Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Culture of Fear being used to sell more war

NPR is really, really concerned.

About an ISIS school -- here and here.

NPR does tell you it's in Kunar Province in Afghanistan.

But it fails to answer so many other questions.

Like -- is this a 'safety school' or considered one of the better ones?

Or what happens if your child is wait-listed?

We do learn that the school teaches boys and girls -- and in the same room, so you might consider that something of an advance for Afghanistan.

I'm sorry am I supposed to take this seriously?

Embrace The Culture of Fear the media's selling non-stop these days?

Let's get really honest and tell a few truths.

For starters, if France hadn't been attacked on Friday, the western media wouldn't give a damn.

Because they don't give a damn about human life.

The horrors inflicted on France -- true ones, a genuine tragedy -- take place every day in Iraq, take place in Libya and in Egypt and in . . .

And no one gives a damn.

Our Lady of Salvation Church, to give but one example, is attacked in Baghdad October 31, 2010 and at least 58 worshipers were killed with at least 78 more left injured.

And it was a headline.

A minor blip.

CNN did not go wall-to-wall for even one day -- let alone days.

When the Islamic State declared war on Christians in Iraq (in a recorded message two days after the attack), this did not result in massive news coverage.

Nor did President Barack Obama begin to use the term "genocide" to describe how Iraq's Christian population was being persecuted.

Over 125,000 have been forced to flee.

The number killed is probably at least that.

(And killed by more than just the Islamic State.  Shi'ites have targeted the Christian population as well.)

No one wants to talk about why Mosul was taken by the Islamic State.

But it was refuge for Christians who stayed in Iraq.

Many fled there, especially after the attack on Our Lady of Salvation Church.

But that's never been an interesting 'hook' or 'angle' for the news, has it?

What happened in France was tragic and worthy of coverage.

So is what happens every day in Iraq.

Xenophobia goes a long way towards explaining the lack of coverage.

So does the fact that violence in Iraq really doesn't argue for more military action.  The US has been doing military action in one form or another on Iraq for how many decades now?

But the tragic events in Paris are being used by the same media to whip up more war and more fear.

The same media that sold the illegal invasion and war that began in 2003 and continues to this day.

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