The Pentagon reported early in 2007 that of the 1.6 million military personnel deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, 38 percent of Army and fully half of National Guard service members have been diagnosed with mental illness.
PBS's 2007 propaganda assault, "America At a Crossroads," provides clear evidence of how the minds of American soldiers and American citizens are being deliberately driven insane by the Bush junta and its controllers.
I use the word "insane" 1 purposely to refer to the inability to distinguish between right and wrong, between truth and lies, and between objective reporting and propaganda.
Christopher Lohse, a social work master's student at Southern Connecticut State University, proved what many progressives had suspected for years: a direct link between mental illness and support for President Bush. Lohse surveyed 69 psychiatric outpatients in three Connecticut locations during the 2004 presidential election. Lohse's study, backed by SCSU Psychology professor Jaak Rakfeldt and statistician Misty Ginacola, found a correlation between the severity of a person's psychosis and their preferences for president: The more psychotic the voter, the more likely they were to vote for Bush. "Our study shows that psychotic patients prefer an authoritative leader," Lohse explained. "If your world is very mixed up, there's something very comforting about someone telling you, 'This is how it's going to be.'"
The thought that a government would purposely obliterate the minds of its citizens may sound extreme. But if you honestly examine what's happening, you'll discover the American mind is systematically being vitiated--because mentally impaired persons are much easier to manipulate and control. And, unfortunately, a large number of Americans are already so intellectually diminished that they're unaware of how their minds are being deranged.
A close study of what's happening in Iraq and Afghanistan reveals the diabolical tactics used to destroy the minds of American soldiers. There simply is NO overall strategy pursued which provides even a slight modicum of personal security. Each day, American soldiers go out to a totally deadly situation where they're as likely to get killed as not. They might as well have a bullseye painted on their uniforms, as they provide easy moving targets for insurgents whose mission in life is to kill American soldiers. The human mind simply cannot retain its sanity in such a deadly environment.
The capitalist cabal is using a number of tactics to drive American soldiers--and civilians--insane: incapable of telling right from wrong, truth from lies, embracing suicidal ideas and actions.
They've created a false reality in which Saddam Hussein did have ties to Al Qaeda and did possess weapons of mass destruction (Bush, Cheney, and their neo-con supporters continued to tell these lies repeatedly)
American soldiers are being deliberately lied to:
That the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are bringing democracy to these countries
That the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan did not create the insurgencies
That the purpose is to defend America, not secure Iraq's oil for American corporations
That the wars are a struggle against terrorism, not for war profiteering by cabal supporters
They "get away with murder"--do whatever they want to without any possibility of facing consequences: stealing elections through coup d'etats, destroy Constitutional rights in the name of security, spy on Americans, out CIA agents, turn the Department of Justice into a purely political agency, etc.
They manipulate most people's minds by controlling what ideas are disseminated--because they own the major communication outlets: TV, newspapers, publishing
Illustrations from the Propaganda Shell Game: "America At a Crossroads"
Lieutenant Colonel Ross Brown graduated from West Point in 1987 and commanded “Thunder” squadron of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Baghdad during 2005 and 2006. Brown was a first-time squadron commander who had never led soldiers in combat. At the beginning of his tour, he said, he studied reports on insurgency. But by the end, oppressed by the overwhelming weight of responsibility for those soldiers who lost their lives in his command, he had reverted to an almost infantile state where he tried to escape by reading Harry Potter books. By October of 2005, his unit was the most attacked unit in Iraq. His mind will never be the same.
Other soldiers victimized in PBS's propaganda scam told the same story of trying desperately not to feel, just find the most mind-numbing way to escape into oblivion--even if it's only repeatedly tossing a rock on your tent and letting it roll to the ground. One victim of this mind torture explained that he had finally
achieved a mental deadness which had persisted after he returned to the States.
Along with the heartbreak of seeing these young men and women deliberately thrust into psychologically unbearable situations of unending fatal danger, it's clear that early in their lives they drank the kool-aid of 200% American jingoism. Their indoctrination in the military adds to this a mindless camaraderie. Their minds have been so deeply degraded by a lack of a true education that would have taught them to think for themselves that they spend their time in Iraq running away from any kind of thinking or moral judgment whatsoever.
"Comradeship can become the means for the most terrible dehumanization--and it has become just that in the hands of the Nazis. They have drowned the Germans, who thirst after it, in this alcohol to the point of delirium tremens. They have made all Germans everywhere into comrades, and accustomed them to this narcotic from their earliest age: in the Hitler youth, the SA, the Reichswehr, in thousands of camps and clubs--and in doing this they have driven out something irreplaceable that cannot be compensated for by any amount of happiness.
