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War Propaganda

There's this war going on in Afghanistan. Maybe you've heard of it. Captain Wales AKA Prince Harry fights on the frontline against the Taliban as an Apache attack helicopter pilot. He was shooting at the kind of scumbags (if not the exact scumbags) who like to disfigure women with acid, poison little schoolgirls, behead teachers, machine-gun aid workers, execute innocent families and -- last but not least -- try to kill him and his fellow soldiers every day.

For this, he's taking flak?

The frank admission from Harry that he had personally killed enemy fighters drew a backlash from anti-war activists, some former soldiers and the Taliban themselves.

It is unusual for returning soldiers with any kind of profile to highlight their achievements in killing enemy fighters.

Seriously?More >>

Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, an Unexpected Journey is finally in theatres, capping off a 2012 whose offering of films offered disappointingly few highlights. (It’s tough to say if 2013 will be much better.) This also means that JRR Tolkien is with us once again, as Jackson presents the prequel that inspired all prequels, as The Hobbit must inevitably give way to The Lord of the Rings (the trilogy that inspired all trilogies).

Just as with The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit is about far more than merely the adventures of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and Thorrin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage). As the Lord of the Rings is widely recognized as an allegory for the Second World War, The Hobbit is recognized as an allegory for the inter-war years; a time when the world mistook itself as being at peace, when in fact the grim machinations of Adolph Hitler were making another war inevitable.

Approximately midway through The Hobbit viewers encounter a scene that is a sombre reminder of this: an impromptu council called by Saruman the White in Rivendell. Present are Saruman himself, Gandalf, Elrond and Galadriel. Elrond and Saruman both insist that Middle Earth is at peace. Gandalf boldly...More >>

A Christmas classic.More >>

An honest antiwar position. Pacifism is objectively pro-fascistWar! Huh! What is it good for? Apart from ending slavery, stopping Nazism and Japanese militarism and defending civilized people from the ever-present onslaught of Islamofascism, right?

I can’t help but wonder if there is such a thing as a truly anti-war person, and if they exist, how lonely they must be. When the language of anti-war is invoked today, it is specifically meant as a protest, for the most part, against Israeli military operations in Gaza, the West Bank or Southern Lebanon, or US military operations in the War on Terror. We saw this with the thousands of demonstrations, both before and during the Iraqi War.

The problem with these antiwar movements is that they are, to be blunt, selective. You would hear nothing from them about the numerous conflicts in Africa. During the Cold War, they would not march outside the Soviet embassies against operations in Vietnam or Afghanistan. And now, they do not picket the Iranian embassy, which outsources terror to Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, just to start with.

It would be unfair to suggest...More >>

Like the Iranian Government's Press TV, RT (Russia Today) wears the veil of a mainstream corporate English language news service, often being mistaken by the casual listener for a tabloid style independent news company. It is in fact a Kremlin-created and funded propaganda-disseminating organization. Thus as with Press TV, take reporting like this with an atomic grain of salt: 

The majority of people killed by U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan are not militants, according to the country's Interior Minister. Rehman Malik said 80 per cent of more than two thousand people who have died as a result of strikes were civilians.

This is according to an RT broadcast which you can watch here on youby tuby. RT's one and only source for the "80%" figure is the obviously unbiased and trustworthy Pakistani Interior Minister (incidentally, the Pakistan Government has been known to secretly call for more drones, while publicly denouncing them, in accordance with their standard two-facedness policy long in effect). Pakistan is, afterall, the most transparent collaborator any ally could ever hope to rely on, so there is no reason to question any statement (especially ones with clean round numbers) their government ministers make (including...More >>

war propaganda Remembrance Day fight for freedom slavery peace white poppyIt's been fashionable in certain "anti-imperialist" quarters of late to adopt the "white poppy" in lieue of the traditional red one we wear to commemorate the sacrifices of our veterans who fought for our freedom.

What is the white poppy about? I suppose most "peace activists" who wear them would have difficulty articulating it, in the same manner that the Occupy Movement's leaderless cult could not enunciate a clear position on anything. But the smarmy, condescending, utterly dishonest screeds we've seen of late in the left-wing rag Rabble (Lest we remember and The red poppy: Symbol of peace or symbol of war?) pretty well nail the basics: war is bad, Canadian (read: Western) military involvements are inevitably unjust and counterproductive and Remembrance Day is really about distracting us from those truths.

It's bunk.

Our soldiers fight -- and continue to fight -- for freedom. In the past, that was freedom from the tyranny of Nazism, Italian fascism and Japanese imperialism, all essentially race-based ideologies of terror towards all other subjugated peoples. Today, our...More >>

A lot of media pundits are using the prejorative phrase, "conspiracy theory" to describe the very rational suspicion that CIA Director David Petraeus' sudden resignation has more to do with the Benghazi scandal than a sex scandal.

There may indeed be a conspiracy. It may go to the very top of the White House administration... and many smart people already had suspicions long before Petraeus resigning a few days after the election, likely within hours or days of being called to testify in the upcoming Benghazi investigation. Thinking this is not akin to suspecting that the USA has earthquake technology or that Lizard People really run the world.

We want answers. Petraeus may no longer be in charge of the CIA, but he should still be compelled to tell what he knows.

Jonathon Narvey is the Editor of The PropagandistMore >>

A would-be mass murderer tried to bomb the SkyTrain in Surrey, which is just a few stops away from Vancouver...

My city.

I take the SkyTrain most days, so I'm not exactly pleased about this news. To be honest, I expected something like this during the Vancouver Olympics. I guess I should be grateful we've been mostly ignored by the world's oversupply of fanatical murderers until now (notwithstanding jihadist Ahmed Ressam's terror mission to blow up LAX after driving down from Vancouver in 1999), but I don't feel grateful. I don't feel scared. I just feel angry.

Apparently, the cops are having some difficulties narrowing down suspects:

Police have no idea about the motivation or identity of the would-be bomber and received no notes or demands in connection to the bomb. Investigators will go door to door in the area of the bomb threat, looking for clues and will complete forensic examinations on the three canisters found strapped to the bomb.

Not that I would want to second-guess the police, who will have a difficult job with an investigation that has just begun. That said, I don't think we've got a Basque separatist movement on Canada's west...More >>

"He said Allahu Akbar." The attack on Fort Hood, from the perspective of the survivors.More >>

Except he wasn't really inspired by Al Qaeda, was he? Not exclusively, anyway. It goes deeper than that.

I mean, we don't say that every single baseball player in the world is inspired by the famous New York Yankees. Baseball players just want to play baseball. By the same token, jihadists want to carry out jihad. When it comes to reporting these stories, is it not worth mentioning the Islamist ideology that has inspired countless jihadists, many of whom were slaughtering people long before anyone ever heard of Al Qaeda? Responsible reporters do make the connection crystal clear sometimes... but not always.

Certainly, Quazi Nafis was motivated to blow up the Federal Reserve building in New York City after reading the Al Qaeda magazine known as Inspire. But it's also reasonable to assume that Nafis was radicalized long before he ever read that particular magazine. As with many Islamists, it could have started in a mosque, or even in the comfort of his own family home. Ultimately, he is acting out what he (and many millions of others) believe to be the commandment of his god and prophet.

Al Qaeda is neither the first...More >>

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