November 13, 2009

Fort Hood-wink?

Cognitive dissonance is a psychological phenomenon which refers to the discomfort felt at a discrepancy between what you already know or believe, and new information or interpretations.

Here we go again-- another mass murder committed by lone gunmen against 'innocent people.' ('Again,' referring to Columbine, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma federal building, etc.). The media seem to love these incidents, and respond almost as by formula: horrified headlines, then hand-wringing questions of Why? and Why us? Then they bring in the talking heads to explain the gory details of what happened, and more experts to opine on the 'why' questions. And then they dig out (and dare we suggest, fabricate or embellish) stories on the 'heroes.' Yes, America loves its heroes, and there are always heroes to be discovered in every human tragedy-- the teacher who made a brave choice that saved some students; the policeman who ignored danger to 'take down' the attacker; you've read all about them, or watched their stirring bio-sketches on all the major TV channels. You have to feel sorry for these people who were 'just doing their job,' then thrust into the media glare as sacrificial heroes to parade for their 15 minutes before an America reeling in shock and grasping for comfort. That's a key part of the formula you have to comprehend: implant the dominant themes in the public consciousness while it is malleable and highly suggestible from the psychological imbalance generated by trauma.

Unfortunately, the media's well-honed formula does not include any really useful, insightful analysis that would provide long-term benefits for society. Those benefits would include preventing incidents of 'unexpected, murderous rage' from happening again, by healing the disaffected individuals before they explode. Instead, the focus immediately goes to 'increasing security' to prevent the next murderers from completing their rampages. In other words, the solution is always sought in band-aids, never in going to the root of the issue, which would entail too serious introspection on the part of society. The public has been conditioned to be incapable of dealing with nuanced analysis. The emphasis on increased security is no accident; it is a deliberate move by those in authority to grab powers that were previously restrained by the laws of the land.

Take the latest example, the Islamic psychiatrist working at Ft. Hood. At first glance (even second) it appears like a straightforward case of another 'wacko who snapped,' and took out his rage against those close at hand. Indeed, the same news agencies carried another story of a shooting in Florida that followed this classic formula. But-- for the patient news watcher who didn't jump to the pre-programmed conclusions desired by the mainstream media, the picture soon started to resemble the now-familiar news-management that surrounded the 9-11 and other major 'attack' stories. What do I mean? It's the rapid accumulation of 'facts' or speculated facts that just don't make sense. That phase is quickly followed by the mysterious disappearance of certain of those factoids into the black hole of journalism, never to be seen again... at least not in the mainstream media. The first stories from Ft. Hood explicitly mentioned at least 'three gunmen,' one of them shot and presumed dead (at the time), and two others still either at large or being detained. Since Hasan was shot and hospitalized, who are these other two persons? Why were they taken into custody? And what is being done with them? Then we hear that in the midst of a military base, Hasan, with no combat experience, was able to shoot 42 people, killing 12 of them, using one or more hand-guns! We are told that he got off some amazing number of gun-shots before being finally brought down by bullets fired by (what's this?) a civilian police-woman. Later, we learn that Hasan just happened to be a graduate of Virginia Tech-- yes, that V-Tech. The one where the Korean student 'snapped' and killed 32 people on a psychotic rampage in 2007. Hmmm.

Of course, there's more. How about the 'interesting link' that has been reported in the 'MSM' between Hasan and the 911 terror plot? It's a tenuous link at best; but it doesn't even have to be true. It just has to be alleged, and the effect is the same. Similarly, early, repeated allegations that he had applied to avoid deployment to the combat zone are now found not to be substantiated. On his behavior that day, a witness at the convenience store Hasan frequented stated that he appeared completely normal. Then he 'snaps' and fires at innocent by-standers. Folks, that smells of classic post-hypnotic suggestion, or programmed response. It will be very fascinating to see if Hasan somehow survives the wounds and is able to testify... or whether he 'succumbs to his injuries' and we never hear what he might have said.

Even accepting the chaotic mainstream narrative at face value, there are troubling issues. Since the shooter had an Arabic name, the press took the easy route and jumped on his distress at being deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq where US troops are fighting Arab/Muslim 'insurgents.' Now, I don't doubt that Major Hasan was indeed distressed at being sent to assist the army to fight against people who share his culture &/or beliefs. What the media fail to deal with is the big question of whether this anguish hits on a valid irregularity of US foreign affairs. Why, in fact, is the US military in Afghanistan? What is the latest pretext for sending the troops to that far-off country that, by no stretch of imagination, poses any threat to the US? Why are Afghan and now Pakistani civilians being killed regularly by 'NATO' forces in the pursuit of the once-friend-now-enemy Taleban, and the CIA-invented 'Al-Queda?' Is the US presence based on the same kind of fabricated lies that were invoked to justify their invasion of the sovereign nation of Iraq... and to subsequently destroy the country in the interests of subduing the resistance?

These are the kinds of questions that must have echoed in the mind of Hasan while he conducted his duties on a Texas military base-- and that could have driven him over the edge if he was notified of deployment overseas. Of course, these are precisely the kind of questions that the media avoid like the simple truth. As good servants of the ruling elite, the media know better than to dig for real answers. So it was with the Columbine incident. The media obsessed about superficial matters, but few, if any, dared to question a society that revels in violence as entertainment, beamed to us 24/7 by eager, profit-driven media corporations. That could have been... 'er, embarrassing, shall we say. No, the media have become hostile to any implied criticism of the mind- and soul-numbing pop culture they so flagrantly flaunt and promote. Instead, the media have become the shapers of public perception, the ultimate propaganda machine as envisioned by Edward Bernays, the 20th century 'god-father' of modern 'public relations' and advertising. The truth is that we are living in the Matrix that defines our consensus reality. It is not a physical matrix of hardware pods, but a more subtle, virtual matrix of media-generated illusion. And it is just as vicious and subversive and totalitarian as anything imagined by Orwell, Huxley, or the Wachowski brothers. The Ft. Hood incident bears all the hallmarks of another, false-flag diversion; one that comes along just when Obama had to consider whether to send more troops to Afghanistan. Now-- if only Hasan had been of Iranian descent... Oh well, you can’t make every detail perfect when staging a phony disaster for political purposes. Stay tuned; and stay alert!

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