"Comradeship is part of war. Like alcohol, it is one of the great comforters and helpers for people who have to live under unbearable, inhuman conditions. It makes the intolerable tolerable. It helps us cope with filth, calamity, and death. It anesthetizes us. It comforts us from the loss of all the amenities of civilization. Indeed, that loss is one of its preconditions. It receives its justification from bitter necessities and terrible sacrifices. If it is separated from these, if it is exercised only for pleasure and intoxication, for its own sake, it becomes a vice. It makes no difference that it brings a certain happiness. It corrupts and depraves men like no alcohol or opium. It makes them unfit for normal, responsible, civilian life. Indeed it is, at bottom, an instrument of decivilization. The general promiscuous comradeship to which the Nazis have seduced the Germans has debased this nation as nothing else could."
Sebastian Haffner, Defying Hitler, 2000, the first-hand account of a German man who was forced to participate in a Nazi training group in the late 1930s
Plato to the Rescue
The essence of Plato's philosophy was an ongoing battle against exactly the same kind of deadly, twisted, unreal, counterfeit world that we presently face. Philosophy--the search for wisdom and truth--arises out of the resistance of the mind and the soul to their destruction by a perverted world. The situation Plato faced--and we now face--is the life-or-death of our very being.
"To be deceived or uninformed in the soul about true being means that 'the lie itself' has taken possession of 'the highest part of himself' and steeped it into 'ignorance of the soul.'"
Plato, Gorgias (382a-b)
Not working to discover the truth and not having reasoned opinions about what's happening in the world is a way of being complicit in the tyranny that's going on and allowing ourselves to be driven insane by deranged despots. The most extreme form of insanity is entering into complicity with a diabolical group and allowing yourself to be murdered in their unjust war.
Most Americans are unaware that public agencies like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) have been totally co-opted by forces of oppression--as their propaganda con games reveal.
CPB gives no hint that Americans are seeing through the deadly attempts to destroy their minds. Fortunately, many American military personnel are also waking up.
CPB and other propaganda rackets are so ham-fisted in their indoctrination efforts that more and more people are seeing through their subterfuge. For example, it was easily apparent to television viewers that CPB's featuring Richard Perle, a despicable, Neanderthal conservative in one segment of its program, proved that it has no journalistic integrity whatsoever. Allowing Perle to preach his lies with a straight face--with no genuine countervailing opinions being offered (you certainly can't suppose that Richard Holbrooke is anything but sympathetic to the cabal)--gives the lie to the entire series.
Beginning with Korea and Vietnam, the American ruling elite has attempted to drive Americans--including military personnel--into the insanity of being incapable of seeing through their lies, their wars, their world domination plots, and their corruption.
However, some Americans have always seen through their mumbo-jumbo and avoided mental degradation, often through the means of insightful, progressive literature. With the Iraq war veterans, the cabal is attempting a diabolical trick: encouraging totally non-literary ex-soldiers to swallow the lie that meaningless, senseless blather constitutes a legitimate literature of the Iraq war experience.
The lie that gives this swindle away is that all the counterfeit literature is a grand celebration of the war--there's no disagreement whatsoever. The fake authors' total lack of insight into the deception of the Bush junta--especially its Iraq war fiasco--proves that this is a huge con game. Operation Homecoming ought better to be titled: Operation Mind-F***.
The international cabal is trying to drive everyone--military and civilian alike--insane with their diabolical schemes. Their madness has the distinct odor of monstrous Catch 22s. Two examples:
From the novel Catch-22
"There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle."
Joseph Heller, Catch-22, 1961
1. In a change to Army tactics, U.S. soldiers will stand and fight instead of shooting and pressing on when their convoys are attacked on Iraqi roads, according to the Army's Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Monroe, Va.
The change is part of Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker's underlying philosophy of a more rigorous response to attacks, a spokesman said.
[Thanks to Schoomaker, now every resistance soldier and every resistance commander in Iraq will know exactly what tactics to adopt to set up even more elaborate and lethal concealed attacks on supply convoys.
[Unless and until Schoomaker personally decides to start going on convoy runs, the best response to this new idiocy is to treat the "change" like dogshit stuck on a boot. Wipe it off. Leave it behind. Having done so, refuse to pay the slightest future attention to it. Do not stop until well away. Survive the latest idiocy from Rumsfeld’s incompetent ass-kissing rat. It’s probably Rumsfeld who thought up this insane “change” to begin with.]
Mideast Stars and Stripes, 3.31.06
2. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is caught is a classic Catch-22: If he wants to survive politically he has to pass an oil law that robs his people of their oil wealth. If he doesn't pass the oil law, he's out of a job--possibly through a military coup d'etat.
We cannot be complacent about the cabal's attempt to drive us all mad: the struggle for reason and justice is our true, eternal warfare. Along with the transcendent armaments of Perennialist teachers such as Plato, one of our best defenses against this onslaught on our sanity is insightful, often humorous literature.
"I can't believe that!" said Alice.
"Can't you?" the Queen said in a pitying tone. "Try again: draw a long breath, and shut your eyes."
Alice laughed. "There's no use trying," she said: "one can't believe impossible things."
"I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was your age I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast..."