The world is a Battleground
In order to be able to make any kind of change, to contribute to the present, hunting down future goals for the people of this world and its environment, we need to understand what we are dealing with.
What is then this world we are in?
The more I get into it, the better I can visualize this global picture and it gets every time a little bit less blurry. Whenever I manage to zoom out of the specific part of the world I am focusing on, I keep finding myself at the same conclusion: This world is a battleground.
I believe in standing up for ourselves and others, in the coexistence of good and bad inside each one of us and the free will to go one side or another, in change as part of life and thus always possible, I believe in fighting for it and in the power of people. Peace is in the hands of everyone willing to use them. When I see the global picture thou, whose hands are claiming to move for Peace? What impact does this have on the world?
In the process of understanding three words are essential:
The countries who have them and the ones who want them already set an initial sketch of our picture. A rivalry among nations for access and control of resources and precious minerals to boost economic growth hides behind many world events affecting entire populations, consuming and destroying our land, our water.
Earth is not earth, it is a political piece of the global picture. Earth is not cherished for what it provides, it is consumed for the wealth of few, it is abused to the point of not use, taking away the lives of many in the process. The global landscape is reshaped to secure economic and strategic 1interests.
The battleground exists, it is just right there in front of people eyes. Then how is it possible not to see it? And how is it possible then even when people do see it, they end up not only supporting it but finding it necessary? The manipulation of events through controlled images and misleadingnlanguage creates distorted realities, which become a truth in the eyes and ears of a passive viewer/listener.
Since colonization, European countries have been competing for trade routes and national resources. They made of colonies commercial ventures managed by investor-owned companies, which were making fortunes from the profits of prosperous colonies: the East India Company, the Virginia Company, The Hudson’s Bay Company, the Massachusetts Bay Company,, the New Netherland Company. These companies could operate as they pleased, overcoming the socio–economic and political structure of the occupied country at the expenses of indigenous people.
Conquering, expanding, exploiting…the hegemony battle, unlike wars, never stops. After World War II the US and the Soviet Union became the main players of this battle, competing to extend their influence by occupying countries, overthrowing governments, defining enemies and allies through military and political treaties.
Intelligence agencies and the Media have been, and still are today, the invisible soldiers of such a battle. The pioneer of modern propaganda, Edward Bernay, said:
“the intelligent manipulation of the masses is an invisible government which is the true ruling
power in our country”.
The manipulation of the public, necessary to pursue geographical and economic hegemony, is carried on in a diversity of ways and with the powerful support of the military and the Intelligence.
Based on the principle of association between products and desires, the propaganda machinery has been fed by grabbing people by their emotions, especially fear.
Enemies are created in order to cover real motives of resources exploitation, geographical and economical power. Soviet Union and in general Communism and communist countries have been used during the cold war as a mean to spread fear into people minds.
The Pentagon by itself spends millions of dollars on advertising and recruiting propaganda for selling the war. Intelligence is used to manipulate the news. Embedded journalists, controlled by the military in what they see, where they go and what they report, are the ones appearing and sourcing mainstream media.
In a world of 24h news programs the associations became illusions, the facts don’t matter anymore because the symbols used are deprived of their meaning and take a life of their own.
This image of the Twin Towers in flames, became a
symbol in the eyes of Americans, and it was used tocreate the
illusion that Saddam Hussein was connected with it, even
thou he wasn’t at all. Facts didn’t matter.
Manipulation of images, of information, of language itself help create acceptance of distorted convenient realities, and justifications of horrendous acts. “Exporting democracy”, “Humanitarian
intervention”, “Operation Enduring Freedom”, “Operation Restore Hope”, exploiting words which bear a sense of positiveness and justice in them to conduct military attacks against countries, oppress and kill people, pollute the environment and erase entire habitats.
Military coups and invasions are carried on by deception, by violence or both together: Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadeq(Iran), Jacobo Arbenz Guzman (Guatemala), Patrice Lumumba (Congo), Sukarno (Indonesia), Salvador Allende (Chile), military interventions in Somalia, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya are so few examples of this combination on the world battleground.
Time has passed since Colonization, however Independences did not erase it. What we see today is a much improved version of it, with more sophisticated technology, a legal system legitimizing it through organizations like the WTO , IMF and World Bank.
Spreading neo-liberalism and free market, a mix of liberalization and protectionism used to increase the wealth of the powerful states that run it and the version of the new investor-owned companies tied to them. As Noam Chomsky said “A major attack on human rights and democracy”.
The deception of the propaganda machine has reached a level so high that Peace is officially carried on in the hands of the UN, with its Peacekeepers (security council permanent members and allowed to veto: France, UK, US, China, Russia) holding nuclear weapons. NATO, which should have been dissolved in 1991, bombing people and polluting environment under the banner – humanitarian intervention – . Even fear reached its apogee becoming the enemy itself: The war on TERROR!
What effect has on me this battleground picture I am watching? You might guess a negative one of powerlessness, but it does not. The fact that I am watching it and becoming aware of it makes it a counter attack, the first one in the hand of each person, to one of the three words listed above:
Next step is the one of figuring out how to transform it into action and effectiveness.
natural resource: Water
People resistance to water
By Alessia from Italy