US govt. systematically distributing anti-Islam film: Analyst
Outraged anti-American protests by the entire Muslim world against US interference are opposite to the public relations narrative fed to Western populations.
Press TV has conducted an interview with anti-war activist and radio host Don Debar to further discuss the coordinated effort of the recently released Israeli/US-made anti-Islam movie and how various parties are taking advantage of the reaction to it.
The news analysis also hears opinions from author and Islamic Studies expert, Kevin Barrett and senior editor of Veterans Today, Gordon Duff. What follows is an approximate transcript of the interview.
There are many things that are being said about this and who is behind it and why. Let’s look at it from the beginning. Do you think that this has been set up to begin with, to cause this type of outrage and if so what do you think the underlying goal is?
It’s quite possible that it’s intended, you have to consider the fact that it comes from the United States, which is the home of and the inventor of the concept of Total Information Management. So, the release of it, the dissemination of it... I mean, I can release a film tomorrow that said anything about anyone and most people would never hear of it. It also got wide play and that doesn’t happen by accident, so...
But there’s a coordinated effort in a number of cities including New York, for example at the Metropolitan Transit Authority, where suddenly there are these billboards going up that say 19,250 deadly Islamic attacks since September 11, 2001, it’s not Islamophobia it is Islamorealism. This is being distributed on billboards at all of the Metropolitan New York area train stations at the same time that this is happening.
So, there may well be, or apparently there is some sort of a coordinated public relations effort, slandering Muslims and Islam. The purpose of that, one possibility is the fact that there are real material reasons for people to rise up in all of the places that we’re seeing these uprisings recently: Libya, Egypt, and just about every place on the list and the US has no narrative to explain those things because we supposedly brought democracy to Libya; supposedly there’s democracy now in Egypt. Yemen is our pal, etc etc.
So they need to have some sort of a catalyst that explains the fact of thousands and thousands of people in the street and that may be the reason to match the reality of the condition on the ground for the American public in terms of public relations. That’s one possibility.
Another possibility is that this is some sort of a false flag operation and one beneficiary of that is the Obama administration who suddenly has the presidential campaign discussion centering on foreign policy, instead of on the economy, where he’s extremely weak. I can go into that in more detail later.
We know the situation that the American Ambassador was killed there in Libya and now we have the US talking about or sending warships there and marines. How likely is this whole scenario some kind of false flag operation for them to get back into Libya and the other countries for example like Egypt or Yemen? Tell me your take on that side of things.
I think it’s very likely. Just as an aside and very quickly I want to say that my orientation about what the situation is with Zionism is that it is a tactic of late-stage capital imperialism and not the engine driving the entire planet.
That said and I’ve been to Libya also and I’ve met Gaddafi also - I don’t believe Gaddafi was an agent of Israel in any way whatsoever - I know that’s not exactly what Gordon Said he was saying he kind of walked the tightrope line, but I think that the offense of Gaddafi to American policy and to the extent they have influence and there is some, Israeli policy, was in fact that he was a friend of the Palestinians.
And the role that he played in Africa for example Nelson Mandela said that he was one of the great heroes of the fight against apartheid when he declined Bill Clinton’s instructions to not meet with Gaddafi back in the mid 1990s.
If you look at the fact that there is a total control of the media in this country (the US), I wouldn’t necessarily say it is by Israel that were Zionists, but certainly by some group that identifies with the power elite here and or is part of it.
The release of this at the same time that you have these A-prior conditions that would already give rise to people going into the streets; and in Libya the fact that there was a nine and a half month bombing campaign that leveled their country conducted against them by the United States just last year, that a good portion of the country is still in the hands of essentially what they call 'green loyalist' or the real Libyan National Resistance.
There is a need to explain this and the fact that they can’t even, the so-called government, still can’t even hold a press conference in Tripoli without having it at the airport with the military surrounding it. There needs to be something consistent with the narrative there to explain to the American people as these things happen and why there is a need to send marines in for example.
Likewise in Egypt - You have had fortunately over the duration of the Egyptian revolution since January of 2011, the people that did not go home and go back to watching television; they’ve stayed in the streets to guide their revolution and at various points where the power elite, whether it was the military that claimed to be friends of the people and sitting on their guns at the beginning; then the elected parliament and President Morsi there has been a vector between the center of gravity politically of the people there and the actions of the government.
The people have gone back into the street and in the last couple of weeks you had both an expression from Morsi towards Israel, which is definitely not where the center of political gravity is in Egypt and then the expression of solidarity essentially with the American position in Syria, which is also not where those people go and so an explosion was bound to come anyway and in my opinion this movie is being released now to provide political cover for the real things going on on the ground in those places that are not consistent with the American narrative.