The media rubber stamp of war
By ELSON CONCEPCION PEREZ
LAS TUNAS, Cuba (18 August 2006) - HOW MANY TIMES have we heard or read statements, that although totally false, become fixed in many people's minds due to their constant repetition?
There is no doubt that this is where the essence of the media's power lies, when it is used by the powerful and those intent in imposing their dictates.
Many examples abound. I will mention only a few, related to the way the United States and its European allies make use of the media.
Over 2000 Palestinians have died since the last Intifada
Intifada, a term meaning resistance, is used to identify the Palestinians fight against Israel's most brutal aggression and occupation. But the mass media tries to make people around the world believe that it is precisely because of the Intifada that Palestinians are dying. In that way, what could be considered an insignificant nuance (since the last Intifada), is in fact a media rubber stamp to create public opinion against the resistance of the suffering Palestinian people.
"Tel Aviv has attacked terrorist groups in Gaza after they kidnapped an Israeli soldier."
In this case, the media rubber stamp is expressed by three elements of distortion:
1.- They call terrorist those who are fighting and resisting the Israeli invasion and occupation.
2.- Israel, "the innocent", is attacking the Palestinians out of self-defense.
3.- It is said and repeated that one Israeli soldier was kidnapped, when in fact, he was taken prisoner in combat.
The media rubber stamp seeks to justify the attack on Gaza and the killing of hundreds of civilians, including children, as a legitimate Israeli action.
"Israel attacked the Hezbollah Shiite militia in Lebanon after they abducted two soldiers."
This justification resembles the previous one. Several lies are used and a most notorious manipulation: 1.- It is said that Hezbollah kidnapped two Israeli soldiers, when in fact; they were arrested inside Lebanese territory. 2.-They argue that they are attacking Hezbollah, when everybody can see the images of the most brutal bombings against Lebanese cities and villages, including Beirut, the capital, destroying hospitals, airports, bridges, highways, housing and killing the civilian population.
"Iran deserves to be sanctioned if it does not suspend its nuclear program that could lead to the production of the atomic bomb."
This is another example of how the US and its allies insert the most blatant media distortion and how they fabricate lies to firstly try to force Iran to renounce its sovereign right to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, and secondly, they threaten it with sanctions and even military actions, putting at risk once again world stability in one of the most explosive areas of the planet.
Many examples could be added to the long list to illustrate how the media power is used to justify wars, aggressions and all types of crimes by the US administrations. It would suffice to mention the pretext of the weapons of mass destructions used to launch the war on Iraq. Or prior to that, the supposed ethnic cleansing in Kosovo, pretext that was used by Washington and NATO to attack and destroy Serbia and even bombarding and killing hundreds of displaced Serbians that were leaving Kosovo in convoys.
And what about Cuba and the use of the term "embargo", instead of BLOCKADE, when referring to the brutal economic aggression in place against the Island for over four decades?
To embargo means to retain something by legal mandate. What Washington exerts against Cuba is blocking, harassing, impeding and cutting all types of communication and commerce, while attempting to starve an entire nation. That is a Blockade.
Source: Periodico26.cu ,Local newspaper of Las tunas, http://www.periodico26.cu
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