Why Are The Tricks Used To Sell War in 2003 Working in 2014? Have We Learned Nothing?
“You can’t change the world with words Bill, unless you write those words in the evening news with blood.” – Tom Bowen, In the movie Non-Stop
Glenn Beck tried to cash in on the feeling of unity many had after 9/11. His 9/12 project in 2009 was BS. But he did understand there was unity after 9/11/2001. I came from anger, blood-lust and the feeling, “Let’s all get the bastards who did this.”
He wasn’t the only one using the bodies of the dead to get what he wanted. The desire for vengeance was stoked and consciously used by the Bush/Cheney White House to get us into Iraq. They used the raw emotion from 2001, but it wasn’t enough. The sale of war in Iraq needed mind-changing visuals, serious authority figures, big money support and clever catch phrases. Remember:
- Photos of mobile labs with anthrax vials?
- Ex-Pentagon generals vs. anti-war actresses and actors on TV?
- The media ignoring who was paying the retired generals?
- Slick word play the WH used to link 9/11 anger to Saddam? (BTW, that was linguistic evil genius.)
And who can forget this deadly visual word poem.
“Smoking gun in the shape of a mushroom cloud.”
They won’t be able to do it again, right? We are smarter now. Many of us even spotted it all at the time. But it didn’t stop the total war train. How do we use our knowledge this time?
Can they use our emotion like last time? After 13 years the confusion, sadness, anger and desire to act has diminished. And now we have been lied to. And bilked. And emotionally manipulated by professionals.
If someone wants to evoke that 9/12 feeling again they need a fresh jolt to the system. Like beheadings.
Following 9/12/2001 the rage and anger was scaled up to include entire regions. The right wing wanted an entire religious faith to be punished. Any suggestion of trying to understand who did it and why it happened was mocked. Anything less than “glass parking lots” was “letting the terrorists win.”
But in 2014 you can start asking questions. Is there another way to deal with this current atrocity? Can we scale down? Focus?
During the run up a lot of people spotted the tricks and lies, but our protests were ignored. What will we do differently this time? New anti-war chants? (I swear to Surak if I hear one more “Hey Hey Ho Ho something something has got to go!” at a protest I will indulge in human emotion. )
People are already talking like it’s too late. Can’t we use the tools and leverage we have now we didn’t have before?
The Fall War Launch Needs New Words, Images, People and Emotion
We know how they sold the 2003 Iraq War to us. Spot the tricks this time! Look for: