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Fear-Fuelling Conspiracies

Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil. –Aristotlefear

I don’t believe in conspiracy theories. However I do believe in conspiracies.

All that’s necessary is to have two or more conspirators conspiring to do something–anything–together.

This includes every imaginable conspiracy, from a couple of kids conspiring to tease other kids, to thieves planning a robbery, to countries creating coalitions against other countries.

Usually conspiracies come out of situations where the facts are known to few and the conspirators remain hidden.

Presently there’s a conspiracy among those creating propaganda for bombing Iran. These war hawk politicians in both the U S and Israel use misinterpreted intelligence and incredulous rationales to argue that Iran should be bombed because they are working toward developing nuclear power.

It’s not enough that Iran doesn’t have nuclear weapons. According to Israeli hawks, Iran must not be allowed to work in the direction of developing nuclear weapons.

That argument is currently too weak to garner enough support from the American public to go into another costly war, primarily because it doesn’t create enough fear.

A conspirator who wanted to see that ingredient added would find a way to create fear in the American public.

Old tricks like those employed to create fear leading to the Iraq war won’t work. No one will easily buy the argument that another Islamic country has WMDs.

Even if fear for Israel is strong enough to make an argument for them, the stock of Israeli nuclear weapons convinces anyone with half a brain that they can defend themselves.

On the other hand, something going on in America can provide enough fear by Americans to support another war.

One only needs to follow closely the fear inspiring attacks on Islam picking up steam in America.

Combine the building fear of Islam in the US with the propaganda about Iran as a potential nuclear power and the conspiracy is almost complete.

Fear!

Governments plant fear!

During the Vietnam War, the U S government implanted fear of communism in the public minds.

Terrorist fears don’t have to be toward the same thing. While fear of communism remained even after the McCarthy era in America, it has been possible to plant new fears.

After 9/11, American fear shifted to Islam. Though politicians have generally been careful to distinguish between all Muslims and “radical” Islamists, the American public has associated Islam with terrorists.

One politician recently planted the distinction in American minds by saying, “While not all Muslims are terrorists, all terrorists are Muslims.”

This sick, totally untrue, comment has appeared on numerous websites, blogs and videos. Repeated enough times, people begin to automatically ascribe truth to their brainwashing.

Political scientist John Mueller argued that once instilled, fear of terrorism remains in large percentages of populations.

 Even if fears of terrorism do begin to decline,” says Mueller, “they can probably be very substantially rejiggered if a lone fanatical nut somewhere shoots up a bus, bank, or beauty salon while shouting “God is great!”

According to Arsalan Iftikhar (international human rights lawyer and Contributing Editor for Islamica magazine) Anti-Muslim sentiment in America has surged.

 A 2010 Washington Post-ABC News public opinion poll found that roughly half the country (49 percent) holds an unfavourable view of Islam, compared with 37 percent who have a favourable view.

 That is a 10% rise from a similar poll taken in October 2002, just a little more than a year removed from the attacks of 9/11.

 It’s never too soon to expose the conspirators responsible for feeding and stimulating fear of Arabs and Islam.

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12 Responses to Fear-Fuelling Conspiracies

  1. searching April 28, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

    “Flint Sky: Those people in the forest, what did you see on them?
    Jaguar Paw: I do not understand.
    Flint Sky: FEAR. Deep rotting fear.They were infected by it. Did you see?
    Fear IS a sickness. It will crawl into the soul of anyone who engages it. It has tainted your peace already. I DID NOT RAISE YOU TO SEE YOU LIVE WITH FEAR. STRIKE IT FROM YOUR HEART.
    DO NOT bring it into our village.”
    “Apccalypto ”
    Mel Gibson’s great movie.

  2. ariadna April 28, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

    “Combine the building fear of Islam in the US with the propaganda about Iran as a potential nuclear power and the conspiracy is almost complete.”

    Easy to accomplish because, to quote an esteemed thinker:
    “Freedom of the press means freedom for those who control the press to publish what they like.”
    Since “If enough isolated individuals pursue the same goal, the effect is indistinguishable from a conspiracy” (ibid), and about half of America is already scared of Islam, the conspiracy (deliberate and unconscious) is what scares the other half witless.

  3. Jonathon Blakeley April 28, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

    Fear is the mind-killer.

    9/11 was the catalyst.
    Muslims to blame.
    Islamophobia.

    • searching April 28, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

      Fear can be a tremendous paralyzer.
      It paralyzes not only one’s mind, but also one’s heart and soul. It stops rational thinking and actions, it stimulates irratonality hidden in all of us. A very powerful emotion to play with.
      It can be also very destructive to everything around us, including us.
      Fear is a natural response if we see a danger.
      It may save our lives if it won’t paralyses us too much.
      MSMEdia build a so-called “irrational fear”, steadily and over time. They use all propaganda, manipulative methods to create certain type of fear, a phobia.
      Phobia is usually irrational, fear of unknown, fear of something that may happen, but it resided mostly in our minds. Usually it does not reflect reality. Extremely paralyzing type of fear.

  4. searching April 28, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

    Nothing unites people more than a fear of a so- caled enemy , a boogey man, fake or the real one. In order to fear the” enemy” one has to know WHO is the “enemy”.
    MSMedial propaganda does an exellent job in telling us, day by day, month after moth, year after year, who are our “enemies”, that we should be so much afraid of.
    Politcians add their own fuel in case if we forgot. Awoken in the middle of the night we shoud recite WHO is our enemy.
    We should know them whenever/wherever we go.
    In order to protect us from those “enemies’, our western , oh so people friendly countries , start preemptive wars , sorry, a “humanitarian missions”, that main goal is to defend us from those “enemies’, and to show the “enemies” a full blown democracy brought on the wings of airplanes, on tips of missiles, in the mushroom cloud of bombs etc.

  5. Jonathon Blakeley April 28, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    This is very cool, I stumbled across it. Pain and Pleasure, the quantity and quality are crucial to a sane mind.

    Utilitarianism

    Utilitarianism is a normative ethical theory that places the locus of right and wrong solely on the outcomes (consequences) of choosing one action/policy over other actions/policies. As such, it moves beyond the scope of one’s own interests and takes into account the interests of others.

    Bentham’s Principle of Utility: (1) Recognizes the fundamental role of pain and pleasure in human life, (2) approves or disapproves of an action on the basis of the amount of pain or pleasure brought about i.e, consequences, (3) equates good with pleasure and evil with pain, and (4) asserts that pleasure and pain are capable of quantification (and hence ‘measure’).

    In measuring pleasure and pain, Bentham introduces the following criteria: INTENSITY, DURATION, CERTAINTY (or UNCERTAINTY), and its NEARNESS (or FARNESS). He also includes its “fecundity” (will more of the same follow?) and its “purity” (its pleasure won’t be followed by pain & vice versa). In considering actions that affect numbers of people, we must also account for its EXTENT.

    John Stuart Mill adjusted the more hedonistic tendencies in Bentham’s philosophy by emphasizing (1) It is not the quantity of pleasure, but the quality of happiness that is central to utilitarianism, (2) the calculus is unreasonable — qualities cannot be quantified (there is a distinction between ‘higher’ and ‘lower’ pleasures), and (3) utilitarianism refers to “the Greatest Happiness Principle” — it seeks to promote the capability of achieving happiness (higher pleasures) for the most amount of people (this is its “extent”).

    http://caae.phil.cmu.edu/cavalier/80130/part2/sect9.html

  6. Ariadna Theokopoulos April 29, 2012 at 12:38 am #

    I remember that a very long time ago (in another life) in med schools they used to teach in introductory neurology that physical pain is nothing but pleasure over a certain threshold. A sort of Hegelian qualitative leap resulting from quantitative accumulation over a certain threshold.
    The increasing intensity/degree of pleasure over a given threshold is pain:
    from warm to burning hot, from low decibels to eardrum splitting noise, from dappled shade to retina-burning light, from a light touch/caress to bone-breaking pressure, from the sensation of a cool breeze to ice on the skin, etc.

    I don’t know if they still teach this, but I suspect not because brain mapping has shown different areas of the brain responsible for pleasure and pain.
    Even so, I find it to be a useful metaphor for the wisdom of moderation and for rejecting May West’s so very American statement: “Too much of a good thing is wonderful.”

