Syria: air attacks loom as Britain and US pledge to use force within two weeks
|Intelligence on targets would come from pilotless drones patrolling the skies above Syria and special forces on the ground.|
For many months prior to the start of the Second World War, the German press and media, had conducted a campaign of distortion and myth essentially directed at Poland, with the objective of justifying their subsequent aggression against that country, culminating with the invasion of September 1st 1939, and instigating, what became the deadliest conflict in human history, with an estimated 50 million to 85 million fatalities.
The “art” of propaganda, was described in Mien Kampf with the words
“The art of propaganda consists precisely in being able to awaken the imagination of the public through an appeal to their feelings, in finding the appropriate psychological form that will arrest the attention and appeal to the hearts of the national masses. The broad masses of the people are not made up of diplomats or professors of public jurisprudence nor simply of persons who are able to form reasoned judgement in given cases, but a vacillating crowd of human children who are constantly wavering between one idea and another.”
and in another passage
From the general tone of much of today’s press and media, it would be understandable for one to think that they had somehow been transported in time and were reading the newspapers of August 26th 1939 at a Berlin street news stand. The only subtle difference, is that references to Poland had been transformed in references to Syria.
Consider just a sample of media leads from this mornings press:
The Regime Has Something To Hide': Huffington Post.
US Weighing Military Options In Syria: Huffington Post.
Syrian offer on UN team 'too little, too late': The Guardian.
NATO members could act against Syria without UN mandate: The Guardian.
Syria: west weighs up military options at meeting of top generals in Jordan: The Guardian.
Syrian rebels claim receipt of major weapons shipment: The Guardian.
Navy ready to launch first strike on Syria within days after gas attack: The Telegraph“Britain planning to join forces with America and launch military action against Syria within days”
Syria: air attacks loom as West finally acts: The Independant“Britain and US pledge to use force within two weeks”
How the West could smash Assad's arsenal: UK and US military chiefs drawing up a list of targets for precision-guided bombs and missiles: Daily Mail.“The West is drawing up a list of targets for Cruise missile strikes aimed at crippling the Assad regime.”
Britain poised to bomb Syria over suspected chemical weapons atrocity which killed hundreds of children: Mirror.
“ David Cameron is considering an allied bombing blitz with France and the US which could start in days”
West eyes air strikes on Syrian military. Financial Times.
Britain and US to “hit Syria in days”. The Sun
Syria warns off US as experts probe gas attack: Express“BRITAIN and the US are poised for a missile strike against Syria “within days” after rebels say a suspected gas attack left up to 1,300 dead.”
Syria raid threat from British allies: Daily Star.
UK urges 'serious response' on Syria: BBC News
“He said Prime Minister David Cameron had spoken with President Barack Obama and that both agree there must be a 'serious response.' “
I have argued in previous posts, that the United States, the United Kingdom and latterly France have been itching to become involved in the conflict since it began two years ago. Whatever covert motives other powers may have for intervention, this is a civil war with its roots going back to the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the subsequent division of land in the Middle East, essentially by the French and Great Britain using straight lines across the sand to denote borders, with no recognition of ethnic, cultural or tribal differences.
Since WW2 of course a complex situation has been made infinitely worse by the "Western powers" imposing and supporting "friendly"governments and regimes in countries across the region, notwithstanding the fact that such regimes are invariably despised and unwanted by the majority of their peoples.Consequently, oppressive military dictatorships have been established to ensure that the country remains "on side" with the West or has it has become known as "the International Community".
Today's clamour in the press, for intervention against the Syrian government, is no more than part of an orchestrated campaign to create public acceptance of the proposition, that military action is the only way forward, that the Assad government are the bad guys and that we must act now to end the conflict.
The outcome of course will be fundamentally different. The motives and targets may have changed since 1939 but the method of creating the hysteria remains the same, albeit with a few subtle differences and with the utilisation of 21st century technology.
On 26th August 1939, World War 2 was just six days away. How will history record the events of 26th August 2013 and the next six days ?