by Arjun Walia, Collective Evolution:
- The Facts:The burning of a truck at a closed Venezuelan border gate purportedly bringing supplies from the West was immediately, and falsely, blamed on Nicolas Maduro and his forces. The false narrative was widely reported in mainstream media.
- Reflect On:Can we use these examples to help us discern how our perception is being controlled by mainstream media and the powerful social engineers behind them?
By now the propaganda ‘playbook’ used by Western powers should be all too familiar to anyone awakening out of the illusion of mainstream perception, even those in the beginning stages.
Two particular things that they do have helped to accelerate this awakening. First, the West keeps using the same play over and over again, so much so that seeing the pattern is unavoidable, no matter what the context. Western powers will demonize the leadership of any country they are not in control of, with particular emphasis on countries that have resources that those Western powers covet, and/or hold a strategic area on the geopolitical chessboard that Western powers want to establish a military presence within.
Second, the lies and deception behind their ‘play’ are often getting immediately revealed, thanks to the capturing of real audio and video of the event. More often than not, mainstream media is forced to admit that the initial claims on which their unholy outrage is anchored turned out to be false.
Still–and this is what is notable–revelations that some of their foregone conclusions were based on false premises does not dampen their enthusiasm for demonizing their intended target going forward. They sometimes continue to use the ‘juice’ of the claims even though they have been proven to be false. As far as propaganda strategies go, they almost seem willing to ground their arguments on lies in order to whip up support for their cause. Their calculation is that most of their supporters will simply ignore reports about what happened when the truth comes out days or weeks later.
This is the state of the world today, and this is why this strategy has not yet been relegated to the dustbin of history. Let’s take a look at the latest iteration of it.
In Venezuela, the goal is the demonizing of Venezuela’s current Socialist leader Nicolas Maduro, to the point that there is popular support for Western military involvement in the affairs of Venezuela, ending in the installation of a new leader that accommodates Western economic interests. Reminds me of efforts to convince people that Syria’s Bashar al-Assad felt the need to gas his own people to death, including children.
In Venezuela, the West is actually trying to convince their audience that Nicolas Maduro is a leader who believes that killing his own people and burning food and medical supplies on his country’s doorstep is good politics. They don’t explain why he does that, they just leave it to our imaginations to see him as some kind of devil incarnate rather than a human being.
The problem is that these tactics, to some extent, still work. Western powers keep getting people to believe it just by saying it over. And over. No matter that they are completely lying and probably responsible in whole or in part for the incident itself. For Western powers, there’s probably nothing like a visual of burning chaos that they can blame on their enemy to get their supporters riled up for their cause.
What Actually Happened
On February 23rd, trucks from Western powers allegedly containing food and medicine arrived at a border crossing between Columbia and Venezuela that was actually closed and barricaded. The Venezuelan authority did not accept the trucks into the country, and whether or not they actually contained aid or something else is a matter of conjecture.
Then, one man among a group of activists opposed to Maduro on the Columbian side pelted a Molotov cocktail at the convoy, leading one of the trucks to catch fire. (See video below).
— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) 24 February 2019