Wednesday, March 7, 2012

How our Understanding of History is Manipulated

Andrew J. Fell
Activist Post

It’s becoming increasingly apparent that in order for us, the general population, to understand the deeper issues of the current geopolitical situation, it is imperative for us to understand the relevant history.

This may sound somewhat obvious, but I would argue that this is a fundamental sticking-point when discussing such matters, as it is difficult to link individuals to the antisocial and unethical actions they perpetrate [1:2] without a historically accurate point of reference.

For example, when discussing matters such as the proposal that 9/11 may have been initiated by our ‘leaders’ [3], I find that people quite often respond with the simple question 'why?', as it seems absurd to think that our 'leaders' would do something quite so inhuman and immoral for some sort of political gain. I will not attempt here to go into what their motives were, but rather into why it is that we, the general public, rarely remember the lessons of the past and continue to be misled about the circumstances leading to each and every conflict.

At this juncture I would suggest that the reader check out an article by John Pilger entitled 'Our children are learning lies'  in which he clearly sets out several examples of how we are taught about an historic event at school and how this information will in turn have a direct effect on the formation of our future perceptions of the world [4

Unfortunately, this information can all too often bear little or no relation to the actual event (Pilger uses Vietnam as a prime illustration of this), because the language and information used to teach us essentially pre-programs our comprehension of future warfare, automatically predisposing us to whichever side has been identified as the 'goodies' while creating a vested dislike or even hatred of the 'baddies'. 

Perhaps ‘baddie’ should be rephrased in Orwellian terms as 'a figure of hate'. From what I remember of my own learning on Vietnam, I recall thinking that the Americans became involved in order to help protect the ‘Democratic South’ against the ‘Communist North' -- this is probably what most people believe. According to Pilger, this analysis of the Vietnam conflict is far from the truth; in fact, almost completely contrary to the reality of the situation. The excerpt below comes from his article referring to a school textbook written on the subject: 
It says that under the 1954 Geneva Accord: 'Vietnam was partitioned into communist north and democratic south.' In one sentence, truth is dispatched. The final declaration of the Geneva conference divided Vietnam 'temporarily' until free national elections were held on 26 July 1956. There was little doubt that Ho Chi Minh would win and form Vietnam's first democratically elected government. Certainly, President Eisenhower was in no doubt of this. 'I have never talked with a person knowledgeable in Indo-Chinese affairs,' he wrote, 'who did not agree that . . . 80 per cent of the population would have voted for the communist Ho Chi Minh as their leader.'
Not only did the United States refuse to allow the UN to administer the agreed elections two years later, but the 'democratic' regime in the south was an invention. One of the inventors, the CIA official Ralph McGehee, describes in his masterly book Deadly Deceits how a brutal expatriate mandarin, Ngo Dinh Diem, was imported from New Jersey to be 'president' and a fake government was put in place. 'The CIA,' he wrote, 'was ordered to sustain that illusion through propaganda [placed in the media].'
Phony elections were arranged, hailed in the west as 'free and fair', with American officials fabricating 'an 83 per cent turnout despite Vietcong terror'. The GCSE guide alludes to none of this, nor that 'the terrorists', whom the Americans called the Vietcong, were also southern Vietnamese defending their homeland against the American invasion and whose resistance was popular. For Vietnam, read Iraq. -- Extract from 'Our children are learning lies' by John Pilger [5] 
What this essentially tells us is that, for all the democratic ideals that America and the West claims to espouse, as soon as someone who does not agree with their viewpoint is voted in they will do anything in their power to subvert and undermine them. This is rephrased and then becomes the 'official' history of events, finding its way into everything from textbooks to documentaries – George Orwell and 1984, eat your heart out!

