Monday, 1 August 2016

War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery – NATO Information Operations

The beginning of interest in post-Cold War information operations can be traced to the UN intervention in Somalia and the Rwanda Genocide. Relatively honest and direct reporting from these war zones meant that the public opinion of Western countries was a factor that had to be considered by the political classes. Hence the  complaining at the time about the so-called “CNN Effect” which forced the politicians to send and/or withdraw troops irrespective of what the elites actually wanted to happen at the time. The early methods of influencing the public opinion by manipulating the media, though reasonably effective, were not enough. We have seen their strengths and limitations during both wars against Iraq, in which the bulk of the media was effectively co-opted through the process of frequent press briefings (featuring no shortage of videos showing NATO bombs unerringly falling toward their obviously evil targets) and later by “embedding” the mostly male reporters in military units, which naturally had the dual effect of stroking their egos and adopting the military’s point of view.

The fact that the information war being waged by the West is based on lies puts them at a severe disadvantage with direct access information available on the Internet. Once you expose a number of the intelligence agency/media lies, the audience becomes sceptical or hostile towards the prevailing mainstream narrative. You can't fool all the people all of the time.

Note: This video makes a good point about the MH17 shootdown propaganda - that official lies have come from Ukrainian authorities that have laundered their made-up content on the Internet.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 1st, 2016.]

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