By Vince Dhimos
I recently had a chat with a retired army career man, and in the course of the conversation he volunteered that he didn’t know what the US military is fighting for. His nonchalant attitude betrayed that he figured the higher-ups must know what they are doing, even if the little people are in the dark.
When I asked him if he personally had guesses why the US fights wars, he said he thought ordinary people like us could not know.
I told him people actually can know, but unfortunately, I had not yet formulated how they could.
So the conversation ended there, probably for the better. Then I began to formulate in words why it was that I was so confident that we can know.
A good example of why Westerners should by all means know what is going on in US foreign policy is the Iran issue. Many politicians, almost all of them supporters of Israeli policies, are saying – many of them shrieking in fact – that Iran is the “biggest state supporter of terror.” We have shown before why this is not true (primarily because all major terror groups are Sunni Wahhabists, while Iran is a Shiite-majority country, and these branches of Islam are very different, hardly compatible with each other). Our exposé here shows that an absolute hysteria over Iran reigns in the US (in harmony with Israel) and that even the slightest misstep on the part of anyone even just suspected of being associated with an Iranian group will receive big headlines in the news and a reporting tone aimed at leading readers to hide their sisters and wives and nail the door shut. (Meanwhile the list of no-visa countries that Trump had drawn up for his executive order that failed to pass constitutional muster did not include Saudi Arabia, the country that had sponsored Al-Qaeda for years. Trump sees no risk in granting visas to nationals of the state sponsoring ISIS and Al-Qaeda or its spinoffs but eschews the country that fights ISIS).
You’d think just this one example, the tip of the iceberg, would lead Americans to immediately conclude that their government is up to something sinister. Yet a surprising number of Trump supporters, who have heard him warn over and over again that Iran is a threat to global peace, unquestioningly believe this tripe. A visit to the reader forum of the Breitbart site under any article on Iran will suffice to illustrate this absolute and utter trust in the Iran-as-Satan myth. The main reason for their hysteria seems to be the fact that Iran is Muslim. Yet it seems never to have occurred to most of the posters there that Saudi Arabia is also Muslim but, unlike Iran, is known to have sponsored the terror groups rampaging across the Middle East and Europe, almost all of which adhere to Wahhabism, the Saudi national cult. If you point this out, the commonest response (reflexive) is something along the lines “you’re a lying Muslim, aren’t you?”
It is terrifying to think that America could lead the world into a major war on this utterly brainless basis, but this mind-set is incredibly prevalent among Trump fans. Check it out for yourself if you have the stomach for it.
Now this all brings us back to the false notion that people “can’t know” what is going on around them and to my premise that yes, you can.
Yes you can, but it takes hard work. You don’t get to knowledge in 5 easy lessons. You don’t learn in just 6 short weeks. There is no book “Truth for Dummies,” or if there is, ignore it.
So, how can you eventually come to see behind the curtain your government, the msm, your politicians, your profs or teachers, your pastor or priest and the important people in your life have thrown up between you and the truth?
As the title above says, there are 4 things you must do, and they are not easy. Which is why most will stop reading after the title. But after all, there is no point in letting the reader think the truth is readily accessible because it is not, and as soon as many readers find out it takes a lot of work to get to it, they will quit reading anyway.
But the fact is, getting to the truth is a matter of life or death
Just consider the alternative. Not being aware of the tangled web of lies that influential people of both political parties have thrown over your mind makes you and your loved ones, your compatriots and – quite honestly – the entire world vulnerable to an unspeakable conflagration that would instantly kill and mortally wound millions of people and could create a nuclear winter over most of the earth that would cause massive death by starvation and cold. I am talking about a literal hell on earth.
Think about it for a second and you will know this part – at least – is true. Are you willing to lay down your life for a cabal of criminally minded officials whose livelihood depends on killing people just for the sake of killing – or at best to line the pockets of the military industrialists?
Now whether or not you admit it, unless you are one of the few who know what is going on, ie, who the war-makers are and what their filthy game is, your mind is in prison and you are part of the reason the US can get away with waging endless war. It is not Islam that creates wars (the Shiite world is fighting ISIS), it is people in black suits with briefcases, to quote Vladimir Putin.
The analogy of a prisoner is accurate. You are exactly like a person sentenced to life in prison.
And what would a lifer do to escape? Anything, no matter how difficult.
