Boiling frogs

Given that the mainstream media (MSM) follows it’s own agenda rather than serving public interest, many bloggers take it upon themselves to point out the under-reported but important news.

Kudos today goes to The Independent for being alone amongst the UK’s leading newspapers to cover the latest UN report about Libya on this mornings front page. (Check out the Daily Mail, The Sun and the Telegraph.)

Remember the outrage over Gadaffi’s abuse of the civilian population, which dominated the news for months? Well, now that ‘our’ rebels are in control, the mighty pen of the free press has gone quiet about human rights in Libya.

You would think the following quote (from a UN report) came pre- not post-Gadaffi:

Thousands of people, including women and children, are being illegally detained by rebel militias in Libya, …... Many of the prisoners are suffering torture and systematic mistreatment while being held in private jails outside the control of the country’s new government.

In another front page article Patrick Cockburn reminds us of how one-sided and complicit the western media has been, and describes their misreporting thus:

An example of this occurred when eight or nine bodies of Libyan soldiers were found who appeared to have been executed. The rebels claimed they had been shot by Gaddafi’s men because they tried to change sides. But Amnesty located a film of the soldiers being captured alive by the rebels and it was presumably the rebels who killed them

Sounds remarkably similar to recent reporting from Syria, another country on the Pentagon’s attack list, next to whom the US has just parked one of it’s global battle groups. There is a clear pattern of escalating reports of abuse towards a civilian population, aggressive posturing by Western politicians and a military build-up. Followed by war.

After each of these wars: Iraq I, Serbia/Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq II, Libya – clear evidence emerged that many of the horror stories which were used to justify the invasions, were false. Like the story about Saddam’s troops throwing babies out of incubators in Kuwaiti hospitals, they were simply propaganda, lies, used to get a dumbed-down and distracted public on side.

Cui bono? It is clear how the financial/military/industrial complex benefits from the agenda of the MSM. But how do you and I benefit from our acquiescence? Will we ever wake up, or, like this poor frog, will we keep trying to compromise until it is too late?

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