You don’t have to look far to find similar examples of this subversive reinvention of recent history –  simply look at how Hamas has been marginalized despite winning a clear majority in the Palestinian legislative election of 2006. [6]  

Hamas was not 'permitted' to govern, despite winning the overall support of the Palestinian people, due to their not having the same agenda as the policy makers in Washington. That is not to say that we should agree with all Hamas policies (or anyone else’s, for that matter), but that we should at least respect the fact that the Palestinian people, through seemingly fair elections, have chosen their own government. The Americans evidently did not: they swiftly imposed sanctions and withheld aid from the Palestinian Authority in protest at the audacity of the Palestinians voting for an anti-American party [7]. The power sharing deal between Hamas and Fatah hammered out afterward under American influence is the equivalent of the Conservative Party in Britain winning over 50% of the seats in a general election and then being forced to govern in coalition with the previous losing Labour Administration -- a ridiculous prospect but arguably a comparable scenario. [8]

According to the words of former Republican Presidential hopeful, Newt Gingrich, the Palestinians are an "invented people" and are merely part of the larger Arab community, despite the fact that each Middle Eastern country has its own form of Arabic language and customs [9]. 

It could be argued that these types of statement serve to de-legitimize any section of society. Looking at history, this stratagem has been used as an excuse for ethnic cleansing, whether it be the United States in their treatment of Native Americans in the 19th Century; or 1930s Germany rounding up of the mentally ill, homosexuals, Jews and any other so-called undesirables; or the genocides in Bosnia or Rwanda in the 1990s – all the way through to Australia's expunging of aboriginal culture during the first half of the 20th Century. 

To say that Palestinians are not a people is evidently to completely ignore the reality of their current political situation. Very few countries have the same boundaries as they did 200 years ago, so it can be reasonably argued that the Palestinians who reside in the “occupied territories” are on the land of their forefathers and have every right to be there. Claiming that they are part of the larger Arab community and not a people is to imply that no Arab country is sovereign unto itself; something that would certainly be disputed on talking to most Moroccans, Saudis or Jordanians. 

Let us not forget that although the Israeli nation is intrinsically a modern construct, this doesn't mean that the Israeli people don't have a sense of nationhood or national culture; they evidently do. Are Walloon-Belgians to be considered as ‘French’ simply because they have the same language as France? Is Scotland, Wales or the United States to be classified as ‘English’ simply because they share similar customs? Unfortunately, this type of rhetoric is all too often put forward; and even if the effect is not immediate, it is likely to influence the thinking of a significant number of people over time as the corporate media repeatedly relays these words to the wider population.

For further examples of this duplicity, we could briefly consider the undermining of Daniel Ortega as leader of Nicaragua, and the deposition of Mohammad Mosaddegh as Prime Minister of Iran. Ortega led a movement to oust the previous brutal U.S.-backed regime under Somoza and had put in place massive public programs to increase the living standards of his countrymen [10: 11]. Despite being lauded as the most free elections ever conducted in Nicaragua's history, the Western establishment media was falling over itself to imply they were in fact rigged. [12]. The illegal methods used by the U.S. and its agencies included the funding of an armed insurgency, later became known as the Iran-Contra affair – a huge topic in itself, well worth reading about as an illustration of the extent to which those in power will go in order to destabilize governments that do not agree with their policies. [13]

Democratically elected Mosaddegh had instituted changes to transfer control of Iranian oil from Anglo-American interests to Iran. This resulted in a U.S.-sponsored regime change which saw the brutal Shah being imposed on Iran for the next 25 years, until his overthrow by the Islamic revolution of 1979 [14]. This fact is little known or cared about by Western observers, but it is widely known and taught throughout Iran. As Robert Fisk mentioned in a recent article in The Independent, 'It is a weird irony that Iranians know the history of Anglo-Persian relations better than the Brits' [15] This is something worth thinking about when looking at current Western-Iranian relations.

My point here is that these three events (and there are many more), although in the public domain are not widely known about or understood by the general population. Moreover, I would argue that discussion of these events is actively suppressed by the Western-controlled media, as this in itself would show the collusion of Western agencies in these events. 

