We shouldn’t have to risk our lives to tell the truth, but we do have to be brave enough to defy those who wish to seek out collusion in their latest bloody adventure in someone else’s country.
That means always challenging the official story, however patriotic that story may appear and however seductive and insidious it is, for propaganda relies on us in the media to aim its deceptions not on a far away enemy but at you at home.
It’s very simple, in this age of endless imperial wars, the lives of countless men, women and children depend on the truth, or their blood is on us.
“Never believe anything until it is officially denied”
In other words, those whose job it is to keep the record straight ought to be the voice of people, not power.
Not only has the Wikileaks saga exposed the duplicity of some governments and the power-brokers, the reaction to Wikileaks has been just as telling.
What is the point of a free press that is servile to powerful elites?
Instead of doing their jobs and asking the tough questions the Western media allowed the Iraq war to happen and even embedded themselves with the invading armies. This played right into the hands of the pentagon. Those very same media outlets look down their noses at the foreign press and mock their lack of freedom. The build up to the war on Iraq is now being repeated, again by the very same media organisations, but this time the ‘enemy’ is Iran.
Many ‘journalists’ have taken it upon themselves to criticise Julian Assange, the Wikileaks front man, as a traitor, or someone who isn’t really campaigning for free speech. They mock him and try and assassinate his character, instead of discussing the leaks and calling for the prosecution of politicians that are calling for Mr Assange’s kidnap or murder.
A dishonest media is no better than no media at all.
If you missed John Pilger’s documentary “The War You Don’t See”, it’s available to view on the ITV website for the next month.