Deanna Hutton Truth of War



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Deanna Hutton Truth of War

Like a game of chess we are pawns for our government. According to Merriam Webster’s definition a pawn is; one of the chessmen of least value having the power to move only forward ordinarily one square at a time, to capture only diagonally forward, and to be promoted to any piece except a king upon reaching the eighth rank. Though we aren’t the people running the government because we are a democracy we are the forces behind it; like a game of chess we have the potential to be the queen of our country given that the queen is the most valuable player. A pawn can also be one that c be used to further the purposes of another. At times of war, or build up for war, messages of extremities and hate combined with emotions of honor and righteousness interplay to provide powerful propaganda for a cause. Propaganda uses many techniques throughout the world to persuade people to enlist in the war. Most of the techniques are posted around poorer areas. Using us (the poor) as the lesser player to benefit their needs during the war.

Propaganda can serve to rally people behind a cause, but often at the cost of others extent by exaggerating, misrepresenting, or even lying about the current issues in order to gain support of our men. It appears that almost every war battle we go through is fought on two grounds: the first being the battlefield and the second being the minds of the individuals we recruited via propaganda. Otherwise known as the “good guys” verses the “bad guys”. Such examples include reinforcing reasons and motivations towards acting upon due threats concerning the security of the individual. "It's queer, when one thinks about it," goes on Kropp, "we are here to protect our fatherland. And the French are over there to protect their fatherland. Now who's in the right?" (All Quiet on the Western Front by: Erich Maria Remarque)
Many say that it is inevitable in war that people will die. Yet, in many cases, war itself is not inevitable, and propaganda is often employed to go closer to war, if that is the preferred foreign policy option. Indeed, once war starts, civilian casualties are unfortunately almost a guaranteed certainty.

Arthur Siegel, a social science professor at York University in Toronto, describes four levels of varieties of propaganda: No matter how it is spread, propaganda comes in four basic varieties, said Arthur Siegel, social science professor at York University in Toronto, whose 1996 book Radio Canada International examines World War II and Cold War propaganda. “The first level is the Big Lie, adapted by Hitler and Stalin. The state-controlled Egyptian press has been spreading a Big Lie, saying the World Trade Center was attacked by Israel to embarrass Arabs,” said Siegel. “The second layer says, ‘It doesn’t have to be the truth, so long as it’s plausible.’ “The third strategy is to tell the truth but withhold the other side’s point of view. “The fourth and most productive is to tell the truth, the good and the bad, the losses and the gains. “Governments in Western society take the last three steps. They avoid the Big Lie, which nobody here will swallow,” Siegel said. on to make the whole thing seem real and urgent. The more emotional the debate, the better. Emotion creates reality, reality demands action. —



The impacts of such propaganda contributed to the loss of millions of lives for it helped form a sense of legitimacy to what could otherwise have been regarded as controversial.


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