by Rebel Fagin
There is still enough of a democracy left in this country that the government fears the people enough to want our support for their colonial resource wars. They need to ell the wars to us. Here are some of their tools:
Embedded deep in any culture are its myths. One dominate myth of this culture is that the military protects us and keeps us safe, when just the opposite is true. Myths work on an emotional level, therefore the liberal tendency to think that, if we give people the facts they’ll act in their best interest, just doesn’t work. These myths are perpetrated by the corporate media, which is owned by the manufacturers of war. As the wars drag on they lose value as “news” until, in the consciousness of most Americans, the wars have the dull throb of a broken bone.
Ignorance sells wars and nothing promotes ignorance better than the corporate media. While they are spreading fear of Muslims, they ignore homegrown, right wing terrorist. From 1990 to 2010, Muslim-American civilians killed 20 Americans. During this same time, right wing terrorists killed 348 Americans. In Sonoma County, 64 citizens have been murdered by law enforcement this century, yet we are told to fear young, brown people and trust armed, uniformed people who shoot children.
Racism is the infrastructure of colonial warfare. Now the “enemy” is Arabs. Beau Bergdahl’s father was accused of growing a Muslim-type beard, which exposed the colonial nature of these resource wars. When Frazier Cross murdered three Americans outside of a Jewish Community Center in Kansas he shouted, “Heil Hitler.” The corporate media mostly ignored this. What if he had shouted “Allah Akbar”? Would the media have been as silent?
Media spins and frames perception. Many soldiers believe the lies about spreading democracy abroad, only to find out the truth of killing innocent people overseas. When they have an epiphany of conscience, the corporate media spins it as though it was the actions of a coward and a traitor. What if they framed the same decisions as a matter of conscience, would that make a difference to the public response?
During the war in Vietnam the draft was extremely unpopular. This time around they created an economic draft by destroying the economy so that many young people are faced with a choice of the military, McDonalds, or selling drugs. They “volunteer” for the military. When poor people die in wars nobody notices.
One aspect of the war with Vietnam that foiled the American war machine was the image of returning coffins. Bush dealt with this by banning the photographing of returning coffins. Obama takes it one step further by mechanizing the wars with killer drones. This way no coffins come home. Instead grandmas are blown to pieces in the garden while the grandchildren watch and the seeds of anti-American hatred are germinated in their souls.
These drones are relatively easy to build. In the 1980’s, Abraham Karem, an Israeli aviation engineer living in Southern California, built one with parts he picked up at hobby shops. While the manufacturing of these weapons is cheap, launching them is not. According to the Pentagon, it takes 168 people to keep a Predator aloof for twenty-four hours. 19 data analysts are used per drone to decode the images. They are willing to spend this much, in part, to keep the US body count low to sell their wars.
When people protest, government is silent. This plutocratic government responds to its owners and that ain’t the American people. The owners of America make their money selling weapons. This is why demonstrations are not working. This is why some people give up while others take more direct actions. The combination of these factors sells the wars to the people. How long before we quit trying to work with the government and start directly solving our issues ourselves?
Sources: AlterNet 5/20/14, Drone Warfare by Media Benjamin © 2012, KPFA Flashpoints 6/4/14