by Stephen Lendman
Propaganda wars precede hot ones. Conflicts and other forms of violence are glorified in the name of peace. Doublespeak duplicity claim it. Wars are waged to prevent it.
Ongoing ones assure more ahead. Unconscionable death counts rise. America, Israel, key NATO partners, and regional allies bear full responsibility. Humanity hangs in the balance.
Humanitarian intervention and responsibility to protect (R2P) mask ravaging one country after another. Slaughter and mass destruction are called liberating struggles.
Plunder is for economic development. Exploitation and dominance are called democracy building. Media scoundrels invert truth for public support.
When America goes to war or plans them, they march obediently in lockstep. Administration, congressional and Pentagon propaganda get reported as news and information.
Big Lies make headlines. They're repeated ad nauseam. Media scoundrels are so addicted to lying, perhaps their employment contracts mandate misinformation, deceit and distortion while avoiding truth at all cost.
What better way to explain scoundrel journalism. Fundamental good reporting principles are spurned. Ethical standards are ignored.
The history of sensationalism, yellow journalism, and lying about what matters most in America is long and sordid. It dates back centuries. Accurate reporting is most important when lives, human welfare, and perhaps humanity are on the line.
Television is worst of all. In a June 1950 commencement address, Boston University President Daniel Marsh said, "If the (television) craze continues....we are destined to have a nation of morons."
Famed comedian Ernie Kovacs (1919 - 1962) once called it a medium because it's neither rare or well done.
He'd be horrified by what goes on now. It fails on all counts. So do scoundrel print media. They give news, information, and opinion reporting bad names.
Long before television arrived, journalist Walter Lippmann called the public "the bewildered herd." In policy matters, they're considered "spectators," not "participants."
"The common interests elude public opinion entirely," he said. That's how it should be, he added.
America's privileged class alone should manage policy. Only they need proper education and training. Treat others like mushrooms - well-watered and in the dark. Distract them with bread and circuses. Misinform them with managed and junk food news.
Media scoundrels betray the reading and viewing public. They're best served by walking away, tuning out, and choosing credible sources for what they most need to know. Greater numbers now do it. One day perhaps everyone will.
Scoundrel media wars rage against Syria. People are being systematically lied to and manipulated to accept more war. Western-recruited proxies wage it no-holds barred. They specialize in gruesome atrocities. Managed news reports suppress them.
Full-scale intervention looms. It could happen anytime. Early next year looks most likely.
Global Research associate Julie Levesque highlights " 'chemical propaganda' and fabricated evidence." When threats don't exist, they're invented.
When headlined enough most people believe them. War followed hyping nonexistent Iraq WMDs for months. False claims precede all wars. They're based on lies and deception. It happens every time.
No matter how often people are fooled, they're easy to deceive again. They're being prepared for full-scale war on Syria. It's deja vu all over again.
Michel Chossudovsky highlighted the "Syria Chemical Weapons Saga." Perhaps another "US-NATO Humanitarian Disaster" awaits. It's likely given how often the same scenario played out earlier.
After detailed planning and implementation, it's hard imagining Washington now going soft. Don't expect it. It won't happen. Before Syrian ravaging ends, it may exceed the worst of charnel house Libya.
With about four times the population, imagine the possible death, injury, and mass destruction toll. Imagine potential cutthroat killer Islamofascist rule replacing Assad governance most Syrians support.
Libya 2.0 on a much uglier scale looks possible. Chemical propaganda and other misreporting precede what looks likely.
Chossudovsky says people are being manipulated to believe "that a 'frustrated' and 'desperate' (Assad) is planning to use deadly chemical weapons against his own people."
Doing so would be like putting a gun to his head and pulling the trigger. The possibility of using them internally is nil except perhaps against NATO foreign invaders. Even then it's unlikely unless Western WMDs are used on Syrians.
Managed news reports invent the worst about Assad. Chossudovsky quoted NBC News claiming "Syria's military has loaded nerve-gas chemicals into bombs and are awaiting final orders from al-Assad."
Media hype rages "full gear." "Fake reports" make headline news. We've heard it all before many times. It's repeated because it works. Only the war theaters, heads of state, and fakery vary.
Otherwise it's an old script rerun. Propaganda films follow at times. History is re-invented. Facts are turned on their head. Bad guys are them, not us. The worst of all possible worlds is called the best.
An ending too gruesome to imagine perhaps looms. Humanity may not survive. America's imperium matters most. Those in charge go for broke, and let the devil take the hindmost.
That's how imperial rogues think. Media scoundrels share responsibility. Thoughts of blood on their hands never enter their minds. Only wealth, power, privilege, dominance, and winner take all matter.
Body counts are a small price to pay. It's hard imagining how these people were raised. Perhaps they forgot moral lessons taught. Maybe they remember but don't care. It shows in what they support and tolerate.
