PARIS ATTACKS: Analysis of the effects on opinion, and why they are a catalyst rushing us towards barbarity

tryptichparis151115In Part I of a special double-header today, The Slog analyses reactions to the Paris attacks, and the major influences in recent history that have shaped them. Part II will appear later today

Whatever the ‘élites’ might be doing Behind Your Back, they can always rely on the many publics in the West to display mass maudlin grief about any and every catastrophe or atrocity: it is a faux ‘human solidarity’ that must give them a warm feeling in the trousers as they orchestrate it – as they occasionally do.

I’ve no idea what the ‘Je suis’ is going to be this time, but the candlelit vigils are already visible from outer space. So too (with remarkable efficiency) embassies everywhere managed to put on tricouleur displays of striking consistency. US football teams came out bearing French flags….minus only the sub-head ‘Cheese-eating Surrender-Monkeys no more’. The Marseillaise will be played at all Liga 1 Italian football games today. And of course ‘World leaders unite in revulsion at horrors of Paris attack’. Yesterday evening I watched as one cynical, two-faced and dissembling politician after another, on every media channel available, expressed revulsion, horror, shock, horror, revulsion….and a rejection of this attack upon their moral value system that must be answered with, um, something. Borders, bombs, more security, invasions and God knows what.

And yet the vast majority of people reading this post today will dub me tasteless, cycnical and lacking in sensitivity. In point of fact, I am very sensitive on the issue of having my pc attacked 30 seconds after posting last night’s piece…for the seventh time in under three years. Some minutes later, I put this up at Twitter:

mehellwatertweetAn hour later still, my keyboard switched back from gibbledigobbley to English without rebooting. Come all ye techies reading now/ and tell me whatTF and how.

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Calmer this morning and given time to sift all the evidence available to date, I can give my view on who was definitely involved in the latest Paris attacks, and who might have had a hand in it….but not assertions or cast-iron conclusions. Because in this, the Age of Uncertainty, such is no longer possible. Other considerations have to be considered which, along with time, might point a finger more accurately – but probably won’t. But first, we need to assess the effects of uncertainty, and try to sort out the chickens from the eggs.

I posted last week about the rise and rise of SSRI anti-depressant consumption, especially in the ‘Anglo-Saxon’ world. Half a century ago, tranquilisers like valium were dished out to patients before it was fully realised that these are themselves depressant in nature; but depression is usually closely linked to anxiety (conscious or otherwise) and so most contemporary SSRIs have an anxiolitic in them – a tranquilising element that is, thankfully, not addictive.

Since the 2008 can-kicking jamboree, most people who think about anything more than the next meal or TV talent show have struggled to be optimistic. This is not a generalisation; I spent part of Fridday afternoon trawling through confidence indices about business, debt, life in general and the future in particular over the last decade. Most people when asked are anything from neutral to pessimistic on all those dimensions; in particular, they worry about how their kids will cope in the world we are insouciantly creating for ourselves.

However, I would contend that, within all this uncertainty, there is one thing I find  the most worrying aspect of all. This is the friction caused in most Western societies between massive uncertainty – about almost every element of life – rubbing against a growing desire of citizens to form themselves into tribes, membership of which demands total belief. I suspect that the latter may well be a reaction to the former….but either way, the inability to debate is fracturing our culture, and close to destroying our civilisation. The Paris attacks represent the worst kind of catalyst for this accelerating process.

Why is there uncertainty?

The simple answer here is lying, naivety and the internet –  with all three feeding off the other like an eternal triangle.

In one of his best-ever routines, the satirical comedian George Carlin said “I have a simple rule when dealing with the Government – I don’t believe a word they say….not one f**kin’ word”. Harsh but fair, I think. It was one of Dick Nixon’s aides (Haldeman as I recall) who came up with the term ‘plausible deniability’ – a classic case of US corporate euphemism with, between the lines, “Only lie when you think you can get away with it”.

