The Propaganda Battlefield: Militants Abroad, Conspiracy Theorists At Home
June 3, 2012
“The media now knows that “militant” is a term of official propaganda, yet still use it for America’s drone victims.” – Glenn Greenwald, “Deliberate media propaganda,” June 2, 2012.
People who die at the hands of Washington’s monstrous war machine are declared, “militants,” while those who expose this gigantic machine’s dark underbelly are labeled, “conspiracy theorists.”
The heroic Glenn Greenwald says that the term, “militant,” is used by U.S. government officials and their surrogate media to mask the innocence of their victims, whitewash their crimes, and crush public debate about the futility and morality of U.S. drone strikes. Greenwald writes in his article, “Deliberate media propaganda”:
“How is it possible to have any informed democratic debate over a policy about which the U.S. media relentlessly propagandizes this way? If drone strikes kill nobody other than “militants,” then very few people will even think about opposing them (and that’s independent of the fact that the word “militant” is a wildly ambiguous term — militant about what? — though it is clearly designed (when combined with “Pakistan”) to evoke images of those who attacked the World Trade Center). Debate-suppression is not just the effect but the intent of this propaganda: like all propaganda, it is designed to deceive the citizenry in order to compel acquiescence to government conduct.”
The real purpose of U.S. drone strikes in countries like Yemen and Pakistan is to provoke anti-American extremism, bolster Al-Qaeda’s ranks, and perpetuate the war on terror.