Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Unceasing Indoctrination

What more reinforcing propaganda is there than to give a political swan song before death?
For you are bound to tell your truth, whatever truth that may be.

We believe this in our country, too. We believe in deathbed confessions, suicide notes, and dying declarations. The truth is, we can lie at death and know it. We can lie at death and think we are telling the truth.

Then there is the time of learning fundamentals--the foundations of truth. If you don't watch the first one, watch this one, where an imitation Mickey Mouse has an appalling job and probably does it quite well.

Palestinian Watch is an "Israeli research institute that studies Palestinian society from a broad range of perspectives by monitoring and analyzing the Palestinian Authority through its media and schoolbooks. PMW’s major focus is on the messages that the Palestinian leaders, from the Palestinian Authority, Fatah and Hamas, send to the population through the broad range of institutions and infrastructures they control."

According to Wikipedia, the organization seeks to let the European Union know what its foreign aid and business investment in Palestinian media is bringing forth. However, their offices are in Israel and they have a Director in North America, not the European Union--at least, not at the Web site I visited. What I am saying is that there is more than one competing indoctrination embedded in this post. The first is the videos. The second is the editing I have done, and that Palestinian Watch has done.

Nothing is straightforward in the Near East--or perhaps anywhere. No one is perhaps blameless, or free from prejudice there as well as anywhere else. However, these videos are quite a shock.

I originally went looking for indoctrination videos and pictures--I keep trying to understand the limits of my own values, and (less personally) also how groups perpetuate themselves. The way I examined my first set of values was to go to school--and get perhaps a competing indoctrination, and then try to work with the contradictions to decide for myself. According to these videos, there is not a lot of competition here--only 1 Big 1 indoctrination.

--Wikipedia on Hamas
--Wikipedia on Fatah
--Wikipedia on Revisionist Zionism

 I'm looking for some great thoughts here. If you have some, I'd love to see them in the comments.


Ann T. said...

Dear Readers,
One of the things I thought about--but it took me until this morning--how much more attention we should pay to our public schools.

That's as far as I got so far--that second video just chills me to the bone.

Ann T.

suz said...

I can't watch any more such videos; this is incomprehensible. What does it take to obliterate basic human compassion? How do you even begin to figure out how to stop something like this? Don't they understand what they're doing to their OWN humanity?

Ann T. said...

Dear Suz,
It takes a lot to knock me speechless, but this pretty much did it.

It is utterly foreign to you and me. And it seems so evil. A fanatic uses zeal to cover up doubt; I read that somewhere. The overt manipulation and anger and underlying suffering underneath visualized here: there is no higher value in it. None whatsoever.

Unfortunately, about the only thing I see that will undermine it (call me a cynic, I'm sure) is complete and total cupidity and corruption.

When the leaders start living high, and the people cast cynical eyes. Even that is not the answer.

Thanks for the prompt. I have to think about this some more.
Ann T.

Bob G. said...

One thing that never cases to "amaze" me is the ability of humankind to perpetuate the ridiculous and adhere to the idiotic.
That can often become a volatile combination.
You're not a cynic...just a realist (with a good healthy dose of idealism)...nothing wrong with that, trust me.

We are of a like mind here.

Lots to think on for sure.

Good post.