Wednesday, November 24, 2004

John Pilger - Iraq: the unthinkable becomes normal

An article by John Pilger who is always worth reading. First paragraph and link included (just click on the title).

Mainstream media speak as if Fallujah were populated only by foreign “insurgents”. In fact, women and children are being slaughtered in our name.

Edward S Herman's landmark essay, “The Banality of Evil”, has never seemed more apposite. “Doing terrible things in an organised and systematic way rests on 'normalisation’”, wrote Herman. “There is usually a division of labour in doing and rationalising the unthinkable, with the direct brutalising and killing done by one set of individuals ... others working on improving technology (a better crematory gas, a longer burning and more adhesive napalm, bomb fragments that penetrate flesh in hard-to-trace patterns). It is the function of the experts, and the mainstream media, to normalise the unthinkable for the general public.”


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