But that was 44 years ago when Americans still had BS detectors factory-fitted. Today – most notably when it comes to ClubMed austerity in the EU, the UK’s economy and US ‘recovery’ – the average politician holds electorates in such low regard, the plausibility element is simply dropped. Jeremy Hunt – “I have done nothing wrong” – David Cameron – “If I can’t bring back the EU reform package we need, I will campaign for us to leave” and Wolfgang Schäuble – “Only today we receive news that Portugal is out of recession and Greece is bouncing back” – are among the worst offenders. So devalued is the public pledge today, nobody can be assured that the statement is either true or genuine; the majority, indeed, assume the opposite.Thus there is uncertainty.

Set against that majority, however, are the passive acceptors: Duane Tattoo and his partner Shirl Talent in Walsall, alongside Darryl and Abbi Dunwell in the Southern Counties. By nature apathetic and apolitical respectively, they just want things to remain as a sufficiency at the bottom and getting better in the middle. This is already not the case, but they are easily persuaded by the authorities….or, failing that, believe things will get better once Labour’s back in. The lying breeds the naivity, and naivity breeds acceptance.

Sooner rather than later, the blasé expressions of confidence from on High prove to have been anything from spin via misrepresentation to obfuscation…and so in order for them not to appear as what they were – lies – extenuating facts, denials, and looking at it from another angle are thrown in – just as the Opposition points out that the objective was wrong in the first place, and when it comes to that real objective – equality, employment, lower reoffending rates and so on – we’re in a worse position than we were three years ago.

The desired confusion is now complete, but just to be on the safe side two biased sets of media mud-throwers wade into the anarchy. All is unknown, and nothing is real….except near-universal confusion. And confusion breeds uncertainty.

This was bad enough before IT in general and internet blogging came into our lives. But now they’re here, a million vindictive genies formerly locked harmlessly in attics are out there and yelling their deranged heads off: about paedophiles, about Madeleine McCAnn, about UKIP, about Anna Raccoon, about Obama’s nationality and, well, pretty much everything about which they know nothing but claim everything.

Not only does this add to the uncertainty and solidify the tribalism (Are you a warmist or a denier?) it also gives a copper-plated coating to the politician’s already brass neck on the subject of personal liberty. Without the current crop of anti Masonic, Semitic, Common Purpose, Russia, Israel, Men crusaders out there, David Cameron and Theresa May would not have been able to get their brazenly authoritarian NVE ‘legislation’ through – and the old scallywag McAlpine would have been unable to pull off his quite astonishing perversion of justice two years ago….a manipulation that has seen the BBC on the defensive since, and helped the Newscorp CEO Rebekah Brooks get off.

From uncertainty comes the natural human retreat behind the stockade, from which to lob bigotry of increasingly homoaeopathic content. But the final dimension – and here it is sowing anxiety primarily among the more watchful and balanced observer of events – is the somewhat unfortunate fact that some at first sight utterly loopy-loo conspiracy theories involving those ill-defined but self-defined ‘élites’ turn out to be rock-solid fact. Worse still, the lunatics – who by and large had nothing whatever to do with revealing these genuine plots – cite them as further reasons to believe their ideas about a repitilian master race. But then, when you’re mad, this is called ‘joining up the dots’.

The manipulation of gold’s tracker price and the libor rate – the latter blessed by no less a mendacious mélange than the arsenic and old lace in Threadneedle Street – were first emitted by the blogosphere: but the bloggers concerned had technical knowledge and skilled experience upon which to draw. Also there were no little boys, BBC DJs and pop stars involved, so the effect was, as always, marginalised. Today, no more than – at the most – ten per cent of electorates in the West understand enough to even speculate about why gold is being repressed, pointless QE is still practised, Zirp continued ad nauseam, and austerity forced upon the luckless citizens of ClubMed.

For that group, the fear/frustration/uncertainty siren is now at full volume, but for the rest it is just as impenetrable as that perfect oxymoron ‘financial services” always was. “It’s all Greek to me” they sigh. And sadly, so do the Greeks.

Spin, Naivety, Apathy, Frenzy and Uncertainty, as it happens spell SNAFU. The history of the last few years from Ukraine via the euro to bombings and migrant disasters would indeed suggest that Snafu is what happens when those enjoying life at the Top think they have no need to listen to the citizenry. But the real, ultimate bottom line here is this: none of us can ever be sure of the Truth.

