From WMD To WMH
The dramatic irony of the outrage expressed that Iraq may possess weapons of mass destruction (WMD) was compounded by the that facts the UK possessed WMD, is one of the ‘Big Six’ arms exporters and is a permanent member of the UN Security Council. A professional media portrayed Saddam Hussein as a brutal megalomaniac who oppressed his people. Political duplicity gave voice to exhortations that ‘we must do something to end this oppression’ and join with the USA in the Coalition of the Willing.
Yet this was the same Saddam Hussein whose previous brutalities were ignored, along with megalomaniacs elsewhere in the world who were to be allowed to continue with their oppressions, the human suffering at best to be ignored, at worst to be colluded with. No war was declared but Iraq was invaded and that country’s administration destabilised. It would be nice to say that the rest is history, unfortunately it’s a history that is still in the making.
Imperial History of the Middle East
Two thousand years of Christianity and internecine conflicts nurtured in Europe and then exported to the Americas, has produced less than one hundred years of universal suffrage in those countries that became secular democracies. The notion that the world’s youngest civilizations can impose a fledgling democratic process on a part of the world where some of its oldest civilizations had blossomed and flourished, is naive in the extreme.
40 maps that explain the Middle East
European imperialism, following its own revolutions of 1848, had led to its hegemony over most of those Middle Eastern states now embroiled in the present turmoil. A hegemony in which democracy had played no part. Neither did independence from this hegemony result in these states forming Western style democracies, instead, and without exception, they instituted totalitarian regimes.
These totalitarian regimes, while not preventing both internal and external conflicts in the area, did result in relatively stable (even if oppressive) administrations. Western democracies had no qualms about entering into Machiavellian economic partnerships with these regimes. That is until the 21st century, when an enforced Western democratic ideal in Iraq brought chaos to a Middle East already in turmoil.
To imagine that the current conflict in the Middle East can be settled there, oversimplifies the situation. The pursuit of an Islamic Jihad to form a Caliphate, is just one scenario in the global conflicts between the statism of Islam – as an all embracing religious way of life – and those secular democracies who oppose such a concept.
These conflicts now extend to the global media, especially the internet and its social network sites, the use of which those in pursuit of an Islamic state understand very well. Brutal images appear on the internet, which are picked up by a global media. All parties in a conflict deliberately use the media for propaganda purposes that encourages political duplicity and public hysteria.
Western secular democracies also use media propaganda to justify an ever increasing statism of their own. Perhaps this is the price that supporters of a secular democracy must pay. In doing so it falls to them to ensure that the politicians they democratically elect will protect their individual freedoms and prevent such statism ever reaching a tipping point.
A tipping point that becomes more difficult to recognise with the ever increasing statism that may have already occurred. The duplicity of politicians offers no protection for a democracy, particularly given the most recent rhetoric being used by them, the media, the public, and expressions of it in social networks. The wheel has turned full circle back to exhortations that ‘we must do something to end this aggression’, which is again being fuelled by Western media hysteria (WMH).
INCLUDED ARTICLE LINKS
- Imperial History of the Middle East – You Tube
- 40 maps that explain the Middle East – Vox by Max Fisher May 5, 2014
- internet and its social network sites – Business Insider – The US Has Launched A Social Media Offensive Against ISIS August 31 2014
- those in pursuit of an Islamic state – Al Monitor – The Islamic State’s social media strategy by Ali Hashem August 18, 2014
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