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  • Ohio Barbarian (2756 posts)
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    A Tale of Two Cities: 21st Century Propaganda Edition

    Once upon a time there were two cities in very similar circumstances. Both cities had been taken over and were occupied by a pack of religious fanatics who had the nasty habit of beheading or otherwise executing people who didn’t share their narrow and twisted version of one of the world’s great religions, and woe be to anyone who was not a believer in that religion at all. They were so fanatical that they even used up some of their supplies of explosives in destroying priceless ancient artifacts and works of art because those had been made by unbelievers hundreds or even thousands of years ago.

    This pack of fanatics was hell-bent on taking over the governments of the two respective countries in which the two cities were located. Not surprisingly, both governments, as governments will, fought back and were determined to free their cities of these mad men. Unfortunately for both governments, neither was strong enough to complete this task on their own, so they asked for help from powerful foreign nations.

    Both governments obtained this foreign support in arms, equipment, and foreign air power. The foreigners came in, set up air bases in both countries, and proceeded to bomb the shit out of the fanatics. The bombing succeeded in giving the respective government forces the upper hand, however, they had the unfortunate side effect of killing or displacing large numbers of civilians. The inhabitants of both cities suffered not only oppression by the religious fanatics, but were deprived of food, shelter, electricity, clean water, and medicine. Suffering was immense and tragic on a huge scale.

    Eventually, government forces were able to drive the religious fanatics out of both cities, and the soldiers from both countries uncovered horrible evidence of the atrocities committed by the fanatics during their rule.

    The cities, of course, are Aleppo and Mosul, and the time is now. The difference is in the reporting of the respective sieges by the Western “mainstream” media. The civilian suffering in Aleppo is attributed almost entirely to the actions of Syrian government and Russian air forces, while that same suffering in Mosul is attributed almost entirely to the actions of the religious fanatics known as ISIS while the damage caused by Iraqi government troops and American bombing is rarely mentioned.

    In Aleppo, the al-Nusra Front, a group with ties to Al Qaeda, the same terrorists who flew planes into buildings in America on 9/11/2001, are portrayed as freedom fighters against a tyrannical regime. Never mind that they are allied to and share the same twisted religious fanaticism of ISIS, who are fighting a regime in Baghdad that isn’t exactly all sweetness and enlightenment. Neither, of course, is the Syrian government, but Assad has a history of respecting freedom of religion, and our media almost never mentions that little fact.

    The contrast in the reporting is staggering. The bias is glaringly obvious. Fortunately, more and more Americans are seeing through this shameless propaganda. This morning, I saw Elizabeth Kucinich(yes, the wife of former Congressman Dennis Kucinich), on RT telling this tale with humanitarian passion and the power of truth behind her. She was probably there because no major American network wants to hear it.

    And our corporate media wonders why more and more Americans don’t find them credible. What magnificent arrogance! They need to take a good, long hard look at the realities on the ground in both Aleppo and Mosul, and then another good, hard look in the mirror.

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    "Identity politics is the last refuge of the politically incompetent."  --Me, with a hat tip to Isaac Asimov  

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  • ctsnowman (395 posts)
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    1. Out of the park

    I don’t watch MSM for this very reason. The blind support of our foreign policy is an indicator of how they cover other issues on the domestic front.

    Army and Navy veteran and a proud liberal.
    • Ohio Barbarian (2756 posts)
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      2. Thanks. On edit, corrected my typo in the last sentence.

      "Identity politics is the last refuge of the politically incompetent."  --Me, with a hat tip to Isaac Asimov