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The lies of the warlords

In this text, John Pilger writes of a "Faustian pact" between war-wielding elites who diminish the dangers of Western, modern fascism – well helped by propaganda disguised as news.

When the 70 anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was marked a short time ago, we were reminded of the great crime of fascism, with the Nazi iconography clearly present in the consciousness. Fascism is preserved as history, as flickering images of black march shirts, in frightening and clear reminder of the movement's criminal nature. But in the same liberal societies, where the war-ravaged elites urge us never to forget, the increasing danger of a modern form of fascism is diminished – for it is their fascism.

"Starting an attack war," said the Nuremberg court's 1946 judges, "is not only an international crime, it is the largest of all international crimes as it carries with it the accumulated evil."
Had the Nazis not invaded Europe, it would have been something Auschwitz and the Holocaust. Had the United States and their militants not begun their war in Iraq in 2003, nearly a million people would have been alive today, and the Islamic State, or ISIS, would not have enslaved us with its cruelty. They are the results of a modern fascism we have come to expect through the bombs, massacres and lies that make up the absurd theater we call news.
Like fascism in the 1930s and 1940s, heavy lies are delivered with the precision of a metronome, thanks to the ubiquitous and repetitive media that carry out its censorship through omissions. Take for example the disaster in Libya.
In 2011, NATO carried out 9700 attacks. . .

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pilger@nytid.no
Pilger is an award-winning journalist and author with a number of honorary doctorates from universities around the world.

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