Saturday, June 03, 2017

Revisionism and visionism

This is the most interesting thing I've read in some time:  "Staircase History and the Subprime Morality of the Nanking Massacre".

Chang offed herself in 2004.

Victimology as propaganda.  It's ubiquitous!  And a prime example of primitive thinking (we entered the modern era when the state, not the victims, became the aggrieved party in criminal proceedings, and victim-worshipping is ruining that progress).  I note how we're supposed to back off from the Seth Rich murder as the parents, sacred victims, are butthurt.

The idea that the Japanese are peculiarly/uniquely monstrous matched up well with western war propaganda which persists to this day (see also, Germans).  Maybe they are, but it is worth considering the role of PR/propaganda.

A modern classic:  "The Rohingya Psyops: Waging Covert War on Myanmar".  "PM, MPs to meet with Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi in Canada next week".  Another complicated one (note how the Canadian government bought into the American propaganda on Myanmar, and now come the complexities).  There is discussion around wondering why ISIS/CIA isn't in such an obvious place as Myanmar (note).

"Terrorist Infighting: Notorious Saudi Cleric Expelled from Town in Syria".  Getting all clerics paid by the Saudis permanently expelled from all western - and other - countries must be Job #1!  For too long, western politicians have been taking Saudi offers to build mosques and community centres and pay for everything as a good thing.  Free money!  No, it is definitely not free.

I like to think that conspiracy theory is the idea that things are complicated.  People like, crave, simple.  Alternative narratives are cognitively annoying.
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