By Tim Giago
Similar articles in the media and speeches in the mosques in the Nations of Islam expressed similar views of Americans. This laid the groundwork for 9/11. A lie repeated often enough becomes a fact in the minds of impressionable people. Indians are savages, Americans are infidels and Arabs are heathens. Do you see how this logic works?
Just as the Crusaders believed it was their Christian duty to conquer and kill those Arabs they considered as sub-humans and heathens, so too did America duplicate their misguided logic against the First Americans. The people of the Islamic Nations never forgave nor forgot. The Indian people have largely forgiven, but they have not forgotten. The Christians of the Crusade de-humanized the Arabs, the early Americans de-humanized the Indians and the People of Islam now de-humanize Westerners. It is a vicious cycle that is centuries old.
Just as news stories and movies about Arabs portrayed them as less than human, so did the media portray the indigenous people of America. Their lives then became expendable and meaningless and therefore easily sacrificed for what is believed to be a greater cause. Westerners are now fitted into this same category by the Islamic terrorists.
Regardless, Giago has succinctly explained how a society's propaganda machines work to demonize the people's enemies. Europeans began that process with Indians five centuries ago. We continued that process with blacks and other unwanted immigrants. Now we're doing it to Muslims while they do it to us.
Of course, there's at least one key difference. A small group of Muslim terrorists has attacked Americans on US soil once. In contrast, the US has invaded the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq and bombed Somalia, Sudan, and Libya, killing hundreds of thousands of innocent people, while supporting Israel's illegal occupation of Arab territory. Muslims have good reason to dislike Americans, if not the other way around.
Anyway, this helps explain how we came to label Osama bin Laden, a real terrorist, with the codename "Geronimo," someone considered a terrorist at the time. And why we didn't choose a codename such as "Andrew Jackson," "Jefferson Davis," or "Harry Truman," who killed more civilians in one action (Hiroshima) than anyone in history. Everyone defines themselves as freedom fighters or heroes and the other guys as terrorists or villains.
For more on the subject, see Bin Laden, Geronimo, and King and Alternatives to "Geronimo" Codename.
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