After lunch today, I’ll be posting Part II of this overview, in which I hope to suggest some balanced likelihoods in relation to the who and why of the latest Paris attacks. My core criteria will be winners, motives, crisis aperture, and policy acceptance . Stay tuned.

15 thoughts on “PARIS ATTACKS: Analysis of the effects on opinion, and why they are a catalyst rushing us towards barbarity

  1. Now we’re all in this eu together apparently – with leaders who just don’t have the experience – as history will show.
    It is strange how obedient everyone was in the concert – told to lie down before being shot. Why is this? Other places, we look at each other, wink, and take them on hand to hand. Yes, the first wave are eviscarated by the belt bombs, and then the rest deal with the situation.Wherever this goes – the war is coming.

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  2. JW,

    “electorates in the West understand enough to even speculate about why gold is being repressed”

    I may be wrong …

    for me gold is repressed and paper ETF’s is the mechanism to fix the price, because if they did not the true manipulation and debasement of fiat currency especially in the west would be revealed for all to see. Anything that can be used to measure more accurately the central bank actions will never be allowed. I do feel this though, the number may be few, but more are waking up to the fact of what is going on and any dsitraction will be created to remove the watching eyes.

    Hence my mum detests Cameron as a turncoat as do I, he really is not very good at deception if anything it becomes blatantly obvious. He offered a referendum to get elected, but if he could he would deny it just as quick, as for attempting to change anything … one thing Cameron should ask for, “hell no demand”, the EU / EZ to produce a proper set of audited books for once … Is that too much to ask for?

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  3. To counteract the unbelievers in Govt issued B..S the CIA ‘dirty tricks ‘ department came up with the term ‘conspiracy theorist’.
    This is a play directly out of the book of Edward Louis Bernays ‘Propaganda’. Discredit,demonise ,deride and degrade your opponent.
    “•The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.
    The few who are aware of the manipulations of Govt via their control of the MSM communications are always going to be fighting an uphill battle.
    Fear,Uncertainty, Doubt (FUD) are the tools of Creative Tension. These were the objectives of the well known Operation Gladio,put into operation after WW2.
    This Creative Tension gives a Govt the ability to introduce yet more repressive laws. Indeed the citizens will beg for them.
    Those gullible citizens who believe that “our government would never kill its own people” have much understanding to gain from knowledge of Operation Gladio and Northwoods Project, about which much information is available on the Internet and in parliamentary investigations and officially released secret documents.

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  4. To counteract the unbelievers in Govt issued B..S the CIA ‘dirty tricks ‘ department came up with the term ‘conspiracy theorist’.
    This is a play directly out of the book of Edward Louis Bernays ‘Propaganda’. Discredit,demonise ,deride and degrade your opponent”.
    The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.
    The few who are aware of the manipulations of Govt via their control of the MSM communications are always going to be fighting an uphill battle.
    Fear,Uncertainty, Doubt (FUD) are the tools of Creative Tension. These were the objectives of the well known Operation Gladio,put into operation after WW2.
    This Creative Tension gives a Govt the ability to introduce yet more repressive laws. Indeed the citizens will beg for them.
    Those gullible citizens who believe that “our government would never kill its own people” have much understanding to gain from knowledge of Operation Gladio and Northwoods Project, about which much information is available on the Internet and in parliamentary investigations and officially released secret documents.

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  5. I totally agree with your piece and are looking forward to part 2. It is extremely difficult to describe the phenomenon we are seeing in words, but you have done it. Something does not make sense, the fact that even people who are interested in the ways of the world cannot fully understand what our glorious leaders are playing at says it all.

    It is surely a propaganda war, ive never really lived through one this blatant, perhaps the run up to WW2 was similar? I suppose you had to be there to understand it properly.

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  6. Something very weird going on with the comments. When the “post comment” button is pressed, it changes to “posting comment”, the page refreshes but the comment does not appear. I assume that is why SL’s comment appeared twice. Is there a simple explanation for this?

