Endless War category archive
What’s more alarming: That Trump lies all the time about everything or that the Trumpettes willingly believe him without question?
If one does not
understand know have awareness of value grasp appreciate one’s own culture, one likely will not appreciate that of others.
In a similar vein, David Niose discusses the conditioning. A snippet:
Through a combination of cultural forces, some overt and others subtle, Americans are taught from a young age to accept their country’s militarism without question. This conditioning has numerous ingredients. Themes of nationalism and militarism are frequently injected into public life through the media and other institutions, for example, as is a sense of righteousness, a rarely challenged belief that the country is almost always a force for good.
Fear is also a major element in conditioning minds for war. Americans of all ages are often reminded, by their government and the media, that perceived enemies pose a constant danger. The Soviet threat was used to justify military spending and adventurism around the globe for much of the latter twentieth century . . . . More recently, through constant reminders of the “war on terror,” Americans are effectively conditioned to see evildoers as always looming.
Will Bunch points out that it’s starting all over again once more. A snippet:
And the shocking events of the last 100 hours or so — beginning with the provocative and impulsive President Trump-ordered assassination of an Iranian general — have been like a PTSD flashback on acid of blatantly lying government officials and chest-thumping warmongering TV pundits, on top of the dull ache of realization that that for six decades now you’ve watched the United States and its leaders learn absolutely nothing.
Explorers “blazed a trail” because the tree looks different from the other side.
Noz looks at the other side of the tree and discovers some true equivalences.
Shorter PoliticalProf: Beware of false prophets (and their false prophecies).
Mel Gurtov examines how endless warriors cook up endless wars. Here’s one ingredient from the recipe (emphasis in the original):
Lie when you have to: Most everyone on the ground saw the disconnect between what was actually happening and what had to be said in public. Lying became commonplace. As one colonel said, “Every data point was altered to present the best picture possible.”
Follow the link for his complete list of ingredients.