“In times of war or crisis, power is easily stolen from the many by the few on a promise of security. The more elusive or imaginary the foe, the better for manufacturing consent.”
― Ronald Wright, A Short History of Progress
Until recently few New Zealanders were aware of Ukraine or could even name its capital city, and fewer still could find it on a map. But now most New Zealanders appear to know who is responsible for the war that has erupted in Ukraine, and it is Vladimir Putin and he is evil, because the media says so.
Few New Zealanders know anything of Ukraine’s recent history or that the US poured billions into Ukraine to manipulate the overthrow of its democratically elected government, and that recorded proof of its interference has been available online since 2014, but they know Putin is evil, because that is what the media has told them.
Few Kiwis have any knowledge of Russia’s concerns that Ukraine’s membership of NATO, would have had the potential to put US missiles on Russia’s border and that that is why Russia opposed it. But they know that Putin is evil, because that is what the media has told them.
Few New Zealanders know about the Minsk agreements that included constitutional reform in Ukraine and limited autonomy for its Russian-speaking breakaway regions. But they know that Putin is evil because that is what the media has told them.
And few New Zealanders know that the Crimea, unilaterally ceded to Ukraine by Krushchev in 1954, is home to Russia’s Black Sea fleet and that, as such, Crimea was never going to remain part of Ukraine’s territory once it aligned itself with the US and NATO, But they know Putin “illegally seized” Crimea, because that is what the media has told them
And few New Zealanders know that when the USSR was dissolved and its component states became independent, Russia was solemnly promised that NATO would not move one inch closer to Russia. But they know Putin is evil, because that is what the media has told them.
Few New Zealanders even consider that with the dissolution of the USSR and with it the Warsaw Pact, NATO lost its reason to exist, because the alleged Communist threat had evaporated, or that since then NATO has actually nearly doubled in size. But they know that Putin is a violent aggressor, because that’s what the media has told them
Few New Zealanders know anything of Ukraine’s WW2 collaboration with the Nazis in war crimes, or that huge numbers of its population are proud of those Nazi connections and that units of its army still bear the names of those units and still march under their banners. But they know that Putin is evil because that is what the media has told them.
Few of those New Zealanders who today condemn Russia’s attack on Crimea have, over the past years, uttered one word of protest at the attacks by the US, and its assorted allies, on Iraq, Gaza, Libya, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Yugoslavia, Syria, Somalia, Laos, Chile, Cambodia, or Vietnam, to name a few, and not to mention its responsibility for the world-wide refugee crisis. But they know that Russia and China are brutal imperialist aggressors, because that is what the media has told them.
And few New Zealanders know that their consent to any action which the US deems appropriate, to stop either Russia or China realizing their massive potential, and so threaten US supremacy, is being constantly manufactured, And they don’t know because the media doesn’t want them to know.
“You really have no idea how the human bees will swarm to the beating of any old tin kettle: in that fact lies the complete manual of governing them. When they can be got to believe that the kettle can be made of precious metals, in that fact lies the whole power of men (over men)…..”
Charles Dickens – quote borrowed from another blog on this site