“There are more than a few Americans who believe that the US government only goes to war reluctantly, to safeguard human rights, democracy and national security. These people are so caught up in delusion and illusion, they probably believe in Santa Claus and the tooth fairy.”
The article properly consigns blame to high level disinformation experts and the media that continue to sponsor them.
You, to the contrary, began your comment with the usual–blame THE PEOPLE–inversion of Truth.
And it’s interesting that in the place of an ACCURATE analysis, you did a generic “blame citizens” because so many believe in the tooth fairy while leaving out THIS significant qualifier of WHO those people are:
" Amazingly, a poll taken of self-professed evangelical Christians just before the US attacked Iraq showed that over 80% supported war against Iraq. So much for turning the other cheek."
The Christian Fundamentalists–hardly a group known for challenging authoritarian directives or reading past “The Bible,” represents the largest demographic that supports these foreign wars. And it’s hardly an accident that:
- So many church leaders pushed the Holy War lie
- The U.S. military–and particularly its air force–is absolutely embedded with Christian Chaplains who do for the young pilots’ consciences what the psychologists who monitor Guantanamo torture campaigns did. Both use their titles to lend legitimacy to lawless, immoral acts.
- Generals like Boykin argued publicly that he “Knew his god was bigger than their god” (Allah).
- A serial killer like Eric Prince who “found his calling” in supplying private armies answerable to no nation could assert that he was a Christian (and his blood thirst was never challenged against his purported following of Christ the teacher OF peace)
- Bush using “Crusades” as MORE than a Freudian slip in the early run-up to war
I can’t recall the source but the insight was that lots of Americans didn’t read and when they read newspapers, they only glanced at the headlines.
But nowhere is that incurious pride in illiteracy greater than among those taught to see intellectuals as suspect, and in place of their “authority” trust faith (and by extension, the fundamentalist preachers who quote the Bible).