So there I was, wasting time while waiting for that little elf Jeremy to post this column, surfing around until I wandered over to Matt Drudge, and clicked on a story headlined:
AMAZON: DRUDGE SURPASSES MAJOR NEWS OUTLETS IN WEB TRAFFIC…
This took me to Alexa, the popular site-rating service, and sure enough there was good old Matt at number 8, just below Google.com and ahead of the Washington Post. Way to go, Matt! I looked down the rest of the list: USA Today, CBS News, the Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, until my gaze fixed on number 36 – Antiwar.com!
We’re just below the Chicago Tribune, beating out Time magazine, Newsday, the Associated Press, National Geographic, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and the Houston Chronicle, among others.
Wow. I’m impressed, and — believe it or not — humbled.
LewRockwell.com, always a useful site when it comes to libertarian views on politics, economics and philosophy, has a very interesting link today. It doesn’t mention the Balkans at all – in fact, it’s about French fast food. But it contains an interesting examination of corporate/government propaganda. Something to think about…
Continue reading “Power and propaganda”
I received a note from a reader yesterday about an article on the Financial Times website . Without presuming to speak about the actual contents of the article – read it and make up your own mind – the author caught my correspondent’s attention with these passages:
“It is not as if victimhood is never true. Jews are slandered and persecuted, though not very often in the US. Muslims have had a rough deal in history. But our politics too often degenerate into expressions of self-pity, which is particularly odious in the German case. The result is suspicion, hatred, and in the end vengefulness. One might call it the Kosovo Syndrome.
On St Vitus Day, 1389, much of the Serbian nobility perished in a battle with Turkish armies on the Field of Blackbirds in Kosovo. More than 600 years later, Bosnian Muslims were driven from their homes, murdered and raped in large numbers, and tortured in concentration camps. And all this because Serbs could not stop thinking of themselves as the greatest victims in history.”
Sounds like a slam-dunk ending – were it true.
Continue reading “Serbs and victimhood”
An American soldier explains his concern for Iraqi “hearts and minds” to a Western journalist:
I asked my escort Specialist Jack Craig, a military policeman from Minnesota, how he correlated the “strike first” directive with the US military’s current policy of attempting to win the “hearts and minds” of the local population.
“Actually, I see ‘hearts and minds’ as a tactical doctrine. To me, it means that’s where we should aim first,” said Craig. “Shoot them in the body or in the head, but just make sure you shoot them first.”
From his humourless expression, I presumed that he wasn’t joking.
Armstrong Williams, noted chronicler of born-again Zionism, risks provoking the ire of Abe Foxman:
Our close relationship with Israel also presents a rapid response option. During Desert Storm, Israeli forces prevented Saddam’s troops from invading Saudi Arabia and Jordan until General Schwarzkopf arrived with the Calvary [sic].