We the people of the free world would like to believe that we think independently. That we’re educated and insightful. That we aren’t like those drones in other countries who blindly follow whatever their dictator tells them is true.
Well, we would be wrong. It seems war propaganda works pretty damn well.
Twelve short years ago, a horrible attack took place on American soil, claiming many thousands of lives. The perpetrators of said attack being identified as the terrorist group al-Qaeda, the U.S. war machine rolled into action, first targeting Afghanistan and the Taliban for aiding and abetting our sworn enemies. Iraq was next, because hey, Arabian scumbag with scary weapons.
Years passed, and more and more countries joined the roster of terrorism hotspots, Pakistan, Yemen, and Libya being foremost among them; all under the pretense of fighting al-Qaeda and winning the “War on Terror” to keep Americans safe. Now, we find ourselves facing the prospect of yet another Middle-East war in Syria, this time fighting alongside al-Qaeda. Wait, what?
That’s right. The purported murderers of thousands of innocent Americans, and our sworn enemies during this last generation of war, are now to be our allies in a conflict against another Mid-Eastern despot and his stash of weapons of mass destruction. On the 12th anniversary of the deadliest attack on American soil in recent memory, the President of these United States is trying to sell the people on the prospect of fighting in support of the enemies. Cue massive popular revolt in 3…2…1…
…where is everyone? What happened to all the outraged patriots so stridently supporting the war effort all these years? The families of the deceased? Every last man, woman, and child who ever spoke the words: “never forget”? Have they forgotten? Doesn’t anyone care that we, as a nation, are gearing up to shed precious blood in defense of our greatest enemy since the fall of the Soviet Union?
Make no mistake: war propaganda works.