  7. Jonathon Blakeley April 29, 2012 at 1:08 am #

    You can have fun with fear, if you break it down into bite size pieces. And reherse Fearful situations.

    It has been confirmed by science that a human being can bear 45 Del (units) of pain, but at birth, a woman can feel up to 57 Del (units) of pain! This is the kind of pain you feel when 20 of your bones have been fractured at the same time. Who else can bear this degree of pain if not your mother, who is also a woman!

    Quality and Quantity of Pleasure and Pain
    Hedonic & hedons – units of pleasure (yummy :-))
    Dels units of pain – ouch.

    • Ariadna Theokopoulos April 29, 2012 at 1:34 am #

      “You can have fun with fear, if you break it down into bite size pieces.”

      Bungee jumping?
      I don’t know if giving birth is truly unequalled pain. A male friend who is also a physician told me that based on his personal experience passing kidney stones is on a par. He said the best he could describe it was having a rusty 1950s Chevrolet–looong and all fins, also rusted…– pass through his urethra. He also said that picturing it during the process made it worse.
      We are really having a fun dialog here…:-)

  8. etominusipi April 29, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

    anyone concerned with carrots and sticks should beware of the insidious corruption that accompanies all forms of systematic control over peoples’ behaviour, whether in a domestic, local, national or international context. ‘fear’ becomes an offensive weapon in the hands of oppressors, ‘pleasure’ is the essence of all instruments of seduction.

    to my ear the word ‘pleasure’ seems irredeemably egocentric in its signification. the higher octave of pleasure, joy, should be our focus. (true) joy is not to do with the tickling of peripheral nerve-endings. this is why the son’s formulation is better than the father’s.

    however the price for developing a utilitarian perspective towards its becoming a valid dimension of ethical critique, is to drop all pretence that things ‘hedonic’ can be measured like mass, length, time or electric charge.

    such pretence is suitable for price-shading the goods on supermarket shelves. any broader application is always ‘apologetic’ and soon trespasses on human dignity in the service of sectional interests.

  9. LouisGodena April 29, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    Interesting how quickly opponents of Zionism nevertheless adopt its vocabulary. I have yet to see the term “terrorism” deconstructed and put into a political context. It is if all “terrorism” is bad. This naturally leads to the conclusion that, whatever we do, we must not aid terrorism or its proponents, regardless of what they or it are trying to achieve. But, we should begin asking ourselves, is all “terror” wrong or counterproductive? Terror, when it is directed against the oppressed, is clearly wrong. But, what if it is wielded by the oppressed against their tormentor? Terror is used by all parties in virtually every serious conflict. We need to establish a criteria of sorts and stop accepting boilerplate definitions put forth by others.

  10. Simorgh April 30, 2012 at 5:06 am #

    I’ve been reading “The Politics of Hunger: The Allied Blockade of Germany, 1915-1919.” C. Paul Vincent’s thesis is that Great Britain, w/ US support and complicity, deliberately starved about 765,000 German civilians by means of blockade, and kept that blockade in effect for over 6 months (or 35000 more deaths) AFTER Germany surrendered, in order to force Germany to sign onerous Versailles treaty.
    Among other arguments, Vincent shows that the psycho-biological effects of the experience of hunger, esp. in young children, permanently affect brain function. The cohort at time of ascension of Hitler, ie. 20-year olds, +-, would have been among the children who a)witnessed family members starve to death; b) themselves experienced serious food deprivation.
    This finding blew my socks off: It’s part of a report rendered to Maynard Keynes by a physician in charge of a kindergarten in Cologne in 1919: “You see this child here,” the physician explained; “it consumed an incredible amount of bread and yet it did not get any stronger. I found out that it hid all the bread it received underneath its straw mattress. THE FEAR OF HUNGER WAS SO DEEPLY ROOTED IN THE CHILD that it collected the stores instead of eating the food: a MISGUIDED ANIMAL INSTINCT MADE THE DREAD OF HUNGER WORSE THAN THE ACTUAL PANGS.”
    Fear is a more powerful emotional response than hunger.
    For over a century those great civilizers– Israeli, British, and US leaders– have used threats of starvation, and actual blockades/boycotts, to force Germans, Palestinians, Iraqis, and Iranians to submit to their demands.

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