According to smithsonian.com, one of the greatest prison escapes of all time was accomplished by a team of 12 lifers including the infamous Willie Sutton, by the following excruciatingly difficult method:
“Working in two-man teams of 30 minute shifts, the tunnel crew, using spoons and flattened cans as shovels and picks, slowly dug a 31-inch opening through the wall of cell 68, then dug twelve feet straight down into the ground, and another 100 feet out beyond the walls of the prison. They removed dirt by concealing it in their pockets and scattering it in the yard…”
Now you have to really really want to be free to subject yourself to this kind of pain. But people who know they are captive will not hesitate to whatever it takes.
Now the first thing you have to do is something apart from the 4 steps and this is to be fully aware that your mind is in prison and that you must escape to save your life. By that I mean to live a life of dignity worthy of a human being and not a cud-chewing cow and in such a way that you can help others escape their enslavement. Only in that way can you and others be happy. What is happiness? Happiness is finding the truth and helping others to find it. Intuitively we know that being a mind-slave could not possibly be the way to happiness.
Now, with that realization, there are 4 things that you must do to free yourself, and they are difficult but not as boring as digging with a spoon.
1. You must find the source of the information needed to find the truth. This means painstakingly examining numerous sources and deciding which ones are the most reliable and the most likely to lead you out of your captivity. This step is fraught with pitfalls. Many seekers find themselves caught up in hokus-pokus theories that common sense should tell them could not hold water. For example, there was the famous Y2K theory that all the computers in the world would suddenly stop working in the year 2000. This was based on the theory that computers were only designed to register the date up to that year and would not be able to function after that. There was no scientific basis for this and besides, common sense tells us that computer designers are smart and would certainly not design their machines to operate only until the end of the 20th Century. The year 2000 came and went and this theory fell by the wayside. There was also the hare-brained theory, promulgated by pseudo-Christian web sites like WND, that the unusual confluence of so-called “blood moons,” an astronomical phenomenon relating to lunar eclipses, which was expcted at a certain time in the last few years, predicted a calamity on a certain date, now long past. Nothing like that happened. Anyone with a lick of sense knew that God did not inspire the Bible authors to engage in silly games resembling black magic but rather as a moral guide for our relationships with God and other humans.This silly game playing is, BTW, akin to the misinterpretation of the Bible that led to “Christian” Zionism, as explained here.
In other words, avoid hokus-pokus and look for serious sources that reference provable things and appear not to be motivated by the desire for personal gain, and appear unbiased.
2. Now, assuming you have found sources you believe are accurate and honest, the next step is to study them really really hard for factual content. This by the way is a lifetime task. If you at any time believe you have reached The Truth, you are just kidding yourself. The ultimate truth is like the wind. Once you have captured it in a jar, it ceases to be the wind.
I must admit I learn things from my readers, sometimes by finding out that I was wrong but also by devising cogent arguments and analogies to help them understand concepts. So far I have been wrong only about minor details, but we are all always prone to fall into a major pitfall. It can happen to me too. Read as much history as you can, especially alternate historians. In fact, mainstream historians are often worthless in our quest for truth because their conclusions are generally based on a kind of political correctness, not on objective conclusions drawn from the facts. Use one source to lead to another. Read about economics and about other cultures and religions. Learn a non-Western language, preferably Russian, and go to news sites in that language. This will give you the opportunity to liberate yourself from the Western bias, which is designed to lead to war and is generally anti-Russian to the point of racism. You will be surprised to find out that some of your pet theories were bunk.
3. As you study, look for patterns that can lead to important conclusions. At this stage, you are up against further pitfalls in the form of bias. Never base a conclusion on anything but facts, certainly not on something other people have said or written. Read what they say but always questioning, in the back of your mind “yes, but...” People on the left, the libertarian and the right are easily swayed by what other people of their persuasion say or write. If you have a left-leaning bias, read things written by people on the right and vice-versa and also listen to the factual content of libertarian thinkers. But pay little attention to the viewpoints of the left or right. Just read for facts. Accept no ideologies. Ideologies do not solve problems, they create them. Read Putin’s speeches to understand how people who are guided by common sense and are free of ideology think. The natural tendency to let others impose their conclusions on us is the most dangerous pitfall of all. It is a killer of objectivity.
4. Draw conclusions, but only from the facts. Reagan said “trust but verify.” The Italians have a proverb that beats that. To trust is good, to mistrust is better (fidare è bene, non fidare è meglio).