June 19, 2010
Remember Hitler’s maxim that the bigger and the more outrageous the lie, the more likely the masses are to believe it? Following the results of a recent poll we once again get an object lesson demonstrating that Hitler knew what he was talking about.
“Majorities in many Western and some Muslim countries are willing to consider military action against Iran to prevent the Islamic republic from obtaining nuclear weapons, a global poll showed on Thursday,” reports the Sydney Morning Herald today. “The Pew Research Center’s poll conducted in 22 countries found majorities or pluralities in 16 countries endorsing the possibility of military intervention.”
Naturally Americans are more susceptible to neocon propaganda than other people around the world. In America, a sucker is born every minute, as P. T. Barnum said (actually it was “Paper Collar Joe” Bessimer who made the cynical comment).
“Americans are among the most supportive of a military option to deal with Iran with 66 per cent of those who oppose a nuclear-armed Iran saying they would consider the use of force, a figure second only to Nigeria’s 71 per cent.”
No explanation why Nigerians are more brain-dead than Americans who spend large periods of time sucking up fallacious and absurd propaganda disseminated by a corporate media that works hand-in-glove with transnational corporations and the military-industrial complex, or maybe that should be military-industrial-media complex.
The death merchants have burrowed deep inside the corporate media — the Carlyle Group at the New York Times (the “liberal” newspaper instrumental in propagating neocon murder disinfo prior the invasion of Iraq), Bechtel at NBC (owned by mega-death merchant General Electric), Boeing and Halliburton at ABC, and Lockheed-Martin at Gannett.
Both Fox News and CNN enthusiastically cheered the invasion of Iraq. CNN not only sought advice from the Pentagon on new hires during the invasion, but during a previous invasion the Pentagon ran the show at the news network.
In Europe the numbers are lower — 59 per cent in France think it is OK to mass murder Iranians, while 51 percent of Germans, 50 percent of Spaniards, and 48 percent of Britons approve of bombing Iran. Germans are more than two generations removed from the horrors of Hitler and the bombing of their cities and this in part probably explains why they support such lunacy.
Even Muslims support killing Iranians. In Egypt 55 percent of those polled support engaging in war crimes while 53 percent in Jordan and 44 percent in Lebanon support it (the lower number in Lebanon is probably due to the fact they distinctly remember Israel bombing their country a couple years ago).
“Russians were divided on the use of force, with 32 per cent in each camp, while the Chinese poll respondents favored avoiding a clash by a margin of 43 to 35 per cent; in Japan the priority of avoiding conflict was endorsed by 55 per cent to 34 per cent,” reports the AFP.
Makes sense. Germany killed more than 25 million Russians (and Stalin killed a lot more) and the Chinese probably remember the Japanese murdering and pillaging their way across the country prior to the Second World War. Japan was nuked by the United States twice (90,000–166,000 civilians were killed in Hiroshima and 60,000–80,000 in Nagasaki).
Large numbers of Americans and Europeans also support imposing sanctions on Iran. “The poll found strong opposition to the Iranian nuclear effort and support for stronger sanctions in Spain (79 per cent), Britain (78 per cent), Germany (77 per cent) and France (76 per cent), as well as 67 per cent in Russia and 58 per cent in China.”
Bush Senior, his son, and Clinton made sure “strong” sanctions imposed on Iraq before the U.S. invaded ultimately resulted in the death of more than 500,000 Iraqi children. “This is a very hard choice, but we think the price is worth it,” said Clinton Secretary of State, Madeline Albright.
This “instrument of our policy” — as the globalist Bill Richardson called it — resulted in increased morbidity, mortality, low birth weight babies, infectious disease, malnutrition, epidemics, a break down of health services, and a decrease in available medicines and medical equipment.
Medieval sanctions resulted in decreased agricultural production and a drastic decrease in household diet and caloric intake. The U.S. intentionally used sanctions against Iraq to degrade the country’s water supply. “It knew what the consequences would be: increased outbreaks of disease and high rates of child mortality. And it was more concerned about the public relations nightmare for Washington than the actual nightmare that the sanctions created for innocent Iraqis,” notes Thomas J. Nagy.
Iranians are not likely to accept such a brutal “sanctions regime” imposed on their country by self-righteous globalists. Brainwashed Americans and Europeans believe sanctions and a concerted bombing campaign will deter Iran from building nuclear weapons it does not have the capacity to build (not with the 20% enriched uranium — entirely legal under the NPT — they now manufacture).
In fact, the sanctions (declaring war on Iran) will result in the closure of the Persian Gulf and shortages of oil that will deliver a fatal blow to already teetering western economies.
Pew should conduct a poll after Americans are forced to pay $7 or more for a gallon of gas and prices on just about everything go through the ceiling (most of what we consume is delivered by truck, including the beer and pizza Americans invariably consume while watching war coverage controlled by the military-industrial-complex on television).
Faced with such hardship most of them will probably say Iran should be reduced to a green glass parking lot.