In Libya, NATO bombed a path to Tripoli to help its proxy forces
on the ground oust Gaddafi. Tens of thousands lost their lives and that
country’s social fabric and infrastructure now lies in ruins. Gaddafi
was murdered and his plans to assert African independence and undermine
Western (not least French) hegemony on that continent have been rendered obsolete.
In Syria, the US, Turkey, France, Britain, Saudi Arabia and Qatar
have been helping to arm militants. The Daily Telegraph’s March 2013
article “US and Europe in ‘major airlift of arms to Syrian rebels
through Zagreb’” reported that 3,000 tons of weapons dating back to the
former Yugoslavia had been sent in 75 planeloads from Zagreb airport to
the rebels. The New York Times March 2013 article “Arms Airlift to Syria
Rebels Expands, With CIA Aid” stated that Arab governments and Turkey
had sharply increased their military aid to Syria’s opposition fighters.
This aid included more than 160 military cargo flights.
Sold under the notion of a spontaneous democratic uprising against a
tyrannical political leader, Syria is little more than an illegal war
for capital, empire and energy. The West and its allies have been instrumental in organising the war as elaborated by Tim Anderson in his book ‘The Dirty War on Syria’.
Over the last 15 years or so, politicians and the media have been
manipulating popular sentiment to get an increasingly war-fatigued
Western public to support ongoing wars under the notion of protecting
civilians or a bogus ‘war on terror’. They spin a yarn about securing
women’s rights or a war on terror in Afghanistan, removing despots from
power in Iraq, Libya or Syria or protecting human life, while then going
on to attack or help destabilise countries, resulting in the loss of
hundreds of thousands of civilian lives.
Emotive language designed to instill fear about potential terror
attacks in Europe or myths about humanitarianism intervention are used
as a pretext to wage imperialist wars in mineral-rich countries and
geostrategically important regions.
Part of the battle for the public’s hearts and minds is to keep
people confused. They must be convinced to regard these wars and
conflicts as a disconnected array of events and not as the planned
machinations of empire. The ongoing disinformation narrative about
Russian aggression is part of the strategy. Ultimately, Russia (and
China) is the real and increasingly imminent target: Moscow has stood in
the way of the West’s plans in Syria and both Russia and China are undermining the role of the dollar in international trade, a lynchpin of US power.
The countries of the West are effectively heading for war with Russia
but relatively few among the public seem to know or even care. Many are
oblivious to the slaughter that has already been inflicted on
populations with the help of their taxes and governments in far-away
lands. With the reckless neoconservative warmonger John Bolton now part
of the Trump administration, it seems we could be hurtling towards major
war much faster than previously thought.
Most of the public remains blissfully ignorant of the psy-ops being
directed at them through the corporate media. Given recent events in the
UK and the ramping up of anti-Russia rhetoric, if ordinary members of
the public think that Theresa May or Boris Johnson ultimately have their
best interests at heart, they should think again. The major
transnational corporations based on Wall Street and in the City of
London are the ones setting Anglo-US policy agendas often via the
Brookings Institute, Council on Foreign Relations, International Crisis
Group, Chatham House, etc.
The owners of these companies, the capitalist class, have off-shored
millions of jobs as well as their personal and company tax liabilities
to boost their profits and have bankrupted economies. We see the results
in terms of austerity, unemployment, powerlessness, privatization,
deregulation, banker control of economies, corporate control of food and
seeds, the stripping away of civil liberties, increased mass
surveillance and wars to grab mineral resources and ensure US dollar
hegemony. These are the interests the politicians serve.
It’s the ability to maximise profit by shifting capital around the
world that matters to this class, whether on the back of distorted free
trade agreements, which open the gates for plunder, or through coercion
and militarism, which merely tear them down.
Whether it is the structural violence of neoliberal economic policies
or actual military violence, the welfare of ordinary folk around the
world does not enter the equation. In an imposed oil-thirsty, war-driven
system of globalised capitalism and over-consumption that is wholly
unnecessary and is stripping the planet bare, the bottom line is that
ordinary folk – whether workers in the West, farmers in India or civilians displaced en masse in war zones like Syria – must be bent according to the will of Western capital.
We should not be fooled by made-for-media outpourings of morality
about good and evil that are designed to create fear, outrage and
support for more militarism and resource-grab wars. The shaping of
public opinion is a multi-million-dollar industry.
Take for instance the mass harvesting of Facebook data by Cambridge
Analytica to shape the outcomes of the US election and the Brexit
campaign. According to journalistLiam O’Hare,
its parent company Strategic Communications Laboratories (SCL) has
conducted ‘behavioural change’ programmes in over 60 countries and its
clients have included the British Military of Defence, the US State
Department and NATO. According to O’Hare, the use of the media to fool
the public is one of SCL’s key selling points.
Among its activities in Europe have been campaigns targeting Russia.
The company has “sweeping links” with Anglo-American political and
military interests. In the UK, the interests of the governing
Conservative Party and military-intelligence players are brought
together via SCL: board members include “an array of Lords, Tory donors,
ex-British army officers and defense contractors.”
O’Hare says it is clear is that all SCL’s activities have been inextricably linked to its Cambridge Analytica arm. He states:
“International deception and meddling is the name of the
game for SCL. We finally have the most concrete evidence yet of shadowy
actors using dirty tricks in order to rig elections. But these operators
aren’t operating from Moscow… they are British, Eton educated,
headquartered in the City of London and have close ties to Her Majesty’s
So, what are we to make of the current anti-Russia propaganda we
witness regarding the nerve agent incident in Salisbury and the failure
of the British government to provide evidence to demonstrate Russian
culpability? The relentless accusations by Theresa May and Boris Johnson
that have been parroted across the corporate media in the West indicate
that the manipulation of public perception is everything and facts
count for little. It is alarming given what is at stake – the escalation
of conflict between the West and a major nuclear power.
Welcome to the world of mass deception à laEdward Bernays and Josef Goebbels.
US social commentator Walter Lippmann once said that ‘responsible
men’ make decisions and have to be protected from the ‘bewildered herd’ –
the public. He added that the public should be subdued, obedient and
distracted from what is really happening. Screaming patriotic slogans
and fearing for their lives, they should be admiring with awe leaders
who save them from destruction.
Although the West’s political leaders are manipulating, subduing and
distracting the public in true Lippmannesque style, they aren’t ‘saving’
anyone from anything: their reckless actions towards Russia could lead
towards a war that could wipe out all life on the planet.
Colin Todhunter is a frequent contributor to Global Research and Asia-Pacific Research.
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