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Decades of Hollywood propaganda have successfully imbedded the image of the Arab male as a swarthy, foaming at the mouth, sneaky, America hating savage and therefore the image is all too easily conjured forth whenever the government decides that it becomes necessary to use as a tool for manufacturing consent. The relatively new slogan of 'Islamofascism' serves to perfectly illustrate this strategy. I came across a very interesting little book called American Terminator awhile back that examines the affects of movies in shaping and reinforcing the basis for a mythical American exceptionalism and its desire for empire. The following passage is from that book which I strongly recommend to everybody with an interest in just how celluloid serves as a delivery device that is very useful in the indoctrination process.

Fear is essential: ‘Be afraid, be very afraid’ is the American condition. To live in America is to be beset by fear, anxiety and insecurity, to be surrounded by potential harm, enemies and evil intent. And the wolf is always at the door. A nation of optimists is the more usual self-representation of America. Repetitively, Hollywood films conclude with a resolution, a rescue, and the winners ride off into the sunset or snuggle into a warm embrace that reassures us they will live happily ever after. The formulaic ending, however, is necessary because the plot, the narrative, is founded on and propelled by fear and anxiety, the dark essential underpinning of the American condition. For America fear is an original, natural condition, the inescapable birth rite (and birth right), the inherited condition of a fragile existence that must constantly be defended. Without fear there is no America; constant recourse to fear is the motivating force that determines its actions and reactions.

That was until 9/11 and the brain freezing FEAR of potential terrorism in the USA became their ultimate talisman. Rove role model Herman Goering had it absolutely correct when he famously said:

“Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country”
And the public of course always buys it, pissing down their legs and practically screaming “please….take my freedom” at the Bush-Cheney junta who are only too happy to comply as Americans meekly snivel their consent to be subjugated in the name of the never ending phony Orwellian War On Terror.
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Some very fearsome potential Islamic militants were busted Tuesday as they allegedly planned to storm the gates at Fort Dix and a very terrible bunch that they were starting with the pizza dude:

The defendants, all men in their 20s from the former Yugoslavia and the Middle East, include a pizza deliveryman suspected of using his job to scout out the military base.

Be afwaid, be vewwwy, vewwwy afwaid….because such geniuses at recon, covert surveillance and black ops were so brilliant that they took their home video footage of 'preparation drills' to a f*cking convenience store:

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Six foreign-born Muslims were arrested and accused Tuesday of plotting to attack the Army's Fort Dix and massacre scores of U.S. soldiers -- a plot the FBI says was foiled when the men took a video of themselves firing assault weapons to a store to have the footage put onto a DVD.

My f*cking God! Can’t the propagandists do any better than this lame assed bullshit? I mean any respectable law enforcement officers would be f*cking ashamed at touting such an obviously bogus bust of a bunch of borderline retards. But even as a hardened cynic perhaps I give these people too much credit, after all they rolled out Richard Reid the ‘shoe bomber’ and the loony tunes basket case Zacarrias Moussaoui as the hijackers for a fifth plane on that glorious fascism enabling morning of 9/11/01 who were foiled before flying a suicide mission into the White House. A reach? Cheech and Chong would have had a better chance of success than those two freaks – although I am sure that there are many Bush bootlicker Repugs up for reelection and having to shill for a man whose approval rating is hovering around 28 % on a good day who now privately wish that such a decapitation strike would have been a success as their political careers are now tied to the ongoing stimulation of a rapidly decreasing number of retrograde morons whose literacy prowess is limited to arcane translations of ONE book only or at least the only one that they own that they haven’t already colored in.

If our Army can’t make short work of a half dozen pathetic freaks on their home turf then we are fucked far worse in Iraq that even the most pessimistic of doomsayers have been unable to imagine so far. On any given day there are hundreds if not thousands of potential terrorist plots that show up on the threat matrix – very convenient that the big bust comes on the same day that the announcement that 35,000 more troops are getting shipped off to join the ‘surge’.

And of course the internet is being blamed already for whipping the alleged jihadists into a frenzy – if it’s not a 'child pornography' crackdown that is being used as an excuse for massive government censorship of the only place where there still exists a free flow of information in this sorry husk of a once great country (before the Bushists got ahold of it) it’s the old canard that enemies of America lurk in the darkest corners of every chat room. I might add that in the case of Republican pedophiles trolling for young boys (or in rare instances young girls) to lure into unspeakable acts of perversion that it’s at least partially true – the right-wing scum is the biggest threat to America and the very concept of human decency that has EVER existed in my lifetime.

The usual fifth columnist scum on FOX and hate radio will be all over this – “THEY’RE ALREADY HERE!!!” will top the Republican talking points for days to come. The screaming shithacks were dropping cluster bombs of vitriol and decrying everybody but their own shadows over this latest existential threat to the heimat.
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But strangely (or maybe not so) absent in the pathetic pocket media was the recent domestic terrorist plot to detonate a nail packed homemade bomb at an Austin, TX abortion clinic. But why offend the Randall Terry/Eric Rudolph fan club - especially when the fears and loathing of the unwashed masses of the lumpen Republican rubber fetus waving dead enders of the base will have to be nurtured for next year's election if the kingdom come of a theocratic crusader state is to have any chance of continuing to grow like the rapidly metastasizing cancer on the body politic that it has been for the last quarter century.


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Donn Marten is a free lance writer and consultant who resides in West Central Florida.

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