Necessary Illusions : Thought Control in Democratic Societies
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without comment in the Jerusalem Post. The Hebrew press told the story that had been omitted from the version offered to the foreign reading public. A soldier testified at the trial that “the humiliation and the beatings were because of the need to pass the time.” Another added that al-Shami’s protruding belly particularly amused the soldiers and was “a target for the beatings.” An officer testified that he had threatened to kill al-Shami because “his groans disturbed me”; “I shouted at him that
condemn Marxist-Leninist theory and practice in a manner far more serious and searching than will be found in Lewy’s pronouncements must be laboring to conceal their “hidden agenda.” Such techniques of Straussian interpretation, discerning hidden agendas whatever actual texts may say, is a most useful device for the guardians of authority and propriety. These methods provide an automatic “proof” for virtually any desired conclusion. If the conclusion is unsupported by any textual evidence, or
currency counterpart funds be used for rearmament (William Borden), thus also providing an indirect subsidy to U.S. military producers. The U.S. employs such “export subsidies (universally considered an ‘unfair’ trading practice) to preserve its huge Japanese market,” among other cases (Borden). The effect on Third World agriculture and survival has often been devastating. See Tom Barry and Deb Preusch, The Soft War (Grove, 1988, 67f.); Borden, Pacific Alliance, 182f.; and other sources. 22.
according to Ehud Ya’ari, 50 percent according to a “respected correspondent” cited by Middle East historian Augustus Richard Norton of the West Point Military Academy (Kol Ha’ir, Feb. 10, 1984; Middle East Journal, Summer 1985). 35. Editorial, Washington Post, April 22, 1982; see Fateful Triangle for further background; and Yaniv, op. cit., for justification of these operations. See also appendix I, section 2, above. 36. Harkabi, Israel’s Fateful Hour, 100-1. See appendix I, section 2. 37.
more effectively? … why haven’t we been more successful in the carrying out of our foreign policies in support of freedom …?” (my emphasis). Examples of our disturbing failures are cited, specifically Cuba, a “particularly painful [story] to the people and government of the United States. How could these dreadful things happen to and through a warm-hearted people only 90 miles off the Florida coast?” That Cubans generally share this assessment of Castro’s Cuba as compared with the good old days