However, it is my belief that the situation is more dangerous than this, as noted at the start of this article. It is precisely this lack of information that prevents the general public from making informed decisions on a whole range of current areas of controversy -- be it Iran, Syria, Libya or Sudan. We are presented with dubious information from a young age through to adulthood via the public-education system and the corporate-owned media, and it is hard to filter it out and be objective. Grant Allen may have been onto something when he wrote that "No schooling was allowed to interfere with my education.” [16]

There is much that could be said on this topic, but my main point is that it is absolutely vital for those who have an interest in these matters to critically appreciate and understand the history of how public opinion has been manipulated, how perceptions have been altered, and how half-truths have been purposely put forward by the media. It can be argued that in this way the media support the "Military Industrial Complex's" agenda [17]. 

George Santayana wrote 'Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it' [18]. If it is true that we are being deliberately misinformed and poorly educated about still-relevant historical events, shouldn't we begin to at least question why this is the case? Might there be something more sinister at work in the world today? 

All the information is still freely available and out there on the Web or in books for anyone who cares to know. It's up to each one of us to find out everything we can so that we can understand the realities behind global and national policy making, thus enabling us to make informed and rational commentary and contributions to society. 

This is where a revolution in thinking should start. This is where the morally “repugnant" elite control structure should end. [19]

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16 - Rosalba: the Story of Her Development by Olive Pratt Rayner /Grant Allen, published by Putnam's, 1899, pg 101 - 

Note: this quote (or variation of) is also sometimes attributed to Mark Twain [] 

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18 - The Life of Reason: Reason in Common Sense by George Santayana. Scribner’s, 1905: 284 
19 - Excerpt from President John F. Kennedy Secret Society Speech -

Andrew Fell lives in the Czech Republic and is a lecturer of English at a Social Work College in Prague. He has a keen interest in geo-politics, ethics, history, cooking and playing music. He can usually be found armed with a smile, sipping a cup of tea at a ńćajovna in Prague.

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Anna said...

World War III - The First Private War in History

Those who won all battles shall lose the war.
Bilderberg Group and the crimes against humanity.

This is how things work in all countries. Whatever used to belong to their people, today it belongs to the multinational companies of the Club. People were betrayed by their given leaderships and they lost everything. Capitals and markets were handed to the Club bosses. If you understand what is going on in Greece, you can understand what is going on in Britain, France, and Germany etc..


Anonymous said...

Unfortunately you fail to take into account that the majority of Americans are ignorant morons who could care less about Truth and will never be swayed by facts even when hit in the head with them. They don't want to know! They just want to keep believing, like a religious zealot, that everything will be alright.
I think George Carlin said it most concisely:
"They call it the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it"

Carl Herman said...

I wrote a series on the lies easily documented in US history books, including the Vietnam War described in this article:

I agree that the past is what puts the present in proper context.

Anonymous said...

Good article, important topic.
As long as people are focused on the dots, and not connecting them, the fascists win.
So fascist media and schools are serving their masters and dumbing down the people.

Devils advocate the 10:15AM comment.
How did they get to be ignorant morons??
One hundred years of bad schools, Hollywood, and news media all in the service of the fascists. I get fed up with ignorant lazy slobs who support war too, but they are increasing in numbers in every nation on the planet. The UK, Australia, Canada and many nations are giving the stupid ugly Americans a run for their money these days. Stupidity is on the march.

One of my "favorite" historical events being turned on its head is the Irish Potato Famine.
Genocide by the Brits, willful and diabolical. The surviving Irish scatterlings were then shipped to North America to fight on the front lines against beautiful native people who could have taught us so much........

Anonymous said...

There is a youtube presentation called "the Shock Doctrine 2009" which visually shows who is behind these wars and the how and the why.
It all goes back to the elitist's and the corporations they control.It is as evil as evil gets and well worth watching for the education.

Anonymous said...

