‘Tis strange – but true; for truth is always strange;
Stranger than fiction; if it could be told,
How much would novels gain by the exchange!
How differently the world would men behold!
How oft would vice and virtue places change!
The new world would be nothing to the old,
If some Columbus of the moral seas
Would show mankind their souls’ antipodes.’
Lord Byron, Don Juan, Canto XIV, Verse 101
Without adversaries, heroism becomes superficial and heroes are doomed to play the role of non-entities.
The term “bogeyman” refers to an imaginary evil spirit, a mythical creature of supernatural powers – the embodiment of mischief – invented by grown-ups to frighten children. It may also characterise a living person, who is feared and hated by a group of people. From Perseus to Jack the Giant Killer, fables about slayers of such monsters abound. Adults are expected to relinquish the fairy tales, myths and legends of their youth. But behind a smokescreen of engineered insecurity – to spook, intimidate and infantilise the general public – ministers and MPs continue to lie to constituents about the real motives  for this ‘Global War on Terror’ (GWOT). As objects of dread, today’s terrorists – like yesterday’s communists – are mostly products of the mainstream media industry’s febrile imagination – on behalf of the corporate deep state …
In this fantasy world – for ‘home consumption’ – the US government and a so-called Islamic State or ISIS are violently opposed to one another, just as, once upon a time, the USA and Al-Qaeda were supposedly sworn enemies. But in the conflict zones, where action speaks louder than words, the grass roots reality is that Washington, aided by the EU and Israel, has been allied with ISIS against the Syrian government for over three years. Anyone with an interest in a durable solution for the Middle East and a modicum of common sense can see that the latest – elaborately contrived – turn of events, allows the Neoconservatives to revive their régime change plans for Syria. But what does this tell us about Britain’s press and media ?
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