key part of which involved Iraq. They accept the government request not to show video and pictures that portray the reality of war. At press conferences, they seem much more like stenographers or star struck groupies who're honored to be able to have a laugh with one of the plutocrats or lifers. They never think to call Bush or any of his cohorts to account on Bush's current campaign to connect Iraq with 9/11. It's really disgusting. They are not only not capable of killing the big lie by exposing it, they actually help to keep it alive. This is our 'free press.'
The Internet seems to represent the nearest thing to a free press and the biggest threat to the big lie(s) of governments. For example, if it wasn't for the Internet, no one would have known the importance of the Downing Street Memos in the US. We should utilize the Internet while we still can. We should exploit it to its fullest potential to get around the big lies and the big liars. Bush and his ilk can't stand opposition, that's why his audiences for speeches or fake 'town meetings' are all hand-picked brown nosers and careerists. Currently, they seem to be confused by the power of the web. But that won't last forever. Unfortunately, the governments seem always ready with new big lies as their needs arise.