History is manipulated, just like Orwells 1984. It is very difficult to get to the truth of the Templars, the Merevignons, the establishment of the Vatican and it's wealth making activities. The powers that be don't want their secrets revealed and will stop at nothing to maintain them...even committing mass murder. Welcome to our degenerate world. It is sickening. We walk about like robots with our brains tuned in to the next menu of brainwashing mundane activity on TV. Thinking...I really don't want to know, I'd rather check out how my favourite soap character is doing on my favourite soap opera. I want lulled to sleep, until suddenly one day I wake up in a state of terror I allowed to happen by dint of my lack of action or interest. Oh I so wish I helped those conspiracy theorists. They were right. Except there was never a conspiracy theorist other than those projected by people who feared us getting back our power. It became a label to create us and them, divide and conquer (the great british psychological trick proven by its track record) to block us from seeking the truth for ourself. In our numbness we have left it too late. Sounds dramatic eh. Not half as bad as it will be if we go for world war 3 and the hate mob.

Anonymous said...

OK we know, (well, some of us) that history, religion, war stories, mainstream news, financial reports etc. are all lies fed to the masses by the controlling elite and that it has been going on since the beginning. The question is...what are we going to do about it?
We cannot play their game by their rules and expect to win.
By protesting all we are doing is giving them opportunities to practice their round up agenda, by voicing our opinions they make us cyber space criminals, by joining groups, we've given them a bigger target. What to do? We have to refuse participation in any and all of their games and hit them where it hurts, in their pockets. They need to be afraid of everything, they use it against us because it works. Time to stand up against the bullies and quit bending over.

Dickinseattle said...

The problem we have goes to our corporate, Big Money Establishment owned media, which also influences much of our NYC based "alternative" media, which collectively control what we know, think and how we vote. Peer group conformity, especially for those more socially skilled on the Left, then takes precedent over the truth, even if we eventually uncover it, and allows political criminals (Cheney, Bush, etc.) to literally get a way with murder, in these cases mass murder. In the case of the murder of JFK 3 Presidents were involved before and after the fact (Nixon, LBJ, and Ford) and if you count the more tenuous involvement of G. H. W. Bush, that would be 4. In that case the cover up began immediately with the CIA asset major media and has continued to this day with multi-million dollar documentary cover ups for 48 years despite N. O. Atty. Gen Jim Garrison's wresting the Zapruder film away from Time/Life owner Henry Luce with the newly passed FOIA Act proving conspiracy. (Kennedy knocked backwards contrary to what we had been told by CBS reporter Dan Rather who alone of the media viewed the original film, and the time between JFK's fatal head shot and Connally being knocked forward with a shot to the back was less than a second (8 shots were fired), while Oswald was seen eating his lunch in the 1st and 2nd floor lunchroom. Like 9/11's impossible free fall speed collapsing of WTC7 at 5PM and WTC 1 and 2 earlier, all after relatively minor fires, all being impossible as related, this and the JFK murder altered our history and cost millions their lives in wars of aggression with great profits for the military industrial complex and investors. Because of this media failure we no longer have a functioning democracy. Ignorance is short term bliss, but long term misery.

Duncan Druhl said...

Despite your statements about Palestinians, what Gingrich said is historically accurate. If you wish to put these people in a larger, correct country context, then let us call them Judeans or Samarians, as those are the real countries which Emperor Hadrian renamed after the third Hebrew uprising that ended around 169 CE, renamed as Syria Palestrina in order to eliminate the names of the countries whose three uprisings had caused the empire years of strife, untold lives, and, literally, began the dissolution of the mighty fortress that was the Roman Empire up to that time.

After this, the district or area was always an administrative designation up to and including the time immediately prior to 1948, never having the demarcation, political structure, or sovereignty of a country as they are legally defined. Why? Some may state that it was Hashem's wish to keep the Hebrews in exile for their desecration of His Commandments and country while others will note that the land has a long history of being conquered on the way to invading armies going elsewhere. It was part of the larger Islamic Caliphate and the later Ottoman Empire prior to the end of WW I, but never an independent and sovereign political state. Contrast this to Armenians, perhaps, whose history includes a once powerful state which, by the way, overran Israel in one of Israel's many wars with far more powerful neighbours including Persia, Greece, and Rome. However, Armenia as a state existed, but does not enjoy this status today though there are millions of people who rejoice in their Armenian individuality.

