20 Nov 2012

War Propaganda

War propaganda poster during WWII
By assessing this ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip, where the Islamic Jihad launched attacks on Israel, I could realise how important is the use of propaganda on wars. In this fighting, Hamas portray themselves as someone who is being victim of an aggressive “Zionist” country whilst on other hand Israel is seen as someone victim of Hamas atrocities. So, who is correct? Of course, in my opinion, Israel has the right to defend itself from any enemy attack.

However by looking on Facebook and International Forums I take part in (CNN Forum and BBC Global Minds), I could see that propaganda is quick spread out and both sides use it as they please. Pictures of bloodied children being taken in officers’ arms is shown as well as children looking at their fallen homes after an air strike. I could read a Palestinian say that “our people is destroyed by Israel; we do not have water, electricity and food. I look to my little brother and have pit of him”, but, how could he write on the Forum if he does not have ‘electricity’? It was supposed to do not have anything working, including internet, as he said!

I also saw lots of images telling that more than one thousand rockets fired from Gaza hit Israel - and It is another big propaganda! As for the IDF Blog (idfblog.com), the Blog of the Israeli Defence Force, since 4th November when those “new” hostilities began, 667 rockets were hit the country.

So?
In all conflicts, we must pay attention to what is really going on. Both sides will always be victims. Both will use propaganda in its own interest. They will say what they want you to know as well as what they want the enemies and allies to know. Hitler was the master of propaganda and used it to destroy millions of people (including his own people!). Then, let’s be careful with what we see or hear. Propaganda may lead us to believe in what does not exist! During wars, propaganda is nothing but a weapon that, if well handled, has a power of destruction as big as tons of TNT!

Keep you eye open!

15 Nov 2012

Israel x Gaza Strip: What's coming next?

A missile is launched from Gaza Strip
Palestinian militants have launched missiles from the Gaza Strip into Israel's commercial capital Tel Aviv. It’s the first time that it occurs since the Israeli-Palestinian eternal conflict. As might be expected, the IDF has been hitting back and promised to fight on Islamic Jihad.

If you are a reader of my Blog, you know that I have been forecasting a conflict between Israel and Iran still to happen in this year. As it seems, I have slightly made a mistake but I still believe that this war on Islamic Jihad on Gaza, is a harbinger of what is coming next. It’s something like a rehearsal for what is to come, that’s to say, a warning to Iran that Israel is preparing itself and its own people to a looming war.

Let's wait and see what's coming next.


4 Nov 2012

VIOLENCE IN SAO PAULO

Police officers carrying a fallen mate.

The City of São Paulo has been enduring a painful violence this semester (more than the  “usual” average); so far, 90 police officers have been shot down by bandits since the beginning of the year - this is the “unofficial” number informed by the media, and not by the government which always conceals the number to do not “scare” people. 

What shocks me, besides those aggressions on police officers, is the silence of the Brazilian Human Rights. When a bandit die whether in confrontation with the police or not, the Human Rights always come to spot on TVs, Newspapers, Magazines, etc, to accuse police officers of killing human beings, even if this human being is carrying a gun to kill innocent people. Now, when the victim is the State itself (since the Police is a force of the State), the Human Rights remains in silence. It is something like they are enjoying the assassination of officers.

The burial of an assassinated officer from
the elite troop "ROTA"
The Human Rights in Brazil, has the full support of Catholic Church, which makes the point of going to TV to express “condolences” to families of “the poor” people who are “murdered” by the police, when there are confrontations with them. However, even with the terrible attacks police have been suffering, it keeps with its mouth shout.

Let me open a parentesis:
Perhaps you will think it is a joke what I’m going to say, but unfortunately it is not. In Brazil bandits have more value than a worker and IT IS OFFICIALLY STATED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT! 

The minimum national wage is R$ 622,00 reais (about US$ 311,00) and the Federal Government pays R$ 915,05 reais (about US$ 457,53) to the family of each prisoner - because as the govern says “if he/she is in jail, he/she cannot work, then the money goes to his/her family and then they can survive”. That’s to say, murderers, robbers, tramps and so far, have more value than a simple worker - who pays taxes and earns less! Visit the page of Federal Government by clicking here (in Portuguese) and you will see it isn’t a joke!

It makes me think: if the govern itself supports bandits, I’m afraid they will do nothing for São Paulo. To them (in my point of view) it is a good idea to let officers die. In the next election they will point out the widespread violence in São Paulo and say “Hey, look, the current government of São Paulo, did nothing to help you; we from PT (Labours Part) have the solution to put an end to all this mess. Vote us!”. It’s all the same history: power.

I hope São Paulo may decrease this scaring number of violent assassinations of officers, and all our Police can recover from all this mess the Federal Government has been doing to us. I believe and support our officers; I believe and get support of God.

Thanks for reading.