by Philip Giraldi
Control of the preferred narrative is essential in today's instant-news
political culture. This has been particularly true since 9/11, as the United
States government and the cooperative media have worked together to make
sure that a series of enemies are identified and then attacked as a response
to what has been shaped as a global terrorist threat. . . .
Later this year PBS will release to its affiliates a documentary film that
it co-produced called "Valentino's Ghost." I recently watched a preview
copy. In its full version it is 95 minutes long, and it lays out a roughly
chronological account of how Muslims, particularly Arabs, have been
perceived in the West since the 1920s. . . .
The rise of the Zionist movement and the creation of the state of Israel in
1948, with its forced relocation of most Palestinians -- which Mearsheimer
describes as "ethnic cleansing" -- made further shifts in the narrative
essential, particularly to demonstrate that Jews had a historic right to the
land of Palestine and that the creation of the Jewish state was humanely
carried out in a land that did not exist politically and was largely empty
and undeveloped. . . .
Philip Giraldi, a former CIA officer, is executive director of the Council for the National Interest.
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