Not only does this happen in America, it is happening all over the place, in the Middle East, Israel, Africa, India, Pakistan, Greece, Spain, Italy, Japan, S. Korea and the list continues.
We can now gain and become bombarded with information thanks to the Internet, blogs, You Tube, and social networking sites. The sharing of information across borders and somehow allowed us to identify with other cultures in their different situations. It is through these means that many can read and view voices from around the world.
How can we decipher all this information, from the reality and propaganda handed down from our governments and other radical groups? A normal person does not have enough time in the day to search and read all viewpoints to make the decision on their own. How can we know that the sources are trusted? News agencies and citizen journalists can edit a news story simply with the view of their camera, making a small crowd into a large one or by creating texts that imply a different story than the reality.
Some of the “lies” that was discovered has created decisions that killed thousands of people, created starvation, refugees, homelessness, job losses and torture. These manipulations evolve between American leaders and sometime with collaborations with foreign leaders. The trend has swelled from country to country. Some of these “lies” did not make headlines and hardly anyone talks about them, but they have changed the world that we all live in.
The result of the Gulf War with President Bush Sr. and the connection to President George Bush Jr. created the wars that we deal with today, the unnecessary deaths and suffering both for Iraqi’s and Americans. A mess has been created that generated outrageous spending and high debts. The U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have taken 225,000 lives and will ultimately cost more than $3 trillion, according to a one-of-a-kind study by Brown University that aims to put a price tag on the U.S. response to 9/11. (Boston Herald)
Bush Sr. Falsifying Gulf War
In October, 1990, a 15-year-old Kuwaiti girl, identified only as Nayirah, appeared in Washington before the House of Representatives’ Human Rights Caucus. She testified that Iraqi soldiers who had invaded Kuwait on August 2nd tore hundreds of babies from hospital incubators and killed them. The news jumped on the story and generated opposition to Iraq’s leader, Saddam Hussein. He was referred to as the “Bucher of Baghdad” and “A tyrant worse than Hitler.” President Bush Sr, referred to the story six times in one month, “312 premature babies at Kuwait City’s maternity hospital who died after Iraqi soldiers stole their incubators and left the infants on the floor” or he would say, "babies pulled from incubators and scattered like firewood across the floor." He would remind the Democrats who were against going into war, and wanted sanctions only against Iraq. Which would cause thousands of Iraqis to die of hunger and disease, but that’s not the point.
In the end, Nayirah, was hidden and kept from the public. After all, she was the daughter of Saud Nasir Al-Sabah, Kuwait’s ambassador to the United States. Some of the congressional leaders and reporters knew who Nayirah was, but no-one spoke up sharing that “minor” detail with the American people.
It was all a lie, plain and simple. It was a manipulation tactic to justify bombarding Iraq to get rid of the brutal leader who ruled the helpless people. Yes, America, comes to save the day from the killing of babies! Of course, no one would ask if the story was true and no one would ask is it our business?
According to Dr. Mohammed Matar, director of Kuwait’s primary care system, and his wife, Dr. Fayeza Youssef, who ran the obstetrics unit at the maternity hospital, there were few if any babies in the incubators at the time of the Iraqi invasion. The truth is that some babies did die after the invasion, the doctors and nurses stopped working or fled the country. They were at war.
Imagine that the aristocratic ambassadors’ daughter was sitting alone in a children’s hospital in Kuwait. (Indymedia)
Fake Satellite Photos:
The claim that satellite photos revealed that Iraq had troops poised to strike Saudi Arabia was also fabricated by the PR firm. Hill & Knowlton http://www.hillandknowlton.com/ was paid between $12 million (as reported two years later on "60 Minutes") and $20 million (as reported on "20/20") for "services rendered." The group fronting the money? Citizens for a Free Kuwait, a phony "human rights agency" set up and funded entirely by Kuwait’s emirocracy to promote its interests in the U.S.
The owners resided in the UK and it gave the company political power to manipulate the democratic and political processes. This happened 10 years ago, and look where we are today.
In a “Behind-the scenes true story” of the Gulf War by HBO, the revealed that the war resolved nothing, and the US made Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and other allies pay and estimated $100-$150 billion. (ATimes)
Not only was Saudi and Kuwait let down, but the Turkish President Turgut Ozal was seduced through US hints of winning the lost Kurdish areas in Northern Iraq. However, instead of getting oil rich from Mosul and Kirkuk, the sanctions against Iraq caused the pipeline to closure and cost Ankara $50 billion in lost trade.
The result? Attack on the World Trade Centers on September 11 in the attempt to rid of the American regimes? Do I blame them?
In spite of the known consequences of the false war, President Clinton needed a new look, he needed to polish his image. While the rockets red glare, smart bombs bursting in air, 250,000 people died….Mr. Clinton hired Hill and Knowlton to do his public relations work in 1998.
Bush admitting that there are no weapons of mass destruction. (Sept 2004)
The American Operation Iraqi Freedom documents refers to some 48,000 boxes of documents, audiotapes and videotapes that were captured by the U.S. military during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Associated Press reported, "Repeatedly in the transcripts, Saddam and his lieutenants remind each other that Iraq destroyed its chemical and biological weapons in the early 1990s, and shut down those programs and the nuclear-bomb program, which had never produced a weapon." Many of these documents seem to make clear that Saddam’s regime had given up on seeking a WMD capability by the mid-1990s.
At one 1996 presidential meeting, top weapons program official Amer Mohammed Rashid, describes his conversation with UN weapons inspector Rolf Ekeus: "We don’t have anything to hide, so we’re giving you all the details." At another meeting Saddam told his deputies, "We cooperated with the resolutions 100 percent and you all know that, and the 5 percent they claim we have not executed could take them 10 years to (verify). Don’t think for a minute that we still have WMD. We have nothing." U.S. Congressman Peter Hoekstra called for the U.S. government to put the remaining documents on the Internet so Arabic speakers around the world can help translate the documents.
Even obedient weapons inspector Richard Butler told the US Senate that there was no evidence that Iraq had passed weapons technology to non-Iraqi terrorist groups. Scott Ritter, another former UN weapons inspector in Iraq, has said that the US has not produced enough hard evidence to justify an attack. Rolf Ekeus, the Swedish arms inspector from 1991 to 1997, accused the US of manipulating the UN mission for its own ends. The US was more keen on tracking Saddam’s whereabouts, which "could be of interest if one were to target him personally".
The whole thing is only accentuating the image of the "Ugly American". A respected non-partisan US think tank, the Council on Foreign Relations, said in a recent report to the White House, "Around the world, from western Europe to the Far East, many see the United States as arrogant, hypocritical, self-absorbed, self-indulgent, and contemptuous of others."
As Bush found in Afghanistan, whacking foreigners is popular with many Americans and wins votes. Iraq and hapless Iraqis would fit and foot the bill. Moreover, an attack would distract attention from financial scandals which threaten to enmesh both president and vice president. To many, it seems that the US administration represents but narrow corporate interests, and already, in this respect, the impending war seems to be going rather well.
Who would have know that after the Gulf War, we would be involved in other wars, based on lies, who would have known that the global economy would start to crumble, who would have known that President Obama, would fail on removing the troops from Iraq after his election…we are all still waiting.