Peace, Propaganda, and The Promised Land
When Israelis in the occupied territories now claim that they have to defend themselves, they are defending themselves in the sense that any military occupier has to defend itself against the population they are crushing… You can’t defend yourself when you’re militarily occupying someone else’s land. That’s not defense. Call it what you like, it’s not defense. Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land provides a striking comparison of U.S. and international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle East, zeroing in on how structural distortions in U.S. coverage have reinforced false perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This pivotal documentary exposes how the foreign policy interests of American political elites–oil, and a need to have a secure military base in the region, among others – work in combination with Israeli public relations strategies to exercise a powerful influence over how news from the region is reported.
It continues to be an amazing aspect of our make-up as human beings that the way a news story is covered has a profound impact on how we perceive it and to whom we attach our sympathies. Though long-cherished beliefs are difficult to let go of, hopefully by the end of this video you will have a more balanced understanding of the real reasons why this decades-long conflict remains unresolved today. The problem is not so much that peace will come - I have little doubt that this will happen in the near future. The real problem lies in the fact that such a peace will never be just (based on the unequal power of the parties involved) and so cannot be sustained over the long haul.
Included below is a strongly-worded recent article by The Excavator listing 29 Reasons Why America Should Cut Off Ties With Israel, AIPAC And The Neocons. The article is quite pointed in its criticisms of this relationship which has proven deadly for all who find themselves on the wrong end of its gun-sights, and will in the end prove to be the bane of a powerful nation that still lays claim to any moral authority. Here is a brief excerpt from part of just one of the '29 Reasons': [The Israeli state treats Palestinians like bugs. After Israel's war on Gaza in 2009, an Israeli soldier said: "That's what is so nice, supposedly, about Gaza. You see a person on a road ... He doesn't have to be with a weapon. You don't have to identify him with anything. You can just shoot him."]
If you are one who believes that The Almighty has chosen your race apart from all others for salvation so that any violence toward others or co-opting their lands is okay, then my advice is not to waste your time here watching the video or reading the '29 Reasons'. If instead you are one who cherishes the mistaken belief that biblical references to a saved people who will be protected from on high were made in relation to a physical nation rather than to those who have accepted the redeeming sacrifice of the Savior in their hearts, then you too will likely not be capable of allowing the scales to fall from your eyes. However, if you are one of the few who have heeded the life-giving teachings of the Redeemer - especially regarding our dealings with our fellow man, you may perhaps begin to see a more balanced view than what gets reported in the mainstream media.
July 15, 2011
"The collapses of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre, on September 11, 2001, were the most frightening images that I have ever seen, up until May 24th, 2011, when Binyamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of the United States Congress and received 29 standing ovations, along with many other outbursts of sycophantic applause.
It was the final nail in a coffin, the construction of which began long ago, and in it all remaining vestiges of democracy were joyfully laid to rest—by those sworn to protect it—as it became clear that the United States was now controlled by Enemies Inside its Gates." - Anthony Lawson, July 7, 2011.The Death of American DemocracyIsrael is not Sparta, America is not the Athenian empire, and Islamic Iran is not the Persian empire of old. But that is what the corrupt and delusional neocons like to think. They've read the ancient Greeks so much that they actually think they are them.But the neocons are not modern-day philosopher-kings. Washington is the kingdom of rats, and the neocons have climbed up to become the top rats. As the children of modern totalitarianism, ancient oppression, and Medieval tyranny they are the poisonous destroyers of freedom, not its proud defenders. These dangerous nuts and armchair warriors don't live in reality, but through their influence on America's Middle East policy their insane ideas have caused real havoc in the Middle East. They live, breathe, think and dream in their own little crazy world. They are after blood and glory, not peace and freedom, but the blood that is being spilled is not their own, and the glory they seek is an illusion.America was deceived and tricked on 9/11 to be an instrument of destruction and tyranny by the neocons, the U.S. Shadow Security State, and Israel, all of whom share responsibility for the false flag attacks on that day. At the heart of this evil deception is the belief that America should fight one last world war before its powers are destroyed and its constitutional government is replaced once and for all by a global authoritarian government that will become the Babel for the global financial empire that has secretly ruled America since the establishment of the private Federal Reserve Bank in 1913.The treacherous money printers love it when an empire as big as America goes to war because they make an insane amount of money by lending the empire money that is to be paid back at usurious interest rates. The day America accepted paper money issued by private banking thieves as its currency was the day it went to hell. Today, America is being used in the service of evil and tyranny.Douglas Miller, editor and translator of Goethe's book 'Scientific Studies,' said Goethe hated paper money because it is not real money, but supported by convention and maintained by fraud. "Goethe's negative views on paper money," writes Miller, "are reflected in Part II of Faust when Mephistopheles persuades the Emperor to introduce paper money based on the value of an undiscovered buried treasure. This plan later proves ruinous for the empire." (Goethe; Scientific Studies, pg. 322).The use of paper money printed by greedy private bankers is the biggest reason for America's current economic collapse and destruction. If the American government was forced to tax its people every time it went to war instead of borrowing money from a private banking cartel who magically make money out of thin air then it would not go to war so much because the people would not accept the heavy price. The reason why members of the giant military-industrial complex in America and private financiers love each other so much is because they pay each other's bills and make themselves extremely wealthy in the process.A war is only good for a few powerful men who make money off of an empire's blood, sweat and tears. Everybody else gets screwed, especially the empire's foot soldiers. Since Israel, along with the neocons and AIPAC, is the biggest lobby that is pushing America to a new war with Iran it should be the first to get crushed once the wrath of the American people gets to a tipping point. An attack on Iran will lead to a catastrophic world war and will bring total devastation to all involved in the comi-tragedy.Below I list 29 reasons why the American people should cut off ties with Israel until it gets its act together and learns to join the community of civilized nations. Why 29? Because the Congress, led by traitors and rats like Eric Cantor, gave 29 standing ovations to that arrogant and disgusting bully Benjamin Netanyahu when he spoke in Congress on May 24, 2011.