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Dealing With Deceivers

How many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
--Bob Dylan

New American Century

(MANAMA, Bahrain) - Most of us have favourite causes; and many will go out of their way to defend those causes.

When we hear someone defending the causes that are not our own, we're often unsure about which defence is right.

What do you do when you know that a writer or speaker is lying through his teeth? But you can't prove it.

Many people simply shut him down and click to something else out of frustration. Of course that allows the liar to get away with his deception, at least with those who have no basis for acceptance or rejection.

What can you do to deal effectively with deceivers when the audience may be interested in acquiring the truth rather than padded fiction pretending to be fact?

If the issue is important, involving people’s lives, the truth must be repeated time and time again, until the lie is exposed and action taken to rectify the damage done by the lie.

In his article, “The Deceivers”, Chris Floyd asks "How many times must the truth be told before it conquers the lies? Again and again, the brutal realities behind the rape of Iraq--that it was planned years ago, that the aggressors knew full well that their justifications for war were false and that their invasion would lead to chaos, ruin and unbridled terror have been exposed by the very words and documents of the invaders themselves. Yet the reign of the lie goes on, rolling toward its final entrenchment...?"

Floyd answers his own rhetorical question:

"The public record, available to anyone who wants the truth, is undeniable: the war was waged on false pretences and the war leaders knew it. They knew it would bring unimaginable death and suffering to multitudes of innocent people in Iraq and to thousands of their own soldiers and civilians as well. They knew it would lead to more terrorism, more chaos, more insecurity in the world. Yet they plunged ahead anyway, deliberately deceiving their own people with a poison cloud of lies, exaggeration and bluster. Why? Because for the warmongers, the game was worth the candle: the loot, the power, the ‘dominance’ to be won was an irresistible temptation."

Numerous articles and websites have identified the rogues’ gallery of neocon warmongers in the PNAC, The Project for a New American Century, in the G.W. Bush administration.

They should all--including Bush--be tried for war crimes. Until they are indicted for the many murders they were responsible for, their pictures and names and lies should be repeated and repeated and repeated.

Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld should top every list under George W. Bush. Other PNAC fabricators including Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, John Bolton Elliott Abrams, I. Lewis Libby, Norman Podhoretz and Douglas Feith should also be tried for war crimes.

Tell me that you know all this and I will say “Do something about it!” What can you do?

Write until you and your readers are tired enough to stop letting bygones be bygones. Write with all the outrage that these war-mongering monsters deserve.

If you can't write, go to America or the UK and march. If the deaths of more than a million innocent people based on fakery and lies isn't enough to justify your voice being heard, nothing will move you.

If you can't write or march, read and research the internet. Post what you find on your Facebook and twitter pages. Keep posting, again and again and again.


Throughout his life as an educator, Dr. Paul J. Balles, a retired American university professor and freelance writer, has lived and worked in the Middle East for 40 years - first as an English professor (Universities of Kuwait and Bahrain), and for the past ten years as a writer, editor and editorial consultant.

He’s a weekly Op-Ed columnist for the GULF DAILY NEWS . Dr. Balles is also Editorial Consultant for Red House Marketing and a regular contributor to Bahrain This Month. He writes a weekly op-ed column for Akbar Al Khaleej (Arabic). He has also edited seven websites, including bahrainthismonth.com, womenthismonth.com

Paul has had more than 350 articles published, focusing on companies, personality profiles, entrpreneurs, women achievers, journalists and the media, the Middle East, American politics, the Internet and the Web, consumer reports, Arabs, diplomats, dining out and travel. Paul's articles on Salem-News.com are frank and enlightening. We are very appreciative of the incredible writings Dr. Balles has generated for our readers over the years, and we are very pleased to list him among our most valued contributors.

Indulging the hard subjects that keep the world divided is our specialty at Salem-News.com, and with writers like Dr. Paul Balles on our team, we amplify our ability to meet challenges and someday, will see the effects of this exist in context with a more peaceful and generally successful world.


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terry wagar July 4, 2013 12:47 pm (Pacific time)

War-moungers rely on faked justifications to rally support of the masses into going to war, because under normal circumstances most people do not want war, which is why the war-moungers fabricate false justifications for war. This has gone on for thousands of years throughout history and people always as a whole tend to get sucked up into the so-called justifications for war. Don't forget the war was supported by thousands of news reporters and it was news reporters that rallied most Americans into believing the war was justified. So many news reporters are also guilty of supporting the government spin in getting Americans into war, not just the politicians. Of course many news reporters find themselves in a situation where they either need to back up the big bad gov's position on things or they loose their jobs and then their family's hurt, so many news reporters that back up government propaganda are in a situation where they may suffer or be targeted for NOT backing up our big bad gov's desire for war. This country seems more and more Fascist every single day and it is disgusting.

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