My friend Roger just sent me this article.
Eric Margolis writes:
Now, I have no love for Saddam’s sinister, brutal regime. The last time I was in Baghdad, in late 1990, the Iraqi secret police threatened to hang me as a spy after I discovered a group of technicians and scientists who had been secretly sent by the British government to produce anthrax and other germ warfare weapons for Iraq to use against Iran.
But what I dislike even more than Saddam’s nasty regime are government lies and propaganda.
Since 9/11, Americans have been subjected to the most intense propaganda campaign from their government since World War I. Much of the mainstream U.S. media have been intimidated by the Bush administration into unquestioningly amplifying its party line.
Or, in the worst tradition of yellow, jingoist journalism, they act as cheerleaders for war.
I am reminded of the sycophantic Soviet media during the days of Chairman Leonid Brezhnev.
The American public, often wobbly about geography, history and international affairs, has been alternatively terrified and enraged by bare-faced lies that Iraq was about to attack America with nuclear weapons or germs, and was a secret ally of al-Qaida.
A shocking two-thirds of Americans mistakenly believe Iraq staged the 9/11 attacks.
A surging wave of anti-Islamic hate, promoted in part by Bush’s allies on the loony far right, and administration repression of Muslims, frighteningly recalls Europe’s growing anti-Semitism of the early 1930s.
These are the reasons why a majority of Americans still support a war of aggression against Iraq, though more and more question the president’s motives.