Palestinians, on the other hand, are residents of an area which used to be called something else until the Romans changed it; and prior to that alteration paid taxes and due respect to the Hebrew Kings who ruled their location. Obviously, this was after the elimination of Caanan and other competing tribes in the area designated as Israel.

If you are writing about the dissolution of historical accuracy, a bit more attention might be urged. It used to be said that the winners of wars write the history, but today it is those in thrall to political fashion or their own opinions, perhaps.

Andrew Fell said...

Thank you Duncan for your points - it is exactly these type of observations that I wish to receive when writing, not because they agree with what I am saying but because they can assist with my further critical understanding of the issue at hand. This was in fact one of the key reasons why I had decided to start writing in that I am using it not so much as a tool to put my ideas out into the world but more that I have been finding of late that it has been assisting me to critically order knowledge within my own mind. In so doing, I have been hoping that the information may be a resource for others and that I will hear feedback, helping either to rectify, clarify or support my arguments - as has been the case here with all of the above comments. I will consider what you have said within that context and my further writing should reflect this. To paraphrase what you said so saliently, it is vital to be as precise as possible, ESPECIALLY when addressing the topic of historical inaccuracies.

Anonymous said...

It is always a problem to decide where to begin... when trying to understand the actual history leading to today. Andy, you might, for the hell of it, begin with 1213 AD. Start from there. You will discover many astounding facts... For example, the united States of America is still a British colony. And because Britain is 'owned' by the Vatican..... track right up to now... but don't forget the Leiber Code, the end of the Republic (if it ever did exist) in 1861. The third bankruptcy of the government in 1933. The revision of the Trading with the enemies Act in 1935. Military rule of the nation even more in evidence since then with endless states of emergency. The securitization of all property in the US to satisfy the creditors of the bankruptcy. As nausea. The rabbit hole is much deeper than you imagine. And good luck. ... dr rtw

Carroll said...

An earlier commenter got it right when he said that Americans do not really want to know the truth because living with myths is more comfortable than living with truth and reality. You can easily prove this to yourself by trying to explain to friends and family members why the government's version of what caused the collapse of the buildings 9/11 could not possibly be true because it defies all laws of gravity and physical science. Psychologists refer to this phenomenon as “cognitive dissonance” which affects about 80% of the general population of all countries, including America.

PJ London said...

Hey Duncan:

"Palestinians, on the other hand, are residents of an area which used to be called something else until the Romans changed it"
Give me a break.
How many countries still retain the names they had prior to 169CE ?
On that basis every group in the world are an "Invented people"

Palestine has been identified as a country for hundreds of years.

"Nevertheless, the First Crusade from 1097 to 1099 achieved all its major objectives in the Holy Land. The Crusaders did not decisively defeat the Turks but mauled them severely enough to halt their expansion and provide a promising basis for future offensives. They marched into Palestine, besieged and captured Jerusalem, and indulged in wholesale massacre and plundering once they took the city."

"13- The United States and other Western countries under influence of a
Zionist lobby pushed for the creation of a “Jewish state” of Israel in
Palestine despite the wishes of the native people. "

"The British Mandate for Palestine, also known as the Palestine Mandate and the Mandate for Palestine,[1] was a geopolitic polity under British administration, carved out of Ottoman Syria after World War I. The mandate formalised British rule in Palestine, from 1922 until 1948."

Please don't "cherry pick" your facts and then present it as "history"

Anonymous said...

"Palestine has been identified as a country for hundreds of years."

More than hundreds as the word 'Palestine' is a modern version of 'Philistine' which dates back to 'Biblical' times.

