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(en) anarkismo.net: Thomas Friedman and the misinformation of "stupidity" by BrunoL (pt) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 22 Jan 2020 09:32:03 +0200


Daily we are surprised by the exaggeration in the arrogance and the ability to misinform, circulate the wrong ideas, in short, "lying with some style". ---- On January 3, 2020, even before the Iranian response to the terrorist act authorized by Empire President Donald Trump, the celebrated New York Times columnist and former editor, Thomas Friedman, produced an opinion piece that ran the westernized world. The English title is "Trump kills Iran's most overrated warrior". And the helpline says. "Soleimani pushed his country to build na empire, but drove it into the ground instead". (on this link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/03/opinion/iran-general-soleimani.html )
January 16, 2020, Bruno Lima Rocha (Bruno Baaklini in Arab-Lebanese descent)
We are daily surprised by the exaggeration in the arrogance and the ability to misinform, circulate wrong ideas, in short, "lying with some style". These techniques of manipulating massive audiences - although circular and often temporary - the Empire and its allies have been calling "narrative dispute or dispute over control of the narrative". As in all wars, the first victim is the truth, in the 4th generation hybrid war the pattern is the same. Let us look at an example of inversion of priorities and derogatory names to assert a false thesis, where those who react attack and those who attack become only "preventive".
On January 3, 2020, even before the Iranian response to the terrorist act authorized by Empire President Donald Trump, the celebrated New York Times columnist and former editor, Thomas Friedman, produced an opinion piece that ran the westernized world. The English title is "Trump kills Iran's most overrated warrior". And the helpline says. "Soleimani pushed his country to build na empire, but drove it into the ground instead". (on this link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/03/opinion/iran-general-soleimani.html )
In our country, the text by the author of the infamous ode to capitalist globalization, the neoliberal bestseller "The world is flat" (published in Brazil in 2005), was translated and published (posted) in the Folha de São Paulo newspaper and later reproduced in several publications on the internet. The Frias family's main vehicle circulated Friedman's idea - Thomas, who also advertised Milton, albeit in a covert way - when he affirmed the Iranian "stupidity". The Portuguese title is "Iranian general killed in American attack was stupid and overrated". (in this link: https://www1.folha.uol.com.br/mundo/2020/01/general-iraniano-morto-em-ataque-americano-era-burro-e-superestimado.shtml?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium= ... leaf )
When Friedman refers to Major-General Qasem Soleimani (1957-2020), he refers to the Persian state, considering that the military assassinated by order of Trump reported directly to the Supreme Leader, the Great Ayatollah Ali, so he is the highest country decision-making level. For him, Thomas, Iran would be "dumb" because it did not continue to take advantage of the good moment of economic growth resulting from multilateral negotiations coordinated by the UN. In these, the Barack Hussein Obama administration - with John Kerry at the head of the State Department - eased a major portion of the sanctions and economic blockade. Negotiations to control atomic research took place in 2015 - with the intense participation of Brazilian diplomacy at the time - implying an economic growth of 12% in 2016.
The "stupidity" would be not to follow the boom of its own economy with medium complexity and to "venture" to expand its role in regional politics in the Middle East. For Thomas Friedman, to be "smart" is to be "well behaved", in a quiet way, accepting the factual hegemony of Saudi Arabia and Israel, and not participating in conflicts where their main allies operate. Anyway, the "cleverness" would be to deliver enlarged Shiism to its own devices, including the relationship with Hezbollah in the defense of Lebanese national sovereignty. "Intelligence" could be helping to hand over Palestine to the treachery of the "National" Authority, the siege of Gaza and the occupation of most of the West Bank, including the theft of land and valuable water resources. "Witty", for Friedman,
I have seldom read anything so cynical, underestimating both the capabilities of the Persian state and overestimating "western" countries, among which Israel is included without being. In no way am I "defending" Iran from the ayatollahs unconditionally. I am critical - very critical by the way - of your domestic policy as I am opposed to the relationship with the Sunni majority in Syria. The defense of political democracy, religious freedoms, gender equity, ethnic-cultural federalism and a cooperative-based economy towards a socialist model suited to the Middle East is not echoed by Thomas Friedman's cynicism.
I insist that if it were a humanist criticism with intellectual honesty, it should separate the levels of analysis. The defense of social democracy in Iran does not prevent us from understanding some successes in its foreign policy. I wanted to see an Iran with full rights for men and women, Sunnis and Shiites, Persians, Arabs, Azeris, Balochis and Kurds. I just don't want to see an Iran destroyed by gringos and not even with a puppet government of the White House.
The New York Times columnist compares Iran with imperial strength in the region. In fact, Tehran exercises power, but this is the norm of international relations and not the exception. In general terms, the author of the book "From Beirut to Jerusalem" (published in 1989, easily found in Portuguese) criticizes the only one of the four regional powers (Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran) that directly faces the Western crusaders and does not adhere completely to the Russian-Byzantines.
Therefore, the "stupidity" said by Thomas Friedman is the sovereign will to exercise foreign relations by an independent country with a seat in the UN General Assembly. Or does the former editor of the most prestigious newspaper in the USA also consider that independent countries with a free will be "stupid", and the peoples of the world should resign themselves to subordinate conditions of peripheral capitalism?! Smart is the adhesion to the imperialism of the United States or who knows, the projection of China's imperial power is Russia?! Was Algeria's independence "stupidity" through its war of liberation? It is "stupid" to fight for the inalienable rights of about seven million Palestinians living under siege, military occupation and apartheid imposed by the State of Israel, the latter also being financed by Washington? Was it the "threatening" presence of Iran in Lebanon and Syria that "forced" Israel to influence the government of the Empire and change its policy in the region? The absurd argument contained in the text is this.
Does Thomas Friedman consider the Kingdom of Qatar 'stupid' to be asserting its independent foreign policy, coordinating commercial and productive efforts with both Iran and Turkey? Was it because of the columnist's "reasoning" that the existence of a very high quality communication conglomerate like Al Jazeera was "nonsense"?
According to Friedman's "logic", Kurdistan's Federalist and Socialist struggle is another "stupidity" since the Kurdish left needs to face at least two regional powers simultaneously. I could follow in different examples of this caricature of analysis, but I believe I have already achieved the objective.
Thomas Friedman does not want to analyze anything, it is pure propaganda war, dispute for control of the narrative and the presentation of "stories" packed by supposedly sophisticated prejudices of those who read it. Thomas Friedman's great "stupidity" is to overestimate his own versions, which, if true, are simply combined "leaks" from intelligence reports. Improve your performance, columnist of the Empire, because this forced misinformation did not succeed.
The first version of this article was originally published on Monitor do Oriente ( https://www.monitordooriente.com/ )
Bruno Lima Rocha (Bruno Baaklini of Arab-Lebanese descent) is a postdoctoral fellow in political economy, doctor and master in political science; professor in courses on international relations, journalism and law.
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