The Western media have lost the plot in Syria

It is extraordinary to look back at Western Cold War propaganda; the scaremongering posters and films in which America is under attack from a vast alien force abroad and undercover agents at home. Very few intelligent people today would accept this propaganda as an accurate representation of reality. It is easy to see in hindsight that much Cold War propaganda was designed to create a climate of fear domestically and drum up support for overseas militarism.

  • simus1

    Just as today we are supposedly being attacked by Globull Warming and various other made up horrible manifestations of evil designed to panic the gullible.
    Plus ça change (plus c’est la même chose).

    • Check out disinformation and “Nuclear Winter” global cooling theory — the opposite of global warming. The Nuclear Winter was disinformation produced by the former KGB in the 1980’s and disseminated to Western environmentalists in order to get protesters to stop the Pershing II missile program.

      I think Global Warming theory could have a similar origin in foreign government disinformation. Most likely an oil rich Arab State, or even possibly the Russians again, who are one of the largest oil producers in the world. Again feeding the disinformation to Western environmental protesters, in order to stop our oil production so the West remains dependent on oil from the East.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    ‘It is easy to see in hindsight that much Cold War propaganda was designed to create a climate of fear domestically and drum up support for overseas militarism.’
    But we were under a real threat and there were secret agents in our midst.
    And, for example, the Korean war gave us South Korea so overseas militarism resulted in some good things.

    • El Martyachi
      • dance…dancetotheradio

        There’s a lot of blank spaces.
        Are those bits redacted?
        Also, I did not know the Korean War got the Soviets to hesitate.

        • El Martyachi


    • Exactly. I would call it “counter-propaganda”. The Soviets had entire departments dedicated to propaganda — we had to counter it somehow. And the KGB had programs dedicated to disinformation — “dezinformatsiya”. One of the most notable was the so-called “Nuclear Winter”, which after the collapse of the Soviet Union was unmasked in declassified KGB docs. Turns out that the “Nuclear Winter” global climate change theory was entirely fabricated by KGB disinformation specialists and fed to Western environmentalists. The purpose was to manipulate environmental protesters to put a stop to the Pershing II missile program.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I remember the Nuclear Winter Theory.
        Seems the environmentalists had to find new sources of revenue after their Soviet underwriters scarpered.
        Giving rise to the modern climate change movement.
        It’s why they seem so irrational to me, they didn’t exist when I was a kid.
        In fact, they feared a new ice age.

  • canminuteman

    Oh please what a load of bollocks. What ever cold war propaganda this person is referring to came nowhere near the truth about what the Soviets were up to. All the “peace groups” in the west like the “campaign for nuclear disarmament” were run by Moscow. Our governments were rife with communist sympathisers taking orders from Moscow. The irony of it is that Moscow eventually saw them off and we are now stuck with them,

    • El Martyachi

      I’ll go one further. Those groups you describe were entirely homegrown. They temporarily allied with Moscow and we’re stuck with them now not because Moscow saw them off, but because “they” are us.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I’m amazed after all these years that “they” lose the goddamned wars and somehow like woodticks they insinuate themselves into our lives.

        • El Martyachi

          … used to be mainly red diaper babies that were.. uh.. problematic. They’re fuckin everywhere now.