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To say the word,
"terrorist", is to evoke an image inculcated into our
consciousness of a scowling, bearded and turbaned fundamentalist
That is the
sheer power of the corporate media, in its ability to shape and
limit our thinking.
lost is the distinction between retail terrorism and state terrorism.
When a state unleashes its power against innocents, it's acceptable
collateral damage; when a group does it, it's animalistic evil,
and sheer barbarity.
innate bias in favor of nation-states and corporate power makes
state violence the norm, and thus makes it virtually invisible.
the media is owned by the wealthy and uses its influence to protect
its class interests.
The day this
is written, a US plane fired high-powered weaponry into a wedding
party in Iraq; at least 40 people were killed. The same day Israeli
tanks open fire on a
Palestinian protest march to Rafah, killing some 20 unarmed civilians,
including women and children.
media agency will call these acts "terrorist", but for
the Iraqis and Palestinians on the receiving end of the tanks, fighter
planes, and helicopter gunships, terror is probably the overwhelming
But under the
reigning media regimes, Arabs can only be projected as terrorists
(especially after 9-11), and even when they are subjected to massive
state violence, it is overlooked as if they are somehow complicit
in their own oppression. And because they are permanent suspects,
they are somehow responsible for calling this extreme carnage on
It's war ..
and 'war is hell'. Oh, well!
We are witnessing
the dehumanization of a people where Arab = terrorist - and
any degree of violence visited upon them is acceptable.
When we digest
this media mental poisoning, we become a party to this evil, and
acquiesce in acts of media violence.
We must all
reject it, for the mind-poison that it is, and call state terror
the evil that it is whether the culprit is American or Israeli.
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