Wednesday reports hyped Abbas firing scud missiles inside Syria. Western headlines feature it. Unnamed US officials are sources. Ones preferring anonymity lack credibility. So do journalists using them.
At issue isn't whether scuds, other missiles or rockets are used. It's implying use of or plans to use chemical weapons.
Reports follow scurrilous ones about Assad loading sarin nerve agents or other deadly chemicals in bombs. They also suggest intensified Assad belligerence. Implied is that more civilians in his line of fire are dying.
At her daily press briefing, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said:
"As the regime becomes more and more desperate, we see it resorting to increased lethality and more vicious weapons moving forward, and we have in recent days seen missiles deployed."
She added that Washington is concerned about a weapon called a "barrel (incendiary) bomb." She said it contains inflammable materials. Human Rights Watch claimed he used them. More on that below.
"It's sort of a napalm-like thing and is completely indiscriminate in terms of civilians, so very, very concerning and indicative of the regime's desperation and the regime's brutality," said Nuland.
What's most "indicative" is ignoring America's longstanding use of napalm, agent orange in Southeast Asia, biological and chemical poisons, depleted and enriched uranium weapons, as well as other illegal toxins. It's official US policy in all wars Washington wages.
Large areas of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Vietnam and elsewhere America attacked aren't safe to live it. Toxicity levels are too high. Uranium contamination is permanent.
No evidence whatever shows Assad uses chemical or other toxins. Suggesting he does or may hypes fear ahead of likely full-scale intervention.
On December 13, his Foreign and Expatriates Ministry "denied as untrue rumors about the Syrian Arab Army using Scud Missiles to confront the armed terrorist groups."
It responded to falsely circulating claims. It named Turkey and partnered countries conspiring against Syria.
On December 12, Human Rights Watch (HRW) was back to its old tricks. It shills for US direct and proxy wars as well as others planned. It features anti-Assad propaganda. It headlined "Syria: Incendiary Weapons Used in Populated Areas."
It claimed Assad used them "in at least four locations….since mid-November." Anti-Assad witnesses said so. Unverified video footage was shown. It's been fake before. It's simple to do.
HRW admitted it's "investigating unconfirmed reports of the use of incendiary weapons in (various) parts of Syria." Proper analysis demands doing so first, finding clear evidence if it exists, then reporting the findings.
HRW so far has nothing more than dubious video evidence and suspect witnesses. They're not named or identified. Numerous earlier reports were falsified.
No verifiable evidence suggests this one is legitimate. HRW's last comment said "Syria is not known to be a producer or exporter of incendiary weapons." It claims a stockpile of Soviet origin remains.
If any were obtained that long ago, their usefulness may have expired. Chemical and biological weapons lose potency over time. Their shelf life is limited. Perhaps it's true also for incendiaries.
The New York Times was most responsible for misreporting on non-existent Iraq chemical weapons. Judith Miller's rewritten daily front page Pentagon handouts proved effective propaganda.
Her writing became a weapon of mass destruction. She featured an entire Noah's Ark of scam artists hyping fake threats. War followed. The "cradle of civilization" was destroyed.
Iraq is permanently occupied. Libya followed. Afghanistan boils. Syria looms. The Times plays the lead propaganda role. Miller is gone, but other disreputable writers replaced her. No shortage exists in Times Square or foreign venues.
On December 12, Michael Gordon and Eric Schmitt headlined "Syria Uses Scud Missiles in New Effort to Push Back Rebels."
Both writers called a Western-generated foreign invasion a "civil war." Nothing "civil" characterizes what's going on. Neither one explained.
At least six "Soviet-designed" scuds were fired. They're "not known for their precision." Obama's red line stresses using chemical weapons internally.
Assad may have calculated he "can resort to such lethal weapons without the fear of international intervention…."
Former Army intelligence officer Joseph Holliday was quoted saying he "views every weapon short of chemicals as fair game."
He "escalated its use of force whenever the rebels' strength has presented a significant challenge to the regime."
The detailed article omitted heavy weapons supplied foreign fighters. It ignored their atrocities. They're committed regularly. Pro-Assad loyalists are targeted. Civilian neighborhoods are raided. Slaughter follows. Neither writer explained.
Death squads are considered liberators. They're not "rebels." They're foreign mercenary killers. They're paid or otherwise enlisted to murder and destroy.
Their ranks are infested with Islamofascists. Syrians deplore what they represent. They have no say in what Washington plans. No do civilians in other US targeted countries.
Rogue states demand unchallenged dominance. Popular sentiment isn't tolerated. Imperial wars rage. The entire region and beyond is threatened.
Potential death and mass destruction too gruesome to imagine looms. Stay tuned. More reports will follow.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."
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