that, Mabel? Come, watch!" Hank calls from the sofa. "Five
of them Iranian swift boats like they used to blow up the Cole
just attacked the Fifth Fleet! Don't say how many killed. Just
— u2018We've suffered casualties!' Those damn Arab-Iranian-al-Qaeda-speedboat-sand-devils!
Get in here, Mabel! Watch!"
is amazing what can be done in a 90-second "news segment."
In just 90 seconds, we learn that five small Iranian speedboats
have "harassed" and "threatened" a Navy frigate
and two Navy destroyers — telling these monstrous military
vessels they are about to explode! Explode? All three warships?
Before we can
say, "That's preposterous!" the segment quickly cuts to
footage of small craft moving around the wounded USS Cole,
just after the attack in 2000.
Then the segment
cuts back to a grim-faced admiral as he tells the American people
It is important
to remember that we have been attacked by small high-speed boats.
We have suffered casualties. And we take this deadly seriously.
Cut to footage
of a Navy cruiser firing a sea-to-air missile from its forward deck
as the reporter informs us that an Iranian airliner has been shot
down in a "deadly accident." (Note the customary "tragic
accident" is not invoked when Iranian lives are involved.)
But why mention
the shooting down of the Iranian passenger plane in the first place
when the "accident" happened 20
is no logical reason. The "accident" has nothing to do
with the speedboat "incident" in reality. But as Freud
once said: "Time does not exist in the unconscious." Which
means that if something is reported now, we experience it as happening
now — not 20 years ago. Especially if we see (or think we see) the
USS Vincennes actually firing the missile that will bring
down the plane. So far as the viewer is concerned, the downing of
the Iranian plane, the attack on the Cole, and Monday's "dangerous
showdown" all take place within the first 58 seconds of this
90 second clip. Such is the "magic" of television.
And such are
the "dark arts" of psychology, I might add. In an article
published just before the holidays, entitled, A
Christian Christmas in Snowy Iran, I described perhaps the darkest
of the dark arts that Pentagon psychologists regularly employ to
instill hate and fear of Iran in Americans. And that is the dark
art of classical
conditioning. Which is much in evidence here. Even down to the
timing. In keeping with best practice, the speedboat "incident,"
the airliner "accident," and the footage of the wounded
Cole all take place in less than 60 seconds. Which, from
a neuropsychological standpoint, is the precise amount of time required
to forge the strongest possible synaptic link between these three
As I explained
in my earlier article, what we think about these experiences
really does not alter their visceral effect upon us. What
the segment succeeds in doing in a purely associative manner is
to bring the word, "Iran," together with words and images
of a powerfully fear-inducing, hate-inducing kind. Like talk of
our suffering "casualties" (from an al-Qaeda attack 8
At the same
time, the segment appears to provide a "motive" for those
Arab-Iranian-al-Qaeda-speedboat-sand-devils attacking the Cole
and killing all those American sailors less than 30 seconds earlier/later.
(Order doesn't matter here.) It is clearly an act of revenge
for shooting down "their" plane.
That the attack
on the Cole was actually the work of al-Qaeda, that al-Qaeda
is truly the mortal enemy of Iran, that the attack on the Cole
took place long after the shooting down of the Iranian plane,
that Iran itself has never been charged with any act of retaliation
against the United States for that questionable "accident,"
and that the vast majority of Iranians are not even Arabs, but Indo-Europeans
— all mean nothing to most American viewers. In their media-muddled
minds, those damn Arab-Iranian-al-Qaeda-speedboat-sand-devils just
keep on "madly" attacking us and killing our servicemen.
evil Iranians!" Hank snarls at the tube: "They're a nest
of nasty hornets, Mabel! And you know what you gotta do when you
have a nest of nasty hornets after you!"
call this process “seeding”
the unconscious. As in the American "snuff" film, 300,
where hordes of subhuman Persian/Iranians ultimately "crucify"
the Greek defenders of Western "civilization."
Cole! Remember Thermopylae! The indoctrination of the American
people is relentless.
For those who
want to believe that the recent NIE
report has taken the military option against Iran "off
the table" for the rest of Bush's Presidency, it should be
duly observed that the report gets all of 3 seconds of attention
before the segment rushes on to its Hail-to-the-Decider-in-his-Marine-copter
ending. (He knows what he's gotta do!)
unbelievable "incident" of five small Iranian speedboats
threatening to "explode" three mighty American warships,
bristling with cannons and missiles, bears an eerie similarity to
the "false flag" Tonkin Gulf "incident" that
Johnson used as a pretext to launch the Vietnam War in 1964, as
summarized in this short YouTube video.