Ignorance Is Strength
by Paul Craig Roberts
The American media’s one-sided and propagandistic coverage of the Iranian election has made an American hero out of the defeated candidate, Mousavi.
This leaves one wondering if anyone anywhere in the U.S. media or U.S. government knows that Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who served as prime minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran from 1981 to 1989, the decade following the overthrow of the American puppet government by Khomeini, has been fingered as the Butcher of Beirut, responsible for the bloody attacks on the U.S. embassy and Marine Corps barracks in Beirut during the Reagan administration that blew to pieces 241 U.S. Marines, Sailors, and Army troops.
According to Jeff Stein writing in the June 22, 2009, CQ Politics, Mousavi “personally selected his point man for the Beirut terror campaign, Ali Akbar Mohtashemi-pur,” who presided over the terror cell responsible for the attacks.
The National Security Agency had a tap on the Iranian ambassador to Lebanon, according to Admiral James Lyons, who was deputy chief of Naval Operations at the time. Admiral Lyons told Jeff Stein that “the Iranian ambassador received instructions from the foreign minister to have various groups target U.S. personnel in Lebanon, but in particular to carry out a ‘spectacular action’ against the Marines.”
Stein reports that Lyons “also fingered Mousavi for the 1988 truck bombing of the U.S. Navy’s Fleet Center in Naples, Italy.”
Bob Baer, a CIA Middle East field officer at the time, says that Mousavi “dealt directly with Imad Mughniyah,” the person responsible for both attacks.
All of these facts have gone into the Memory Hole. The U.S. media and government have turned Musavi, the bloody butcher of U.S. servicemen, into the would-be liberator of Iran from theocracy.
Only in America and in George Orwell’s fictional population in his predictive book, 1984, can we find such citizen ignorance.
Every day in America, a.k.a. Oceania, we see the growing power of Big Brother’s three slogans: WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.
From ignorance comes the strength to create a hero out of America’s terrorist enemy, Mousavi.
From freedom comes the protection provided by being constantly spied