do the mass media engage in government propaganda? – 3

4 December, 2007

cholera is on the rise in iraq. according to the british newspaper the guardian,

Cholera is preventable by treating drinking water with chlorine and improving hygiene, but it is estimated that around 70 per cent of Iraqis do not have access to clean water. Many have been too poor or too afraid to go out to buy bottled water, relying instead on tap water, often from polluted sources. Companies responsible for collecting waste and sewage have been reluctant to enter Baghdad’s most violent areas.

worth repeating: companies responsible for collecting waste and sewage have been reluctant to enter baghdad’s most violent areas. violent areas? iraqis fighting amongst each others according to the us peace keepers or peace bringers, depending on the mass media myth of the day.

except, there is a precedent:

Basra attacks down 90% since British troops left

The British army says violence in Basra has fallen by 90% since it withdrew from the southern Iraqi city earlier this year.

wrote the irish independent last month: occupying forces leave the area and violence goes down. how surprising.

in other words, more likely than not, the us occupation is causing ninety percent of the violence. good reason to get out? too bad, says the us, because the independent (why does no mass media outlet point out in this context that iraq’s total dependance on the us is a grave qualifier?) government of iraq is about to request its occupiers to stay:

Iraq’s government is prepared to offer the U.S. a long-term troop presence in Iraq and preferential treatment for American investments in return for an American guarantee of long-term security including defense against internal coups

according to the associated press. between asking its occupiers to leave and reduce violence by 90 per cent (and allowing companies to resume collecting waste and sewage, amongst others) and more of the same, the independent (not; see earlier) government of iraq chooses the latter, awarding the us for its occupation with preferential treatment for its investments. go figure: no wonder us invasions are so frequent.

so: between fact and fiction, why do the mass media not connect the dots?

us could avoid cholera crisis by leaving iraq: prefers to stay in return for preferential treatment of its investments

now that would be a refreshingly truthful way of reporting.

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