Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Attack attack IRAQ

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Attack attack IRAQ

«We must remember that in time of war what is said on the enemy’s side of the front is always propaganda, and what is said on our side of the front is truth and righteousness, the cause of humanity and a crusade for peace.»
— Walter Lippmann

The Gulf War was perhaps the most efficient war in American History, at least when considering the cost in American lives. It proved that U.S. technology and U.S. military doctrine is a potent force when applied to the world stage.

The Gulf War was given greater media coverage than any war ever before. There were twenty-four hour news coverage on some stations, regularly extended news bulletins on others, news which, unlike during the Vietnam War, was not a day old, but a couple of hours only, even just a few minutes. But the US authorities had learnt their lesson from Vietnam, in which television reporting and photographs of body bags was widely held to have turned public opinion against the war.

In the Gulf, the authorities adopted the 'pool system' which had been developed by the British for coverage of the Falklands conflict. There may have been over two thousand journalists in the Gulf, but only a few were selected by the military every day to visit selected positions under carefully controlled conditions, on their return 'pooling' their story with the others who had not been selected.

In the second chapter in John MacArthur's book Second Front, it says that the invading Iraqis ripped babies from their incubators in Kuwaiti hospitals and left them to die. The story was a complete fabrication by the PR firm Hill & Knowlton, who were paid by the Kuwaitis to improve their image. The truth eventually became known, but by then Congress had held its vote.


Blogger faraz kayani said...

A very intriguing post, especially the very last paragraph. You mentioned how the story about the Iraqis was a total fabrication, but by the time it was classified as a lie, the congress had already authorized the war. The 2003 Iraq war was orchestrated in the same manner, our government officials screamed "WMD," and by the time news channel started to accept the fact that no "WMD" existed in Iraq, the congress had already authorized the war.

4/02/2009 10:42 AM  

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