Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The art of lying/UN Style

BRT doesn't do politics very often but when the lies are particularly egregious, silence cannot be maintained. To whit.

Just as Colin Powell lied about the weapons of mass destruction 12 years ago at the UN, we now have Netanyahu doing the same thing regarding Iran but this time, Mossad, the Israeli secret service, blows the whistle on the lies Netanyahu was foisting upon the world in 2012.

It was only after the second US invasion of Iraq (not to be confused with Obama's third) that we learned that not only did Saddam not have WMDs, but that the whole invasion was merely a pretext for the US to gain control of yet another middle-eastern regime and one of the largest producers of crude oil at the time. What was also revealed as the NYT Examiner reported is "how easily truth becomes irrelevant in the process of going to war."We know this because earlier today, in another historic Snowden-type whistleblower leak - one of the biggest such spy leaks in recent times - in which of hundreds of dossiers, files and cables from the world’s major intelligence services including Mossad were unveiled by the Guardian and al-Jazeera (yes, the leakers trusted al-Jazeera more than any US media outlet), it was revealed that Binyamin Netanyahu’s dramatic declaration to world leaders was contradicted by his own secret service, according to a top-secret Mossad document.

As the Guardian, one of the two leak outlets reports, in a secret report shared with South Africa a few weeks later, Israel’s intelligence agency concluded that Iran was “not performing the activity necessary to produce weapons”. The report highlights the gulf between the public claims and rhetoric of top Israeli politicians and the assessments of Israel’s military and intelligence establishment.

I, for one, can't wait for Netanyahu to make his grand appearance in front of the joint houses of Congress at the invitation of the esteemed John Boehner, a clueless politician of the third kind.

Politics and the English Language - George Orwell
  • Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
  • Never use a long word where a short one will do.
  • If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
  • Never use the passive where you can use the active.
  • Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
  • Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.
No doubt these timeless words of advice will never be adhered to in any way, shape or form, in any political arena located anywhere in the world.

Click the short clip below to see a collaboration of Aljazeera and the Guardian regarding espionage, something interesting to say the least.

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