·     Do not think dishonestly.

·     The Way is in training.

·     Become aquainted with every art.

·     Know the Ways of all professions.

·     Distinguish between gain and loss in worldly matters.

·     Develop intuitive judgement and understanding for everything.

·     Perceive those things which cannot be seen.

·     Pay attention even to trifles.

·     Do nothing which is of no use.

 

“If you do not look at things on a large scale it will be difficult for you to master strategy. If you learn and attain this strategy you will never lose even to twenty or thirty enemies. More than anything to start with you must set your heart on strategy and earnestly stick to the Way. You will come to be able to actually beat men in fights, and to be able to win with your eye. Also by training you will be able to freely control your own body, conquer men with your body, and with sufficient training you will be able to beat ten men with your spirit. When you have reached this point, will it not mean that you are invincible? “

From the Book of Five rings
by Miyamoto Musashi

 

 

” We must remember that in time of war what is said on the enemy’s side of the front is always propaganda, and what is said on our side of the front is truth and righteousness, the cause of humanity and a crusade for peace.”

— Walter Lippmann

 

Propaganda can serve to rally people behind a cause, but often at the cost of exaggeration, misrepresentation, and lying in order to gain the support from the ignorant masses. The issue of propaganda is often discussed in, war, politics and finds its life line through the pages or o the airwaves of corporate or government owned media machines whose interest it is to ensure it stays relevant to all aspects of our lives.

 

  

According to global issues.org, propaganda often uses:

  1. Selective stories that come over as wide-covering and objective.
  2. Partial facts or his-storical tales out of context.
  3. Reinforcing reasons and motivations to act due to threats on the security of the individual.
  4. Narrow sources of “experts” to provide insights in to the situation. (For example, the mainstream media typically interview retired military personnel for many conflict-related issues, or treat official government sources as fact, rather than just one perspective that needs to be verified and researched).
  5. Demonizing the “enemy” who does not fit the picture of what is “right”.
  6. A narrow range of discourse, whereby judgments are often made while the boundary of discourse itself, or the framework within which the opinions are formed, are often not discussed. The narrow focus then helps to serve the interests of the propagandists.

 

 “The first casualty when war comes is Truth”

— U.S. Senator Hiram Johnson, 1917

 

 

It has been brought to my attention recently that the Corporate United States army in an attempt to recruit fresh fodder for their war of world dominance has been approaching ignorant and miseducated African youth with a propaganda piece of suspect and twisted nature.  This neferous entity is telling our impressionable and desperate that the Shero, Harriet Tubman was a spy for the U.S. army.

 

Of course the minute I heard that, my bullshit meter went on alert.  Upon further research I came across a not so little information that when Harriet Tubman arrived in Philadelphia, she began to work in hopes of earning enough money to get her family to freedom in the North. After hooking up with William Still and became a conductor for the railroad. Between 1850 and 1860, she saved money to make 19 trips to the South to free about 300 enslaved Africans.

 

 

When the United States tribal War broke out between the Northern and the Southern sector of the country in 1861, Tubman served with the Union army of the North. She dreamed of bringing freedom to the enslaved in the South, so she worked as a nurse, scout, and a spy for the Union.   It was said that Harriet Tubman was probably the only woman who served through the war as scout, army nurse, and spy, taking her life in her hands many times in the last capacity. She was proud of the fact that she had worm “pants” and carried a musket, canteen and haversack, accoutrements which she retained after the war and left as precious relics to her admirers.  When the war broke out she did not wait for the Emancipation Proclamation but began at once forcible to free slaves.

 

 

In 1863, when it was decided to use Negro troops, Harriet was instantly alert to become a nurse for a regiment, and when the famous Fifty-fourth Massachusetts marched away from Boston, the event now commemorated by the bronze tablet of Col. Robert Gould Shaw and his men opposite the State House on Boston Commons, Harriet followed a few days later with a commission in her pocket from governor Andrew. She cooked for colonel Shaw (depicted in the movie GLORY-with Denzil Washington) and dined with him too, on certain occasions, and when she was not acting cook, she was turned loose as escaped “contraband” to browse around in the enemy’s lines, only to reappear soon with valuable news of the Confederate movements.   That year, she also led a group of African soldiers under Colonel James Montgomery on a raid. Nearly 800 slaves were freed as a result.

 

 

On one occasion she informed Major General Hunter at Hilton Head of mines planted in the river  and several gunboats sent to the scene removed a lot of torpedores that would certainly destroyed an expedition about to pass over that dangerous ground.  Harriet went to Fort Wagner after that famous charge was made there and aided in burying the black soldiers and their White officers, and in nursing the injured.  Her success as a nurse, especially her ability to cure men of dysentery by means of native herbs, became so well known to the army surgeons that she was transferred by the War Department to Fernandina, Fla. which in 1863-65 was a military base, as in the Spanish-American War of 1898.  A $20 per month pension from the United States Government was eventually given to Harriet for her service in the Civil War. She used the money to further support her hue-manitarian causes.

 

“In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.”

Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister during World War II

 

 

I went on a website link, awhile back and scrolled down a long list of African females that were killed in the invasion of sovereign Iraq and was saddened by the number of them 18, 19 and 22 years old.  Killed because they believed the hype of defending this large militarily and politically powerful country, from a nation that never did anything to it. Despite the cacophony of discourse, discord and opposition to “president” Cheney’s war effort, the propaganda machine continues to churn out more bullshit daily, fertilizing the barren minds of the citizen sheep, who cower nightly with shot gun at hand fearing a bunch of fanatical, dark skinned, bearded, “sand n***ers (and real ones just for good measures).

 

 

When daylight shines down on them, exposing their naked corruptive enabling of a morally bankrupt ruling elite, frustrated as they see theirs and their progeny’s future leave every city in the name of Free Trade, these same citizen sheep bury their pain and disappointment in booze, hard drugs hard pornography and even softer porn (sports, American Idol, etc) and other sundry distractions.  Anything but the willingness to believe that their Babylonian Kingdom is falling fast.

 

It is easier to dominate someone if they are unaware of being dominated. Colonised and colonisers both know that domination is not just based on physical supremacy. Control of hearts and minds follows military conquest. Which is why any empire that wants to last must capture the souls of its subjects.

Ignacio Ramonet, The control of pleasure,
Le Monde diplomatique, May 2000

Any “Nation”, and by no means is America Inc. a nation but more a corporation, that worships a piece of multi hued cloth (old glory), a figure head (president) and a notion of superiority based on the land mass, above and beyond truth, charity and human rights deserved to be mislead on the way to the bottom of the sea. The saying that common sense is not common is instructive in that so many of us Africans were given a powerful computer, but don’t even know how to turn it on much less use it. 

 

Movies/documentaries to watch:

 

9/11: Press for Truth

Sicko

Denial Stops Here: From 9/11 to Peak Oil and Beyond

The Great Conspiracy: the 9/11 News Special You Never Saw

The Truth and Lies of 9/11

911: In Plane Site
Pentagon Strike
Loose Change

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

One thought on “The propaganda of War

  1. “Most of our conflicts and difficulties come from trying to deal with the spiritual and practical aspects of our life separately instead of realizing them as parts of one whole. If our practical life is centered on our own interests, cluttered up by possessions, distracted by ambitions, passions, wants and worries, beset by a sense of our own rights and importance, or anxieties for our own future, or longings for our own success, we need not expect that our spiritual life will be a contrast to all this.” – Evelyn Underhill
    “The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.” — Henri L Bergson

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