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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Manufacturing Consent

Most people know about The Cambodian Killing fields, the 1975 genocide in which at least 200,000 people were executed the the Khmer Rouge and up to 2.2 million were killed as a result of starvation. People know about this because between 1975 and 1979 the New York Times wrote 1,175 column inches about the incident and this makes since because it was a horrible atrocity. However very few people have heard of the small island of East Timor where in 1975 Indonesia invaded the island where in a campaign of extreme violence and brutality where in approximately 200,000 East Timorese were slaughtered and up to 2.0 million died from hunger in result to the destruction of the countrys inforstructure. This event however only recived 70 column inches between the years of 1975 and 1979. So whats the diffrence between these atrocitys? The Khmer Rouge were comunists and the Indonesian government was run by a pro western despot whos army was suplied by gun shipments from the United States. Gun shipments that werent stoped after the invasion started but stept up and even though The UN Security Council had a unanimous vote for Indonesia to stop its invasion and to withdraw immediately from East Timor’s borders, it was blocked by the United States from imposing any economic sanctions or other means of enforcing this mandate.
So dose that make you think about the world that's shown to you. Democracy requires a free press, its all we have.