Canada's Propaganda Pervades War, Politics

Posted on Monday, November 21 at 10:21 by jensonj
The clever exhibition title is obviously a play on the current catchphrase and persistent U.S. government's "rationale" for the war in Iraq, namely: weapons of mass destruction. This theme, probably unintentionally, also foretells of an impending federal election in Canada. Keeping with tradition, political propaganda will undoubtedly inundate Canadians with public relations "spin," outright lies, half-truths, sins-left-unsaid, dubious claims, and outrageous promises. Retrospectively, propaganda in times of war may be claimed as worthy and legitimate, especially if you are on the winning side as Canada was in World War I and II. There is also the adage that propaganda is most effective if it is repeated often. As Joseph Goebbels, one of Hitler's hit men, said: "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it." Such unfounded belief led to the slaughter of millions of Europe's Jews. More recently, such belief has led to the starvation and unnecessary deaths of many North Koreans. Repetition becoming "truth" is also obviously what U.S. President George W. Bush had in mind when he said: "See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda." Truth? Maybe President Bush should take a hint from a fellow American Noam Chomsky, the activist, writer and philosopher. The way Chomsky put it is blunt but insightful: "Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state." The War Museum's exhibit on propaganda shows, through the use of powerful words and imagery in posters, radio, films and print advertising, how citizens around the world were encouraged during wars to make sacrifices, to support "our boys on the front," to enlist and hasten victory. [Editors note, I included a couple of images in this story for effect, which we don't normally do. They are small, but if any dialup users have problems, let me know and I'll remove them. Otherwise, hope you like them! Dr.C] [Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on November 21, 2005]

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