OpenThread:Lessons from My Lai - pacify American perception by prosecuting Assange

The maxim embraced by holders of power in governments throughout history is, "What they don't know, won't hurt you."

The author of My Lai, WikiLeaks and the Pacification of Perception begs the question,

From My Lai to WikiLeaks, America's individualistic and nationalistic perceptions of the world and humanity has always been one of turning away, as if everything was normal. But was/is it?

 

EXCERPT: ...But instead of describing how a company of soldiers went into the hamlet of My Lai 4, in Quang Ngai province and brutally raped and murdered over five hundred Vietnamese women, children and elderly men, it might be more conducive at this point in the history of the American Empire to discuss the pacification of "perception" in America, especially in reference to WikiLeaks. It is well known and documented that since the end of World War II and during the Cold War, U.S. national security and its interests have not only monopolized news and information, but it has pacified perception. By perception, I mean the ability and opportunity to acquire information and experience reality from surrounding environments or a given situation.

The publics perception, or how it observes, discerns, and then mentally interprets and judges certain events and their meaning, is really the core debate between WikiLeaks and the U.S. Government. It is also the reason the U.S. Government wants to extradite Julian Assange and to put him on trial for releasing information about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and other areas throughout the world. But the rigid control and monopolization over perception was the reason most Americans did not know that large areas in South Vietnam were declared "free fire zones," which meant that all person remaining within them-civilians, old people, children-were considered an enemy, and bombs were dropped at will.(1) It was also why Americans were unaware of "Operation Phoenix" that executed at least twenty thousand civilians in Vietnam suspected to be Communists.(2) Still, it was the reason Americans did not pay attention to "pacification programs."

Because of an extremely selective and internalized perception, no one knew-at least in America-how many hamlets in Vietnam were pacified and eradicated. (Since I served with several Vietnam veterans while in the military, they told me that there were many My Lais.) In some cases, pacification meant the complete security, or subjugation, of an area controlled and dominated by U.S. forces and culture. This was implemented through either militarizing or policing and training local male recruits in the countryside, or through political, economic and social propaganda campaigns. It was also done through moving and resettling them into what was called "strategic hamlets." When this failed, or when the Vietnamese sought their own freedom and sovereignty, psychological warfare and even starvation and terror were used. Although some economic goods were supplied to the Vietnamese, along with schools and infirmaries and funds for local development projects, the prerequisites and goals of pacification were always security and loyalty, or allegiance to the United States and its military power.

Are you pacified enough yet or is it time for more reality TV!?

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