Understanding why some events are kept alive in our collective consciousness and others interred
By PRANAY SHARMA (Published October 17, 2011 in Outlook India)
As people across the world sniffled at the poignant ceremony commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, beamed live from Ground Zero in New York, few would have remembered the significance this date holds for the people of Chile. It was on September 11, 1973, that the democratically elected government of Salvadore Allende was dislodged through a coup, organised, ironically, at the behest of the CIA, an incident more or less effaced from the ‘globalised memory’. Few, too, would have muttered a silent prayer for the thousands who have perished in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, countries turned into veritable killing fields because of the war on terror that the Americans unleashed as retribution for the terror attacks.
Truly, power is about determining what people remember and what they forget. It’s a striking asymmetry.
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This film, titled “The Truth and Lies of 9/11” by Michael Ruppert, an author, investigative journalist and former LAPD officer investigates the real reasons behind the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Ruppert does not base his analysis on any sort of speculation about the 9/11 attacks, but on substantive evidence. A good book to read by Ruppert covering this subject is “Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil”.
“To a distraught, confused people whose pride has just been wounded, whose loved ones have been tragically killed, whose anger is fresh and sharp, the inanities about the “clash of civilisations” and the “good v evil” discourse home in unerringly. They are cynically doled out by government spokesmen like a daily dose of vitamins or anti-depressants. Regular medication ensures that mainland America continues to remain the enigma it has always been – a curiously insular people, administered by a pathologically meddlesome, promiscuous government”.
- Arundhati Roy, 'Brutality Smeared in Peanut Butter' (2001)
Full article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2001/oct/23/afghanistan.terrorism8
Sam Harris is an author, neuroscientist, and CEO of “Project Reason“, a foundation to promote scientific knowledge and secular values in society. Similar to Christopher Hitchens, he is a strong critic of religion, particularly of Christianity and Islam.
44% of Americans believe it is either “certain” or “probable” that Jesus will return to Earth within the next fifty years
– Sam Harris