Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Fighting for what isn't true

Via the Strategic Security Project Blog, here's a statistic which demonstrates the extraordinary power of military propaganda . This is the result of a Zogby poll of US troops in Iraq:
85% said the U.S. mission is mainly "to retaliate for Saddam’s role in the 9-11 attacks"
85 percent of US troops in Iraq believe that Saddam was involved in the September 11th attacks.

It'd be easy to make jokes about the lack of intelligence of US soldier but that wouldn't actually be fair. There's no doubt that this is a result of a direct effort by the top brass to play on the 9-11 factor. I doubt that official channels explicitly state the non-existent link. Instead, the troops will receive constant reminders of those horrific attacks, in the style so much loved by Bush and Blair, and this has imbedded the link in the minds of more than eight out of ten US soldiers. Collective group thinking will have reinforced that link. It is almost certainly a deliberate strategy by the military big knobs.

It is, I'm sure you'll agree, not ethical to ask soldiers to put their lives on the line for a cause you know is not true. But ethics, as most of us know, are of little concern to the current occupants of the Whitehouse.

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