September 25, 2011
Propaganda is War by Other MeansBy Ted Belman
There are those who embrace conspiracy theories of a government plan behind major attacks like 9-11 and Pearl Harbor, to lead us into war. As outlandish such theories appear to some, many embrace them because they believe that the government always manipulates public opinion to accept intended actions which the people would otherwise reject.
When a government intends a war of aggression, it must first inculcate hatred of the indented victim. This is done through propaganda which follows the following principles;
1) Select a target to be hated. Personalize it. Focus attention on it.
2) Keep messages on target. Avoid conflicting messages.
3) Attach labels and employ narratives causing the object of the hatred to be ridiculed, scorned and feared.
4) Have appropriate messengers deliver the messages. Thus a liberal delivers the message to a liberal and a Republican to Republicans and so on.
5) Keep hidden the communications of messages and the compensation between propaganda directors, media managers and content producers. Keep it secret.
7) Employ substantial numbers of creators of media content and media managers to ensure propaganda is script, timely and plentiful.
8) Make certain that the public believes that the creators and managers are independent.
9) Make few points and repeat them incessantly.
10) Have public personalities express out-loud contempt, scorn and fear of the target of hatred in order to render such expressions socially acceptable and to crystallize attitudes of hatred which otherwise would be fleeting.
These same principles apply when any group or entity want to shape public opinion to achieve its ends. They do their best to control the message and succeed to varying degrees.
While the manipulation of public opinion requires a conspiracy to accomplish, the conspirators are quick to debunk and mock any suggestion of conspiracy.
Sarah Palin has been the target of such attacks since she burst on the scene, but in her case, it came from two separate groups, each with their own agenda. They shared the goal of preventing her election but for different reasons. As a result all kinds of people, politicos, pundits, media outlets and public figures all piled on. So effective was it, that few dared defend her. They called her all kinds of names, described her as dumb, out for the money or celebrity, unserious and unelectable. They hid her sterling record and distorted her words and ignored her policies. Was this by chance or coordination?
Another example of these techniques was their use in transforming America. After George W. Bush won a second term in a contentious election, the left got mobilized. They spend the next four years demonizing him, e.g. "Bush lied people died." But that wasn't enough to transform America. They had to change her values. The Left, lead by George Soros, set about to discredit Israel and American support for her. To do this it had to discredit the powerful AIPAC.
First came the indictment of Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman of AIPAC in 2005 for espionage related charges. A few years later, Daniel Pipes reported on why he and his Board ignored the criminal charges and decided to hire Rosen. He wrote "Our study of the government's case convinced us of its injustice, shoddiness, arbitrariness, hollowness, and futility." These charges were ultimately dropped years after they served their purpose. Then, Meirsheimer and Walt published The Israel Lobby which made the case against AIPAC and for Israel being a liability to the US rather than an asset. This was followed up with the creation of J-Street and the redefinition by it and by the NYT of what being pro-Israel meant. I laid this out in my April 2010 article, Israel is a net asset to the U.S. Of course to capitalize on all this conditioning they had Barack Hussein Obama waiting in the wings to take over.
These things don't happen by happenstance or because most journalists are liberal, but due to a coordinated effort to get everybody on board.
The hallmark of Obama's presidency was his embrace of Islam and rejection of Israel. Examples abound. No lie was too big to propagate. His Cairo Speech as a prime example.
And then he piled it on so thick, you could gag. Of course he was supported by the mainstream media and his administration all of whom ignored reality and embraced fantasy.
But the prime example of propaganda at work is what it has done to demonize and delegitimize Israel. The Koran itself demonizes the Jews and calls for their destruction or at least dhimmitude. But it was not until the twentieth century that the Muslim world escalated their war against the Jews and a Jewish state both before and after Israel declared its independence.
Jihad means struggle. It was not by accidence that Hitler called his book "Mein Kampf" or "My Struggle." In it, he wrote "Propaganda was needed that could fire man's spirits till they were ready to die." He believed that he had to motivate Germans to war.
Hitler went full bore against the Jews beginning in the mid thirties and ending with his death in 1945. He enlisted the services of his friend, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husaini, to stir up the Arabs to kill the Jews and harass the Brits. He took his themes from the Koran 
In 1975 the UNGA passed the infamous "Zionism is Racism" resolution. It was finally rescinded in 1979 due the vigorous efforts of the US.
Last year it was decided to hold Durban III in New York the day before the UN opens. Fiamma Nirenstein was furious and wrote,
And now Anne Bayesfsky calls Durban III "the celebration of a notorious prescription for intolerance, closely linked to Islamic extremism." She advises
In this the UN was not acting alone. Bat Yeor, in her book Eurabia, noted that since President Charles de Gaulle changed French policy from pro-Israel to anti-Israel in 1967, France has led in promoting hatred of Israel within the framework of advancing a partnership between Europe and the Arab Middle East.
An egregious example is the "al Dura Affaire." Charles Enderlin, head of France 2's Middle East Bureau, reported the story which was based on a film provided by a Palestinian cameraman. Phillippe Karsenty called it a hoax and for good reason. He had the facts and arguments to prove it. Enderlin sued him for defamation and lost. Throughout it all, the French Government stood by Enderlin and no French media supported Karsenty.
For the last ten years, the BBC has been decidedly anti-Israel in its reporting. Robert Aiken in his book, Can We Trust the BBC?, exposes the biases of the BBC and quotes some officials who believed the BBC is directed by the Foreign Office. Of course the Foreign Office has been anti-Israel for 80 years.
At Durban I, it wasn't enough to simply pass a resolution singling out Israel. NGO's in attendance pledged themselves to action in the cause of defaming and deligitimating Israel.
The NGOs do their part by promoting the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Movement while Muslim Student Association promotes Israel Apartheid Week. They are joined by academics who give the slanders an aura of respectability. They all call openly for the destruction of Israel rather than the two- state solution. Assisting in this work are many NGO's financed by European countries including Britain and France and financed by George Soros.
US, Britain, France and Germany coordinate their positions on all matters pertaining to the peace process, They also coordinate their message. As a case in point they each threatened Israel with dire consequences if she didn't accept Obama's framework for negotiations.
This war against Israel is relentless
Ted Belman is a retired lawyer and editor of Israpundit. He made aliya in 2009 and now lives in Jerusalem
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