a reply to: lonesomerimbaud
My feeling is the current situation is partly a result of Western modern imperialism, or the perception of the same, largely concentrated and carried
out in the Middle East, coupled with media reporting and persuasive imagery, psychologically effective and reactive words and phrases designed to
shape and mold the public's opinions regarding operations in that region.
Since the disastrous public relations fiasco of Vietnam, where the superior USA military machine was effectively castrated by negative public opinion,
opinion which was mostly formed from media coverage resulting in a ramping up and blossoming of fledgling peace movements, such as the beatniks and
Hippies...the military machine became impotent and the USA lost the Vietnam war...the galling thing was the USA didn't lose the war in Vietnam, they
lost the war at home, in the USA.
I think this was the tipping point for TPTB where they realised, quite quickly two important things.
One was the power of the people...the public, once organised and galvanised by emotive based reasoning were virtually unstoppable, especially with the
freedoms and rights afforded to the public at the time.
And the other was the astonishing power of the media to either promote and cultivate that emotive reasoning in the public or to subvert and or
redirect that same emotive force among us. TPTB had of course always known the media could be a valuable tool, but quite how powerful became apparent
during the 60's and 70's.
Of course, since then the media is the primary manipulative tool used for public opinion shaping...TPTB won't allow another Vietnam style public
awakening with the media helping to cultivate that awakening. Now the media is firmly and apart from online independents, almost exclusively in
TPTB's arsenal of tools to use for their own agendas.
We see 'psychologically provocative' statements regarding terrorism almost everyday in the MSM, a pained look here, a carefully and subtly worded
phrase there, sympathetic body language, emotive graphics and much more besides all contribute to the Psy-Ops that is Opinion shaping using the
This is what generates public fear and anxieties, not the actual terrorism..which for the overwhelming majority of people, regardless of where they
live, never actually affects them, their families or their way of life...except for the changes to their way of life that comes from the authorities
or TPTB who wish and engineer these changes to suit or facilitate there hidden agendas for us and our societies and way of life.
Yes, terrorist could use any of the WMD's you mention...but they have not - even though access to such materials can be manufactured, can be stolen,
can be infiltrated and can be utilised at the whim of these disgruntled groups, provided sufficient time and opportunity to insinuate themselves into
the required positions necessary to procure such materials.
While we do depend on our security services to detect and prevent such things, i instinctively feel that much of what is said 'could happen', would
never happen and much of it is to generate the required environment of distrust and fear rolling along.
The end game or goal of this is anyone's guess...totalitarian control and absolute power? Imperialism? Resource grabs? All without the public
opposition on the scale and emotive force of the Vietnam era.
I think that is much too simplistic a reason, power for the sake of power just isn't enough IMO. Even resource grabs don't really explain it all in
Whatever the reason and the ultimate goal of engineered fear and loathing, i can see the psychological engineering at work on the MSM, as i hardly
watch it, but when i do, this opinion shaping is obvious to me, albeit on a mostly subtle level.