Moral inversion
Posted by aogWednesday, 24 August 2005 at 22:38 TrackBack Ping URL

Winds of Change has a post about artistic propaganda in the USA during WWI. The author notes that such a campaign would not be possible today, if not outright counter-productive. He attributes this to cynicism but I think there’s a much worse reason, which is the Blame America First syndrome. I read this post shortly after I had been perusing the comments over here. Here you have people looking at the aftermath of suicide bombing attacks on civilians in Iraq. This seems to me to be very similar to that of the last few posters in the WoC post, the price paid by civilians from the enemies’ attrocities. Back then, the citizenry blamed the perpetrators. Now the blame America. I don’t grasp how one can be “sickened” and “haunted” by such images and then oppose the enemies of the people who did it, ask “why are we [America] doing this?”, or propose that we turn the Iraqi people over to such people. I did chuckle, though, at the one suggestion that if the American people weren’t so shielded from this horror, that they’d turn away from war and destruction. The Caliphascists doing this are hardly shielded from the horror yet it doesn’t seem to have had much effect. But I suppose if you think that Caliphascist suicide bombers are instruments of American terror against Iraqis that makes sense. What has happened to us that this kind of morally inverted reaction has such a grip on the citizenry? I suspect that it’s the cognitive pain of having to deal with a world where one is frequently tasked with performing the last bad task. Far better to pretend that it’s all our fault, because then we can stop it and not have to think about it anymore.

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