WAR IS A LIE: SAY IT IN BROKEN ENGLISH:

6 Jan

Once again it is, “Cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war!”

It didn’t take so much as a nano second for people who are paying attention to point to the elephant in the desert when Trump assassinated Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps commander Major General Qassem Soleimani last week:

Iran Finds Oil Field With Over 50 Billion Barrels, Rouhani Says (November 10, 2019, NY Times).

Whatever the actual figure the latest discovery turns out to be, that’s a lotta oil (unless the whole thing is, like war itself, a lie).

Did I say, war is a lie? Oh, no, my boy Riff did. What else did the clever kid say about war?

03

You think maybe there are some people who won’t like the idea of kids reading riff n Raff?

But never mind what my kids say about war, what does a real expert say, say Hermann Goring, for example?

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Goring on trial at Nuremberg

Göring: Why, of course, the people don’t want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship.

Gilbert: There is one difference. In a democracy, the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars.

Göring: Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.

All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.

Yes, he said that, even SNOPES says it’s so.

So, what are you fighting for? It’s not my security.

It’s just an old war (lie), not even a cold war.

Just ask Marianne Faithfull

But, if you’re not sure you can convince people they are under attack, tell them they already have been attacked, and in the case at hand, that Soleimani was in on it:

Mike Pence pushes 9/11 conspiracy theories to justify Suleimani killing (January 4, 2020, The Independent)

Wait. Let’s ask an expert on lying what he thinks. Say, Joseph Goebbels

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“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

Information is a commodity and a weapon. In this Age of the Internet ignorance is death, and willful ignorance is suicide.

Now, what was it that my boy Riff said about war?

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You think maybe there are some people who won’t like the idea of kids reading riff n Raff?

So, what are you fighting for? It’s not my reality.

I started writing Riff n Raff when the Arab Spring kicked off, in December 2010, thinking it was a good time to get back to trying to do something about the world’s bullshit.

I finished it a year later and thought, this would be a good time to launch it, because something ugly was going on.

Every time i got a nibble from an agent or publisher, i told them, “This is good time time to get the book out into the world, because X Y Z are going on.”

The sad reality is that there has never been a bad time to get Riff n Raff out into the world, because X Y Z are always happening.

Now that the book is finally available to the world, the question is, when would be a good time for you for buy,  read, and share it?

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