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Hoisting the False Flag


#1

Hoisting the False Flag

Stephen Kinzer

Brave Guatemalan air force pilots rebelled against a leftist regime in 1954 and used their planes to bomb the regime’s bases. Army commanders also rebelled; Guatemalans could hear them directing troop movements over the radio. Finally these patriots won their revolution. The United States trumpeted their victory around the world.


#2

False Flag has become a favorite of the deep state. Problem is, the cat is out of the bag for anyone willing to open their eyes and see. Which is more of us everyday.


#3

True, as far as it goes. Unfortunately, untold millions accept as truth everything that comes from Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, Sinclair affiliates and the rest.


#4

In service to creating instability in the Mideast, there is no tactic the US won’t deploy.


#5

Not sure if the Tonkin incident can be classed as a false flag op.


#6

naw, that was just an out and out lie


#7

Twin Towers.


#8

Everyone knows that Assad ordered those self-driving, self-detonating, chemical-weapons filled incubators into Douma.


#9

Oh yes, weapons of mass distraction. Lol


#10

Yes. And, let’s not forget the USS Liberty false flag (fail) where Israel attacked a US Naval ship in open waters of the Mediterranean during the Six-Day War killing 34 crew members and wounding 171 in an attempt to sink the ship and provoke Johnson to enter the war on the Israeli side. Crew members fought valiantly off the sea and air attack and lived to tell about it, but Johnson and Israeli apologists managed to cover it up.


#11

Yes, because its not like the great man-of-the-people Assad has any documented record of using chemical weapons or anything…


#12

Kinda like the peace-loving petrol oligarch helping Assad is always a victim of the MIC because he just wants peace!!! Norm Solomon tells me so.


#13

Yeah, but criticize Assad here and you instantly become an advocate of a US invasion and takeover of Syria.

There is something very ominous going on with the US left - it is adopting much of the authoritarianism and nutty conspiratorialism of Lyndon Larouche (yes, he is still alive) and of the fascist Orthodox-fanatic Alexandr Dugin who has been called “Putin’s Brain”.


#14

yeah but self-driving, self-detonating, chemical-weapons filled incubators into Douma. is cause for a chuckle.


#15

Kinzer:
False flag operations succeed because many people reflexively jump to
accept official narratives. Conveniently timed attacks that give
pretexts for war, however, are not always what they seem. History
suggests that we should await clear evidence before falling into well
laid traps.

But you already concluded that Assad did it! You don’t know. False certainty is the rich earth of war propagandists and you fell for it.


#16

I am very glad that CD published this piece by Stephen Kinzer (author of “Overthrow”). Although, it would have been far more timely to have come out a couple of weeks ago. The corporate media has been in lockstep that it is certain that their was a chemical attack and that Assad was responsible for it. We still don’t have the evidence. It would be one thing if it was just the MSM pushing this line, it is also people ostensibly on the left, (now known as the “cruise missile left”) like Democracy Now!, Sonali Kolhatkar, Socialist Worker and the Intercept.


#17

Worse, the propagandists protect themselves against this by ensuring “ordinary” people see those who see the truth as unpatriotic or “conspiracy theorists”. Humans don’t like it when they stand out from the herd. So they avoid saying or doing things that make them targets in this way.


#18

He doesn’t. There are accusations, just like this one, but supporting one accusation on the fact that previous unproven allegations have been made is hardly due process.


#19

A good example of the way that critics are silenced by being added to the witch hunt. I have a friend (let’s call him “Kiwi”) who helped some Asian lads who were being bullied by white men at the firm where he worked. “Paki-lover” those white racists called him, though naturally they would deny being racists. That’s how the bullies intimidate those who won’t join the hunting pack.


#20

Capitalism is the ultimate casus belli.