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.

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!
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