toni solo from Nicaragua’s www.tortillaconsal.com reply to my comment that western populations are complicit in their government’s crimes in Africa, Latin America and Asia (original comment in full below):
The issue of the complicity of the general population of the imperialist countries in the crimes of their governments is in one sense very clear and beyond argument.
People in Europe and North America - at least since universal suffrage - have accepted the external transfer of the worst latent or potential domestic social costs of their countries' prosperity onto the peoples of Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Lenin only pointed out what was already well known when he noted the argument of Cecil Rhodes that aggressive colonial policies would minimize acute social conflict in Britain.
That also explains why, as the Christian philosopher Simone Weil wrote in one of her essays, Europeans were so shocked at the application of colonial savagery to themselves by Nazi Germany.
What Western apologists/moralists meant when, after the revelations of the death camps, they said "it must never happen again" was in fact "this must never happen again to us in Europe".
That BBC report and the complacent response to it is in effect a footnote confirming the profound complicity of European populations in general in the crimes of their governments.
It seems to me totally improbable that any correction to the criminal policies of the NATO countries will occur until they suffer a strategic setback either militarily or economically.
My original comment:
So the BBC are actually admitting that theirs and their NATO country media counterparts could have actually brought about TWO illegal aggressions both in Libya and Iraq. And no-one bats an eyelid. The role of the media is to be the eyes and ears of the public, not a war tool. That the BBC are admitting that they have been the latter and not the former shows to me how the western capitalist elite know so very well that the populations in their home countries have absolutely no interest in resisting their criminality, a criminality which they are very very very open about.
This further confirms my dreaded feeling that not only will we not see any real change brought about by peoples in the NATO countries (US and western Europe) but they will continue to be part of their elites efforts to sabotage genuine progressive and revolutionary change in the South.
BBC quote regarding its Libya coverage: "No doubt these reports, along with similar and in some cases more directly partisan ones in other media, helped stimulate empathy for the rebel cause among the British public, and thereby to facilitate, if not actually bring about, the NATO intervention – as similar reports had done in northern Iraq as long ago as 1991."
Full BBC report here