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Thursday, September 22

How governments manipulate their citizens

Ah, yes!
First we had the elusive to the point of being mercurial 'Osama' dude, and now we are all supposed to be looking under our beds for 'Zarkawi'.

These guys are just too good to be true.


They are apparently an amalgam of Superman, Batman and the Invisible Man, who can not be found and who have legiions of fanatical and unbelievably capable hanchmen who can also not really be found, and if they ever are, can be immediately replaced by equally competent 'terrorists'.

Makes you wonder a bit, doesn't it?

Here is an article from Signs of the Times which needs be considered to put this all into context:

How US fuelled myth of Zarqawi the mastermind
By Adrian Blomfield outside Fallujah

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the terrorist leader believed to be responsible for the abduction of Kenneth Bigley, is 'more myth than man', according to American military intelligence agents in Iraq.

Several sources said the importance of Zarqawi, blamed for many of the most spectacular acts of violence in Iraq, has been exaggerated by flawed intelligence and the Bush administration's desire to find "a villain" for the post-invasion mayhem.

US military intelligence agents in Iraq have revealed a series of botched and often tawdry dealings with unreliable sources who, in the words of one source, "told us what we wanted to hear".

"We were basically paying up to $10,000 a time to opportunists, criminals and chancers who passed off fiction and supposition about Zarqawi as cast-iron fact, making him out as the linchpin of just about every attack in Iraq," the agent said.

"Back home this stuff was gratefully received and formed the basis of policy decisions. We needed a villain, someone identifiable for the public to latch on to, and we got one." [...]

Comment: With this information, it is certainly disingenuous for any commentator to claim or assume that Western intelligence agencies were unaware of the fact that they were getting bogus information or that a "failure of intelligence" was the issue.

It is obvious that, at least in the upper echelons of such agencies, it was no secret that the 'intelligence information' about alleged terrorists such as al-Zarqawi was completely false, yet it served their purposes to present it as fact. After all, by now no one should be in any doubt that fooling the masses is the main agenda of Western "democratic" governments.

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