Ignorance Is BlissI had been helping my son to understand the impact of the United States on Central and South America by researching news items and printing them for him. While doing so I came across something called Operation Condor in two recent news items, and I had never heard of it. The two news articles:
Kissinger's extradition to Uruguay sought over Operation Condor at Yahoo News
Argentine military warned Brazil, Chile of 76 coup at the Washington Post
So there is this huge conspiracy with US support for repressive right-wing military dictatorships in South America that I have never heard anything about? Oh I have heard about the School of Americas which trained these murderous regimes, and I heard that there may have been some CIA support for the overthrow Allende in Chile, but it's like hearing whispered rumors. When you hear whispered rumors you assume that there may be truth to the rumors, but no concrete facts to back them up. That is what blew my mind when reading about Operation Condor. There are concrete facts to back it up, but our media and educational system will not tell us about it, they prefer for it to be perceived as rumors and conspiracy theory.
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
This world is upside down. No, this is not a new discovery. But it is amazing to me to continue to discover just how deep and wide it is. I had to go digging for news about South America to find those two articles, when this is the kind of news that should be screaming all over ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and MSNBC. It should be front page in our national newpapers and news magazines. It should be featured programing on the History Channel, Biography Channel, Military Channel, and other cable channels dedicated to documentary and history. It should be taught in the schools. Instead, do you know what I am knowledgeable about? I can tell you all about Anna Nicole Smith. I have the news on for at least an hour each morning and usually for several hours a day. I should be able to have a conversation about real news with anyone, but all I am prepared for is a discussion of fluff. As sad and tragic as the stories about Anna Nicole's life and death are for her family and friends, it is not national news, it is not relevant in most people's lives. It is no more sad or tragic than the many other people who lose their lives in their prime across America and around the world. If I am interested in Anna Nicole I should have to expend some effort to dig out news about her life and death, while being inundated with news about world events, politics, the workings of our government, how those workings affect people in the US, how those workings affect people in Africa, Asia, South America, Europe, etc. Instead I get fluff and propaganda, and I have to dig for legitimate news. Upside down.
What is really sad is that this could have also been covered by mainstream liberal and progressive blogs and websites. It's not and it won't be. Our lives are much more comfortable believing in lies and propaganda. There is only so far some are willing to go in learning the truth. The reality based community? Not so much. I was thinking about "The Matrix" when Morpheus offers the red pill (truth) and the blue pill (safety, comfort, habit) to Neo. Conservatives one and all would take the blue pill. Liberals would nibble or lick the red pill before taking the blue pill. Just raise any idea that 9/11 might have been allowed to happen or an inside job and see how fast you get shut down. The government has been so good at lying and covering up 9/11 that I don't know how anyone can conclude what is true and what is false. But these liberals, "Oh noes! It can only be incompetence! Don't say anything else!" *covering ears* "LA LA LA LA LA LA!" And these are the people aware of PNAC. Ignorance really is bliss.