Unfortunately it's pointless to even try to explain that to some people who just can't grasp the fact that changes to a few letters over hundreds of years does not change the fact that Philistine IS Palestine.

Some people's eyes and minds are closed tight and they just run around chasing their own tails all day and living in a dream world at night and never waking up to reality.

Maybe if we all work together we can pull them out of their delusion.

Anonymous said...

Animal Farm.

Anonymous said...

Perceptions... Beaten, loved, laced, tainted, nurtured, controlled, embraced, given, stained, lusted, cherished, coddled, pampered, disgraced, guided, lost, given, had, been, is, never, will, have, need, charity, grace, meaning, bites, froth, bad, damage, anger, joy, hate, lust, find, remember, seek, forget, not, when, hot, relevent, dismissed, dark, bold, small, blight, honor, truth, gain.

Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach men to fish for you and you eat for all your days.

Anonymous said...

Here's some history for 'ya:

Thirteenth Tribe The Khazar Empire and its Heritage (FREE .pdf)

Juri Lina - In the Shadow of Hermes, pts 1-9 (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) (Part 5) (Part 6) (Part 7) (Part 8) (Part 9)

The Hidden History of Jewish Bolshevism & Freemasonry

Rothschild-agent, Jacob Schiff, handed Trotsky (Lev Bronstein) $20 Million, before he boarded a ship in NY Harbor, bound for Russia, in 1917, to depose the Romanov Dynasty. Almost the entire Bolshevist or Communist USSR Gov't was KHAZAR/"Jew"-ish. Under Stalin, they SLAUGHTERED an estimated 20 to 60 Million mostly Russian Christian Peasants - a veritable HOLOCAUST.

"The most detailed description of Jewish influence in the Bolshevik Revolution comes from Robert Wilton, the Russian correspondent of The Times. In 1920 he published a book in French, Les Derniers Jours des Romanofs (The Last Days of the Romanovs), which gave the racial background of all the members of the Soviet government. (This does not appear in the later English translation, for some odd reason.) After the publication of this monumental work, Wilton was ostracized by the press, and he died in poverty in 1925.
He reported that the Central Committee of the Bolshevik Party was made up as follows: (approx. 72% KHAZAR-"Jews")

Bronstein (Trotsky) Jew
Apfelbaum (Zinovief) Jew
Lourie (Larine) Jew
Ouritski Jew
Volodarski Jew...."


Article: "Dual Citizenship -- Loyal to Whom?" by Dan Eden

Lily said...

Amazing article, thank you. Comments are grand, thank you also for all of the educational links.

For a meaningful discussion of historical events from Plato until today, (concentrating on the 'education system' which fully addresses why humans are so unaware) please consider viewing 'The Ultimate History Lesson' with John Taylor Gatto [], interviewed by Richard Andrew Grove:

With more than 200 footnotes and more than 30 book references contained in its entirety, this unique interview provides you with the primary sources, quotes, links, and suggested resources to expedite your own open-source education.

This profound interview series can be found in its entirety on youtube at no cost.

I hope you find it as enlightening as I have.


Andrew Fell said...

Hello Lily. Thank you for your comment. I am a regular listener to the Peace Revolution Podcast with Richard Grove and am still working my through the Ultimate History Lesson which, like yourself, I can't recommend enough. I've also purchased "Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling" by John Taylor Gatto which I find to be an excellent resource for anybody interested in how the education system has been manipulated to remove critical thinking. This is something which as a teacher, I find particularly interesting and I have now adopted an alternative approach to teaching since becoming aware of this information. John Taylor Gatto is a major influence in this. It is only when we recognise that there is a problem that we can then start going about resolving it.

Lily said...

Hi Andrew! So glad to 'meet' you. I cannot tell you what it means to me (and the children) that you have taken this fabulous approach to teaching. Good on you! May success follow you always.

If you get the chance, I'd love to invite you to have a look around the Tragedy & Hope community. If you are so inclined, please check it out here:

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