Glenn Greenwald: “USSR is evil empire of unprecedented threat —> Al Qaeda is unparalleled evil, makes USSR seem mild –> ISIS makes AQ seem mild, etc. etc.”
“The question at the heart of this whole story is – Who was the ventriloquist? And who was the dummy?
Maybe we were the dummy? By allowing perception management with its simplifications, falsehoods and exaggerations to create a simplified vision of the world – we fell into a fake universe of certainty when really we were just watching a pantomime.
And now as the Arab Spring unfolds and reveals the true chaos and messiness of the real world – above all the horror of what is happening in Syria – we find ourselves completely unable to understand it or even know what to do. So those stories get ignored while we follow others with clearer and more simplified dramas which have what seem to be obvious goodies and baddies – thank god for Iran, North Korea and Jimmy Savile.” —from He’s Behind You, by Adam Curtis