War is something very few people really want. If given the choice, the vast majority of the world would rather have peace than war. Why is it then that so many conflicts exist? If war is something that virtually no one in their heart of hearts wants, why has America been at war almost nonstop since WWI?
There are those few who do want war. War is profitable for some – the military-industrial complex, central (yet private) banks, multi-national corporations, the international drug suppliers, etc. But in order to act out their plans, in order to get these wars started, people must be rallied behind a cause, a narrative must be manufactured. This is where the media comes in.
If the true reasons for going to war were made apparent, the public would reject war for what it is – mass murder. Instead of the truth being told, the media, long ago infiltrated by the CIA (see Operation Mockingbird), pedals propaganda designed to drum up support for another invasion.
One example of such propaganda happened on October 10th, 1990, when a 15 year old Kuwaiti girl named only “Nayirah” gave a four minute testimony before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus. In her testimony, Nayirah told the world of horrible atrocities happening in Kuwait, of Iraqi soldiers invading hospitals, destroying equipment in nurseries, and leaving helpless babies to die.
This narrative was sold to the American public by President George H.W. Bush and members of Congress. The Iraqi invasion of Kuwait was a human rights disaster, and U.S. intervention was the moral thing to do.
In 1992 Nayirah’s last name was revealed – al Sabah. She was the daughter of the then Kuwaiti Ambassador to the United States, who was funded by the “Citizens for a Free Kuwait” campaign, backed by Hill & Knowlton Strategies, a U.S. based public relations and marketing firm. Furthermore, it was revealed that Nayirah’s testimony was fiction, and upon investigation, no evidence was discovered that backed up her story. Amnesty International was forced to issue a correction on the events leading up to the first Gulf War.
This was not the first time atrocity propaganda was used to promote war. To encourage American involvement in WWI, stories were widely published about German soldiers bayonetting babies. The Vietnam war was based on the lie that American ships were attacked in the Gulf of Tonkin. The U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 was based on forged documents showing a sale of uranium from Niger to Saddam, giving officials reason to believe he was hiding WMDs. The list goes on.
Today Americans are being fed a new line – that Russia has infiltrated America, violated its sovereignty, and influenced our elections. The Russians broke into the DNC servers, and into Hillary Clinton’s servers. The Washington Post even falsely reported that Russian hackers had found a way to attack the American electric grid.
The reason history is important is because humans can learn, and humans can change. The outright lies told to the American people to rally support for war in the past are known facts; they are a part of history. It is up to us to learn from history, and be wary of new lies that are told to us to try to drum up support for war again.