…30 april, 2015, yet another day in infamy?…

Momentous week. And not just Baltimore. Today is 30 April. Two days earlier, on 28 April, 50 years ago the United States invaded the Dominican Republic. And in yet another of its great adventures for ‘freedom’ or whatever, several thousand innocent Dominicans would lose their lives.

Both items from teleSURtv.

50th Anniversary of the US Invasion of the Dominican Republic

Dominicans Ask US to Apologize for 1965 Invasion

Not much from the US MSM on that little matter. Nor from the invading power for that matter.

Today is the 40th Anniversary of the US Defeat and the Legacy of its Brutal War against the people of Vietnam. Still, that that Pyrrhic victory would cost the Vietnamese dearly – some three million slaughtered, tons of chemical defoliants, napalm and Agent Orange dumped on its vegetation, in its soil and waterways that continue to show their intended evil in significant and continuing health problems and birth defects

The US had dropped three times the tonnage of bombs on Vietnam than was dropped in all of World War II. It will require some three centuries to locate and defuse those bombs dropped by the US. Former US Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara would late in life express his ‘regrets’, which, mirabile dictu, did make all well again.

The two posts (and photos) below should explain why the US refuses to show its weapons destroying, vaporising or dismembering its victims, most innocent – not for wedding parties, not for a grandmother picking okra with her two grandchildren. For such videos, some ‘whistleblower’ is necessary.

TelSURtv, Los niños víctimas del agente naranja en Vietnam

The Guardian, 40 years since Saigon’s fall, napalm attack haunts woman in iconic image

Mother Jones, Watch the US Drop 2.5 Million Tons of Bombs on Laos

Between 1964 and 1973, the United States dropped around 2.5 million tons of bombs on Laos. While the American public was focused on the war in neighboring Vietnam, the US military was waging a devastating covert campaign to cut off North Vietnamese supply lines through the small Southeast Asian country.

The nearly 600,000 bombing runs delivered a staggering amount of explosives: The equivalent of a planeload of bombs every eight minutes for nine years, or a ton of bombs for every person in the country—more than what American planes unloaded on Germany and Japan combined during World War II. Laos remains, per capita, the most heavily bombed country on earth.

TeleSURtv, 40 Years Since the US Defeat in Vietnam

TeleSURtv, Last Day in Vietnam – Images of the Final Hours of the US War

Common Dreams, 40 Years After Vietnam War, Prime Minister Decries ‘Barbarous Crimes’ of US

TeleSURtv, Humpty Dumpty, Vietnam and the Propaganda Model

Noam Chomsky has been pointing out for 50 years that the most harmful component of the US propaganda system is what he at one point named ‘feigned dissent’, the carefully-limited critique of Establishment figures who pose as opponents of the Establishment. At the outset of his career as a public intellectual, Chomsky pointed out that the furious debate over the Vietnam War within the mainstream media actually entrenched US propaganda about the war, rather than challenging it.

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Chomsky is then quoted,

‘The more vigorous the debate, the better the system of propaganda is served, since the tacit unspoken assumptions are more forcefully implanted. An independent mind must seek to separate itself from official doctrine – and from the criticism advanced by its alleged opponent. Not just from the assertions of the propaganda system, but from its tacit presuppositions as well, as expressed by critic and defender…’

The coordination of the policy makers and the media then ensures the effective manipulation of public perception, especially if it is a credulous, impressionable public eager to return to its distractions. And this is where the power of the ascendant blogs and alternate media can play that transformational role in checking and reducing  this influence.

…the ‘audacity of hope’ is that the movement, however slow, toward a multi-polar world, would still serve to instill caution in the reckless, whose short-term quest for power and wealth inflicts such instability and destruction in the world…

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