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Those slandering the truckers as a horde of Nazis are a horde of Nazis

That stupid trick is really getting old

by Mark Crispin Miller

I guess I shouldn’t call it “stupid,” because it’s worked like crazy (literally) ever since that “attempted coup” on January 6 last year—easily the most psychotic of all post-war propaganda fantasies. Permit me to explain:

The history of modern propaganda, from World War I until last year, is a history of big, crazy lies whose craziness was not immediately obvious, except, at times, to some few keen observers. How could anyone in Britain or America (other than the propagandists and their backers) know, back in 1915, that the German army, throughout “the rape of Belgium,” was not impaling babies on bayonets, cutting off the breasts of nurses, crucifying Allied captives, and otherwise behaving not like well-trained Prussian troops but like a swarm of demons? It took time to determine, and longer still to make it widely known, that all such infuriating war crimes were pure fiction, as Arthur Ponsonby (one of the very few MPs who had opposed the war) showed, with devastating clarity, in his classic Falsehood in War-Time (1928), which woke a lot of people up, belatedly, in both Britain and America.

So it also was with the more recent variations on the “rape of Belgium” theme. In 1990, just after Saddam Hussein’s “rape of Kuwait,” there were those horrifying reports that Iraqi troops had dumped 312 premature babies out of the incubators in a Kuwaiti hospital, “and left them to die on the cold floor,” so they could cart the empties back to Baghdad. That tall tale, tearfully recounted by a 15-year-old girl billed as “Nayirah” at a packed congressional hearing, was exposed—and “Nayirah” identified as the daughter of Kuwait’s ambassador to the United States—a few weeks after Gulf War I, by John R. MacArthur, publisher of Harper’s. And then, throughout Obama’s second term, there was the protracted “rape of Syria” by Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, whose many Hunnish crimes against his own people included two gas attacks, in 2013 and 2018, each timed perfectly to justify an even more aggressive Western drive to topple him, and both of which were soon exposed for what they really were by investigative titan Seymour Hersh.

… [The full article is on Substack at the link.]

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