By establishing a baseline lie and painting the enemy as a monster, atrocity propaganda serves as an intelligence function, since it wastes the time and resources of the enemy's counterintelligence services to defend itself. The propagandists' goal is to influence perceptions, attitudes, opinions, and policies; often targeting officials at all levels of government. Atrocity propaganda is violent, gloomy, and portrays doom to help rile up and get the public excited. It dehumanizes the enemy, making them easier to kill. Wars have become more serious, and less gentlemanly; the enemy must now be taken into account not merely as a man, but as a fanatic.
CNN Headlines – 28 Oct thru 07 Nov, 2014.
28 Oct 2014
ISIS allegedly using poison gas
29 Oct 2014
ISIS executes 45 prisoners
30 Oct 2014
ISIS executes 400 tribesmen in 48 hours
30 Oct 2014
Yazidi Women Sold, Raped, Enslaved by ISIS
30 Oct 2014
'Treated like cattle': Yazidi women sold, raped, enslaved by ISIS
03 Nov 2014
ISIS brainwashing children into killers?
04 Nov 2014
Report: Children say ISIS captured, beat them on way home from exams
06 Nov 2014
Video shows ISIS fighters trading women
07 Nov 2014
Freed prisoners describe ISIS torture
Poison gas, executions, rape, enslaving, brainwashing children, trading women, torture. Searched BBC news, did not find similar headlines of such atrocity veracity.
Father of Spin by Larry Tye, 1998, Excerpt
The selling of America on the Persian Gulf War was a public relations triumph. Its leading man, Saddam Hussein, was cast as pure villain complete with menacing leer and malevolent mustache. It had Iraqi soldiers snatching infants from hospital incubators and leaving them on the floor to die while Iraqi helicopters hovered over Kuwait City and Iraqi tanks rolled down the streets. One detail was left out of that version of the war, however: the fact that it was crafted by one of America’s biggest public relations firm, Hill and Knowlton, in a campaign bought and paid for by rich Kuwaitis who were Saddam’s archenemies. Hill and Knowlton’s war against Iraq was hardly a PR first.
Nayirah testimony later discovered to be a fabrication.
On October 10, 1990 Nayirah was the last to testify at the Caucus. In her oral testimony, which lasted 4 minutes, she stated:
I volunteered at the al-Addan hospital with twelve other women who wanted to help as well. I was the youngest volunteer. The other women were from twenty to thirty years old. While I was there I saw the Iraqi soldiers come into the hospital with guns. They took the babies out of the incubators, took the incubators and left the children to die on the cold floor. [crying] It was horrifying.
That night, portions of the testimony aired on ABC's Nightline and NBC Nightly News reaching an estimated audience between 35 and 53 million Americans. Seven senators cited Nayirah's testimony in their speeches backing the use of force. President George Bush repeated the story at least ten times in the following weeks. Her account of the atrocities helped to stir American opinion in favor of participation in the Gulf War.
Hill & Knowlton - It is unclear how much of Nayirah's testimony was coached. Though the firm was supposed to provide only stylistic help, it was reported that H&K "provided witnesses, wrote testimony, and coached the witnesses for effectiveness."
Media Control by Noam Chomsky, 2002, Excerpts
Woodrow Wilson was elected President in 1916 on the platform “Peace Without Victory.” That was right in the middle of the World War I. The population was extremely pacifistic and saw no reason to become involved in a European war. The Wilson administration was actually committed to war and had to do something about it. They established a government propaganda commission, called the Creel Commission, which succeeded, within six months, in turning a pacifist population into a hysterical, war-mongering population which wanted to destroy everything German, tear the Germans limb from limb, go to war and save the world. There was a good deal of fabrication of atrocities by the Huns, such as Belgian babies with their arms torn off.
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