March of this year will go down in history as the month in which the average Joe discovered that brutal war crimes have been committed in Africa for decades and that the atrocities continue to this very day. The old news finally became known to the masses thanks to YouTube of all things. It is well known that videos with kids or kittens have a tendency to go viral. There are no cats in the video posted on the 5th of March, but there are thousands of Ugandan children who were either killed, raped, or forced to enlist as soldiers in Joseph Kony's rebel army. The video was viewed 62 million times in the first four days.
How did the people not hear about all this sooner? Let us put things into perspective.
5 and a 1/2 million people were murdered between 1998 and 2007 in the Congo where mass public rape is used as a weapon of war to break the will of the people. This barely gets a footnote in the mainstream newspapers, if that.
While the Pol Pot regime was busy killing Cambodians in the 1970s, Indonesia invaded East Timor and murdered tens of thousands of soldiers and civilians. You have not heard about the latter because Indonesia had the USA's blessing, but you do know about the former because Pol Pot was a communist, and the mainstream media wanted to further the USA's anti-communism agenda.
15 out of the 19 terrorists of 9/11 were Saudis – that is almost 80%. None were from Iraq. None were from Afghanistan either, though Afghanistan did shelter some Al Qaeda members. Both countries were invaded. Not only did Saudi Arabia not get attacked, but the mainstream media never mentions it in the same sentence as 9/11. It does not tell us that Bin Laden’s operation was mostly bankrolled by Saudis. Why? Because that is where the US Government buys its oil from.
US Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul wants to get the US out of all wars and abolish the Federal Reserve Bank, a private institution that is practically above the law. He is given next to no media coverage.
You can see the obvious trend. The mainstream media reports only what it is told to, in the manner it is told to, in order to shape our thoughts into what the powers that be deem fit.
Never has this been clearer than now. In the last few years, while Kony was not getting any air time on TV, we have been bombarded incessantly by the propaganda machine of the USA, the EU, and Israel to brainwash us into thinking that Iran poses a military threat. Iranians have every right to invest in and develop nuclear technology, just like the countries that are now threatening it with a pre-emptive military strike did decades ago. Israel is the only country in the Middle East to have nuclear warheads and wants things to stay that way. I know this, you know this, but the Governments have not yet given up on manufacturing our consent, as the great Noam Chomsky would say.
Picking up the Kony story is one thing. Pushing it as much as newspapers and TV news networks have been this week is another, especially after virtual silence for years on end. Again, put things in perspective: News24, a South African online news resource reported that, "Olara Otunnu, a former UN diplomat who worked on children and armed conflict, has long accused the [US backed] Ugandan government of committing genocide in northern Uganda as it pursued Kony... Ugandan officials say [Kony's] LRA - with some 200 core fighters at most - is weakened and is merely trying to survive." That is 200 core fighters, a far cry from 30,000 as the famed YouTube video claims. Kony was at his most active over 10 years ago, so why is the media pushing for an invasion now? Is it to interfere with Uganda's trading with China?
In a totalitarian regime a country sends its men to war because the powers that be want to. The same exact thing happens in our representative democracies, only the propaganda of deceit brings most of the population on board. We feel we are part of the decision-making process when we are really just cheerleaders. Boy, are we happy we do not have to experience a totalitarian government and the oppressive control that comes with it. So much so that we fail to see the huge amount of control present in our representative democracies. It is simply of a different kind: thought control.
When the mainstream media is not busy indoctrinating us, it easily distracts the masses from what is really going on with sports, trash TV, popcorn movies, and so on. Panis et circenses, as Caesar would say. Bread and circuses while the rulers keep their agendas rolling.
Information on what is truly going on all over the world is available from alternative media and public reports, but one has to go looking for it. The gross majority of people lack the time, the energy, and the commitment to do so. This is precisely why the government propaganda model has proven to be so successful.
People are very slowly but surely getting smarter and wising up to this. Unfortunately, after they do so their anger quickly turns into a feeling of helplessness and nothing is done about it. The Governments are still not taking any chances though, instituting laws like the NDAA and the Patriot Act in the US to be able to legally use force on the people should they ever decide to take action.
Instead of Kony 2012, I suggest a Wake-Up 2012 movement.