Truth Is the First Casualty of War
Over two thousand years ago, the Greek writer Aeschylus said:
In war, truth is the first casualty.
That quote could be read to mean that – once a war starts – then truth goes out the window …
In reality, however, wars are often planned for political reasons (having to do with money, resources or other goals which may have nothing to do with directly protecting one’s country or people) and then false intelligence is created to “justify” the start of the war.
Britain’s MI5 intelligence service explained about the claimed justifications for the Iraq War:
The intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.
9/11 Commission Co-Chair and 34-year veteran Congressman Lee Hamilton, who served on numerous foreign affairs and intelligence committees, said:
My concern in these situations, always, is that the intelligence that you get is driven by the policy, rather than the policy being driven by the intelligence.
Or as newsman Tom Brokaw put it:
All wars are based on propaganda.
Because war not only kills, maims and displaces a lot of innocent people, but is also bad for the economyand destroys the environment (and puts out a lot of carbon dioxide), we passionately believe that people need to understand a little history so that the same mistakes are not repeated, and disastrous wars are avoided when they are not necessary to actually defend ourselves.
And because we believe that the Constitutional right to peacefully assemble and speak out is a large part of what makes us great, we will also put a spotlight on those who are trying to shut down our First Amendment rights … and how they’re doing it.
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