Re: [azsecularhumanists] making heros out of losers?? u.s. propaganda
>Yes, the quality of imperialist heroes is indeed in
>decline and the nature of the war is probably the
>From the beginning, though, I found the media and
>military's concern for Jessica Lynch a little bit
>strange. At around the same time she was captured
>(and then at around the same time she was released)
>there were television pictures of other US captives,
>including a large Black woman from Texas, none of whom
>we have heard much about. And at they time they were
>in the news but fleetingly.
>So even then, I felt that they were doing something
>with Jessica Lynch, preparing her specially for
>I suspect that part of it was just that she looked
>reasonably pretty and they thought "Aha! We have our
>poster girl!" - a role that the large Black woman
>soldier was ill fitted for (sorry for the pun).
>And it occurs to me that in this kind of war, where
>the US portrays itself as a fighter for altruistic
>causes like "democracy" and the "liberation" of the
>Arabs, etc., that the best kind of poster "hero" is
>not a Sergeant York who kills and captures lots of
>"the enemy", but a pretty little "defenseless girl"
>whom Americans, particularly males, will sympathise
>with and want to "protect."
>In other words, most Americans are luke warm about
>this war. Let's not kid ourselves. The American
>"masses" are not against the war, even though it is
>decidedly against their interests. But the "masses"
>are not for the war either. The "masses" basically
>could care less about it as long as it doesn't affect
>The monopoly imperialist media bend over backwards not
>to link lay-offs, budget cuts, unemployment, and the
>rise in crap jobs with no benefits, to the imperial
>drive for world conquest - just so people getting laid
>off or evicted from their homes don't blame
>imperialism for their problems.
>But since people don't care about the war, and since
>there's a risk that morale will sag if domestic
>problems grow (as they likely will), what US imperial
>propaganda needs is some sort of sympathetic image,
>even an "underdog" with which people can identify and
>Pretty little Jessica Lynch curled up on the floor of
>her APC as bullets whizz overhead is a classic "damsel
>in distress". She's a brilliant "hero" for the public
>relations contractors because she, more than any gung
>ho, grenade tossing, super soldier makes people in the
>US sympathise with the troops and therefore with
>America's "best intentioned" effort "over there."
>In fact it's a major part of the American imperialist
>mythos that Americans are the victims, always being
>put upon by other people, and always naively trying to
>do good for an ungrateful world. However laughable
>that might seem to victims of depleated uranium,
>carpet bombing, napalm, killer sanctions, and economic
>enslavement, this "nice guy" image is probably the
>predominant self-image that Americans have of US
>In that sense, the pretty little blonde being shot at
>by Iraqi brutes is a golden girl for Madison Avenue -
>the best possible hero one could imagine for an
>imperial establishment trying to put a pleasant face
>on its drive for global conquest.
Many thanks for your analysis and for the Iraqi