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  7. @Anonymous

    Interesting. The video you linked to shows extremely similar scenes to this one.

    The celebration at Tooting Beck underground station of the Pakistani cricket team winning the 20-20 tournament uploaded on August 30 2009.

    Where have I seen similar tactics before I wonder? Reuters/CNN in 2001 anyone?

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  8. The Saudis are sitting on 60% of the world’s oil and all the power and influence that goes with it.

    There is a lot of money being made world-wide that relies on that oil flowing. There’s a lot of political careers that rely on the money that is made because the oil keeps flowing.

    The Iraq war taught the Americans that taking out an oil producing nation interrupts that oil production for some considerable time. Therefore a similar attack on Saudi Arabia would not be advisable…. at the present time.

    A policy of appeasement of Saudi demands has been adopted. Saudi Arabia knows that their own power is reliant on a fundamentalist Islam. They are afraid of the modern world. Information is very harmful to fundamentalist religions, and the modern world of SATV and the internet is a constant stream of information for the taking. Put simply it tells the Arab world that the USA is broadly Christian and wealthy, Europe is broadly secular and wealthy and Muslim nations are dirt poor. It doesn’t take a genius to join the dots and start questioning Islam and the position of the Saudi Royal family.

    The Muslims (those who freely self-identify as such) would like the modern world to simply stop (apart from those parts of it that they happen to like, such as Toyota pick-up trucks and AK47s) which is why they seem to have developed a love-in for more medieval times.No more internet and no more SATV and no more Richard Dawkins and no more Christian evangelists making trouble for Islam. They like ISIS. ISIS is following medieval sharia law. All muslims like that – they believe our rejection of sharia marks us out as followers of satan. It really is that black and white for them. There are no “moderate” Muslims – they intend to force us to their way of thinking, because that’s what Mohammed would have done.

    Sunni and Shia Muslims know that Mohammed spread Islam by a combination of migration and warfare. This proceeded even faster after his death, and the histories of Mohammed’s immediate followers have almost as much influence as Mohammed himself (just as the teachings of St Paul have as much influence over Christians as the gospels). Migrating all over the world, having large families and waging jihad by violent means is encouraged in Sunni and Shia Islam.

    So why have western governments not called a halt to all this? They must be advised by MI5 and others of the dangers of Islam? Because they want Saudi oil and the Saudis are promoting the migration – so western governments have allowed it to continue. They have also backed away from clamping down on Muslims for fear of enraging the Saudis. They have not implemented the kind of pressure on the Muslims that they did to contain the threat of IRA terrorism. So it continues, Islamic immigration and increasing violence. At the same time if the Saudis click their fingers demanding war against the Shia in the middle-East, Western governments will oblige.

    So does the West intend to allow this situation to persist forever?

    No.

    Fracking is intended to make us less dependent on Saudi oil

    AGW is a “cover” for making the west less dependent on Saudi oil

    Turning corn into bio-ethanol is a cover for making us less dependent on Saudi oil

    Meddling in Nigeria and Venezuela was at least intended to make us less dependent on Saudi oil.

    The peace agreement with Iran is intended to get Iran on-side until Saudi Arabia can be dealt with – the US doesn’t want to be fighting on two fronts.

    Oil in Saudia Arabia is likely to decline significantly sometime after 2030. After that it is finished. The Saudis are pushing their Wahhabinist beliefs world wide like crazy because they know their time is short. When the oil runs out so does the money, and the power and influence.

    Once the Islamic countries cease to be major players in the world-wide demand for energy for motive purposes, the policy of appeasement will end.

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  9. It didn’t take long for Hollande to send in the fighter-bombers to blast the reachable parts of Raqqa to bits. Then what? A nice solid retaliation is politically required, but had the doughty Francois thought that another few hundred thousand Syrians will be coming his way in the next couple of months? Perhaps we should all echo the good Frau Doktor and invite the whole of Syria to share our rather crowded homelands. Without limit, and accompanied by all the chancers from the destitute African countries, that is, nearly all of them.

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