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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

AMERICA'S BLINDERS

Now that most Americans no longer believe in the war, now that they no longer trust Bush and his Administration, now that the evidence of deception has become overwhelming (so overwhelming that even the major media, always late, have begun to register indignation), we might ask: HOW COME SO MANY PEOPLE WERE SO EASILY FOOLED?

The question is important because it might help us understand why Americans---members of the media as well as the ordinary citizen---rushed to declare their support as the President was sending troops halfway around the world to Iraq.

A small example of the innocence (or obsequiosness, to be more exact) of the press is the way it reacted to Colin Powell's presentation in February 2003 to the Security Council, a month before the invasion, a speech which may have set a record for the number of falsehoods told in one talk. In it, Powell confidently rattled off his "evidence:" satellite photographs, audio records, reports from informants, with precise statistics on how many gallons of this and that existed for chemical warfare. The New York Times was breathless with admiration. The Washington Post editorial was titled "Irrefutable" and declared that after Powell's talk "it is hard to imagine how anyone could doubt that Iraq possesses weapons of mass destruction."

It seems to me there are two reasons, which go deep into our national culture, and which help explain the vulnerability of the press and of the citizenry to outrageous lies whose consequences bring death to tens of thousands of people. IF WE CAN UNDERSTAND THOSE REASONS, WE CAN GUARD OURSELVES BETTER AGAINST BEING DECEIVED.

One is in the dimension of time, that is, AN ABSENCE OF HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE. The other is in the dimension of space, AN INABILITY TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOUNDARIES OF NATIONALISM. We are penned in an arrogant idea that this country is the center of the universe, exceptionally virtuous, admirable, superior.

IF WE DON'T KNOW HISTORY, THEN WE ARE READY MEAT FOR CARNIVOROUS POLITICIANS AND THE INTELLECTUALS AND JOURNALISTS WHO SUPPLY THE CARVING KNIVES. I am not speaking of the history we learned in school, a history subservient to our political leaders, from the much-admired Founding Fathers to the Presidents of recent years. I MEAN A HISTORY THAT IS HONEST ABOUT THE PAST. If we don't know that history, than any President can stand up to the battery of microphones, declare that we must go to war, AND WE WILL HAVE NO BASIS FOR CHALLENGING HIM. He will say that the nation is in danger, that democracy and liberty are at stake, and that we must therefore send ships and planes to destroy our new enemy, AND WE WILL HAVE NO REASON TO DISBELIEVE HIM.

But if we know some history, if we know how many times Presidents have made similar declarations to the country, and how they turned out to be LIES, WE WILL NOT BE FOOLED. Although some of us may pride ourselves that we were never fooled, we still might accept as our civic duty the repsonsibility to buttress our fellow citizens against the mendacity of our high officials.


Have to end this, a storm is coming..........

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