Tuesday, August 09, 2005

List o' war lies: Keep for handy reference

Please refer to this list of lies when the drums for war on Iran and/or Syria (or, for that matter, Venezuela) become unbearably loud. From the preface to Normon Solomon's book War Made Easy.
A lot of people want to believe that the current war on Iraq is some kind of aberration—a radical departure from the previous baseline of U.S. foreign policy. That's a comforting illusion.

Yes, the current administration in Washington is notable for the extreme mendacity and calculated idiocy of its claims. But -- decade after decade—the propaganda fuel for one U.S. war after another has flowed from a standard set of lies.
  • America Is a Fair and Noble Superpower
  • Our Leaders Will Do Everything They Can to Avoid War
  • Our Leaders Would Never Tell Us Outright Lies
  • This Guy Is a Modern-Day Hitler
  • This Is About Human Rights
  • This Is Not at All About Oil or Corporate Profits
  • They Are the Aggressors, Not Us
  • If This War Is Wrong, Congress Will Stop It
  • If This War Is Wrong, the Media Will Tell Us
  • Media Coverage Brings War Into Our Living Rooms
  • Opposing the War Means Siding With the Enemy
  • This Is a Necessary Battle in the War on Terrorism
  • What the U.S. Government Needs Most Is Better PR
  • The Pentagon Fights Wars as Humanely as Possible
  • Our Soldiers Are Heroes, Theirs Are Inhuman
  • America Needs the Resolve to Kick the "Vietnam Syndrome"
  • Withdrawal Would Cripple U.S. Credibility

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