Reprinted from RT
History has long shown that fear is the currency of rule by tyrants. Get the people to fear some external enemy and then you can command their submission to any form of control -- because it's for their "protection."
Organized crime calls it a "protection racket"; colonial powers called it "protectorates"; and modern Western supposed democracies claim it is in the name of "state security."
In many ways it constitutes a risible ruse that should be easily seen through for the farce that it is. But the otherwise unbelievable farce is given a facade of plausibility, credibility and normality due to the immense conditioning power of the Western news media.
That, by the way, is why alternative new outlets are so vilified by Western powers because they dispel the fiction in a way that exposes the fiction-tellers as the dupes, liars and charlatans that they are.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov this week pointed out the absurdity of Washington and its NATO allies hyping the "myth of Russia's threat" to Europe. Particularly insulting to ordinary decent human intelligence is the claim put out by Western countries that "Russia is planning to use nuclear weapons to intimidate Sweden and the Baltic countries."
As ever, Washington and its NATO allies do not present evidence to support their far-fetched claims. Tendentious assertions are simply turned into "facts" by force of repetition and dissemination, and sheer double think, as illustrated by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg making the bizarre statement that the military alliance is not posing a threat to Russia.
The fear factor in this case works to subdue public criticism in NATO countries of their governments piling up more military firepower around Russia's borders. This week, the American Pentagon announces plans to increase its military spending in Europe fourfold to $3.4 billion, purportedly to "deter Russia's threat." Not only is this expenditure depriving American people of needed public services, such as clean drinking water, it is actually a deeply provocative act of aggression towards Russia.
But the trick tends to work, with apparent public consent, because it is all done in the name of "protecting us" from "evil Russians."
The same goes for implementing state emergency powers in France this week and the long-established post 9/11 so-called Patriot legislation in the US, giving the authorities license to erode civil liberties.
The US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told Congress this week that the country is facing a major attack this year from the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIL/ ISIS) terror group. CNN's Wolf Blitzer described Clapper's presentation as "a sober assessment" thus giving it a veneer of substance. But in reality all that the intelligence (sic) chief said was that there were thousands of ISIS cadres in 40 different countries. How this presents a clear and imminent security danger to the US is not evidenced, but no doubt it will serve to maintain, if not extend, federal police powers against their own citizens.
And, of course, CNN or any other Western corporate media outlet would never question or probe the origins of ISIS and other Al Qaeda-linked terror networks as a willful creation of American, British, French, Saudi and Turkish state intelligence.
In the same Congress briefing, the US disinformation chief also gave a grim assessment of North Korea producing plutonium for nuclear weapons. Clapper said with apparent gravity that the secretive authoritarian state is "making steps towards developing intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) which could target the United States." And, dutifully, the Western news media amplify those words in order to give them credibility and ominousness.
A BBC World news ticker read: "North Korea close to having bomb." Funnily enough, the very next ticker headline read:"Andy Murray's wife has a baby."
So you see, not only are vacuous claims about the alleged threat from North Korea transformed into a seemingly serious fact, the issue is also given a sense of normalcy and banality by mixing it up with news on a tennis player's family.