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Arafat - Wisdom From an Israeli Peace Activist
28 Jun 2002
By URI AVNERY- Internationally known Israeli journalist - Elected 3 times to the Israeli Knesset (parliament) Israeli Army service in the legendary commando unit, Samsonís Foxes (wounded twice inaction) Peace activist who has received numerous peace awards. Visit his website in Israel for all his insightful, honest reports. New each Sunday!



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URI AVNERY - Internationally known Israeli journalist - Elected 3 times to the Israeli Knesset (parliament) Israeli Army service in the legendary commando unit, Samsonís Foxes (wounded twice inaction) Peace activist who has received numerous peace awards. Visit Link above for latest report

Break the Head

Many years ago I got interested in a field of military activity called Psychological Warfare, in which all the armies in the world invest considerable resources.

Psychological warfare is the opposite of propaganda. Propaganda tries to convince the other side that we are right. Psychological warfare does not try to convince anybody, it is an instrument of war like the air-force or the armored corps. Its aim is to break the enemy and compel him to submit to our will. If propaganda is honey, psychological warfare is prussic acid.

To achieve this aim, this field uses psychological means in order to break the enemy apart and sow suspicion and distrust between its parts. The main objective is to destroy the person leading the enemy, i.e. break the head: to undermine the trust in him and to get his fighters, followers and the world at large to hate him.

How does one do this? The manuals describe the methods:

The leader of the enemy is corrupt. He sends his fighters to their death while he himself enjoys life. He steals the people's money and hides it in foreign bank accounts. His henchmen are a gang of thieves, who lead a life of luxury in hotels around the world, while the ordinary people go hungry. The leader is a contemptible, loathsome, brutal, effeminate, tyrannical, ridiculous figure.

These stories are repeated thousands of time, they are planted in "neutral" foreign media, so that they come back from "objective" sources.

Does this sound familiar?
See also:
http://www.avnery-news.co.il/english/index.html
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