Posted 12:40 P.M. MDT 10/31/01

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While Bombs Fall, Americans Obsess Over Anthrax

Is Anthrax a Red Herring?

    In the past four weeks there have been four deaths attributed to anthrax infection in the United States -- the latest a 61 year old woman in New York City. There have been twelve more confirmed cases of anthrax infection in people who are being treated with antibiotics and are expected to fully recover. Even though the casualty figures are minuscule so far, the topic has dominated the news in the United States, and thus is foremost on the minds of most people in this country.

    If the current rate of anthrax infections were to continue over the next 12 months, 52 people could be expected to die from anthrax, and 208 others would be infected and fully recover.

    According to 1998 statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, 71 people died in the U.S. from "adverse effects of medical care", 1.36 times the number that will die of anthrax in our hypothetical scenario. 12.25 times this number died of drowning, and 10.25 times this number died of flu and pneumonia. These figures were taken from the 25-34 year old group that is physically strongest and least likely to be hospitalized (All states, races, sex figured into the average).

    Deaths from auto accidents, heart disease, murder, and suicide are much more likely to occur than from anthrax, with auto fatalities at 136 for every death from anthrax in our scenario, and 56 deaths from HIV. If premature death due to alcohol and tobacco consumption could be accurately tabulated, the ratio would be much higher. Alcohol is a factor in more than half of emergency room visits due to traumatic injuries. sends out a daily email synopsis of the day's news and a preview of their evening newscast, usually written by their anchor, Peter Jennings. Since the initial report of anthrax in Florida on October 8, ABCNews has covered the disease in every single newscast, and has made it the lead story in most of them.

    "Every day now, it seems, anthrax is found in some new place," began Peter Jennings in his Friday afternoon bulletin. Last week it was Senator Daschle's office, then the State Department and White House mail sorting buildings. Yesterday the Supreme Court conducted their business away from the Supreme Court building for the first time since it opened in 1935. These are the stories and images that have dominated the news in the United States.

More Civilians Dying from U.S. Bombs

    Yet there was another story in Kabul that barely registered in the U.S. media; in fact, we have only been able to read about it in detail from European news sources. Last week a stray U.S. bomb hit a house in Kabul, Afghanistan and killed seven children and a father. We say "stray bomb" because the Pentagon calls it an accident, but in reality it struck precisely where it was dropped.

    This one "stray bomb", out of many others since the bombardment began, killed in one instant twice the number of people who have died from anthrax in the U.S. in the past month, and yet it is worthy of hardly a mention in the American media.

Dead Afghan children

    These casualties weren't little "terrorists" hiding out with Osama. They lived in a city far away from Osama and apparently were part of a large, loving family. The bomb hit their house while they ate breakfast. A wall collapsed and crushed four to death. The others were killed by shrapnel. U.S. military strategists usually refer to these kinds of deaths as "collateral damage" -- a term used by Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh.

    This tragedy, and many more like it that have occurred since the beginning of "Enduring Freedom", cause the anthrax stories in the U.S. to pale in comparison. And while the events of September 11 were horrific, there are other trends that, while less sudden and visibly dramatic, cause even September 11 to pale in comparison if you simply consider the casualty figures. U.S.-enforced economic sanctions, for example, or the depleted uranium shells and cluster bombs used in our last two wars, or the mysterious Gulf War syndrome.

    But to most people in the United States it is as easy to tune out the truth as it is to tune in the imaginary hobgoblins served up by the media. For some reason the bombing of little children and the effects this new war will have on ordinary people around the world isn't as important as revenge, or that envelope we got in the mail -- is that white powder I see?

The "Ministry of Truth"

    This combination of apathy toward the truth and paranoia about untruths is partially a result of what is known as "psychological operations", or "psyops". In Afghanistan, U.S. psychological operations include airdropped leaflets and "Tokyo Rose" style propaganda broadcasts from C-130 aircraft. The Pentagon has a large staff assigned to "news management". Edward Bernays, chief advisor to CBS founder William Paley, wrote regarding the nascent broadcast media of radio, "the technical means have been invented and developed by which opinion may be regimented."

    The "war on terror" is a brilliant psyops campaign against the American people by their government. Here we have these things called "terrorists" and "anthrax" or other biological threats, all invisible. The fear factor, managed by the mainstream media, has made these invisible "enemies" virtually omnipresent. As Peter Jennings wrote, "Every day now, it seems, anthrax is found in some new place", implying that you might be next.

    And if you are busy fearing, you will want to be protected, and you won't be asking questions about the kind of world our leaders are trying to create. MIT professor Noam Chomsky described the rationale behind domestic psyops beautifully in a lecture a few years ago where he said:

The bewildered herd [you] are a problem. We've got to prevent their rage and trampling. We've got to distract them. They should be watching the Super bowl or sitcoms or violent movies or something. Every once in a while you call on them to chant meaningless slogans like 'Support Our Troops', and you've got to keep them pretty scared because unless they're scared properly and frightened of all kinds of devils that are going to destroy them from outside or inside or somewhere, they may start to think, which is very dangerous because they're not competent to think, and therefore it's important to distract and to marginalize them.

    In the 1930's Aldous Huxley was a member of that elite club of futuristic writers that seemed to have a knowledge of the true centers of power, their philosophy, and their ultimate goals for human civilization. So did his contemporary, Eric Blair, whose pen name was George Orwell.

    In his book Brave New World (p. 273), Huxley wrote the following paragraph which provided the reader a prescient glance into our present:

People USED to imagine that knowledge was the highest good, truth the supreme value. ...People still went on talking about truth and beauty as though they were sovereign goods. Right up to the time of the Nine Years' War [war on terror]. That made them change their tune all right. What's the point of truth or beauty or knowledge when the anthrax bombs are popping all around you? That was when science first began to be controlled -- after the Nine Years' War. People were ready to have even their appetites controlled then. Anything for a quiet life. We've gone on controlling ever since. It hasn't been very good for truth, of course. But it's been very good for happiness. (emphasis supplied)

    The obvious message conveyed by Huxley and Orwell was that the world of the future, our world, would not be friendly to the truth. War is peace. Weakness is strength. Slavery is freedom. Happiness is security. Their message was an obvious warning that true happiness could not come without truth, a message lost on this present generation that is rapidly fulfilling their prediction.

    We are not saying there will not be significant loss of life in the United States in the days ahead, even from biological attacks. Such outbreaks would seem to fulfill Bible prophesies regarding the times we are in. We are merely pointing out that the current media frenzy over anthrax bears all the hallmarks of a propaganda offensive, designed to distract the American public from the major reorganizing going on in the world around them.

    We have entered the great time of trouble, and those who perish will not do so because they didn't pay attention to the news and carefully watch out for terrorists, but because they closed their ears to the truth, and rejected the Source of Truth.

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