Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Hysteria

Some interesting stuff by Simon Jenkins in the Guardian about Obama , B.P. and politically convenient hysteria generally .



"Hardly a day passed without the president castigating BP, the hated "British Petroleum" – never its American site operators, Transocean and Halliburton, or his own regulators. It was a field day for xenophobes. The president used the sort of language normally visited on global terrorists. He was going to "get BP" and make them "pay for this". It was another Hurricane Katrina, but one that could thankfully be blamed on foreigners. A Louisiana seafood supplier declared: "If I had a bomb, I would put it on London" – which would have him in Guantánamo Bay if he were Muslim and speaking of New York. Foreigners had raped America. It was they, they, they …



Now, mysteriously, Obama speaks of we, we, we … who "have this thing under control""
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"The imperative to exploit public fear is as old as power itself, but modern media give it a new menace. It enables leaders to suppress the dictates of reason and, however briefly, mesmerise the public into obedience. In 2003 Tony Blair decided to show off by sending 400 Household Cavalry in tanks to Heathrow "to counter terrorism", as a preliminary to a blitz of legislation curbing civil liberty. The image of a city under siege wiped millions off Britain's tourism account, but Blair got his legislation."
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"There was no threat to Britons, or the world, proportionate with the response to last spring's ash cloud, swine flu, Osama bin Laden or, for that matter, to liquids in carry-on flight bags. Europe's airport giants are even now wrestling with the question of whether a camembert is a "liquid".

The great conflation of fear – often egged on by "the science" – is the result of government gladly allowing itself to go mad for a day, to raise a fear, glean a headline or win a budget rise. Obama grotesquely exaggerated the oil threat to advance his personal and party cause. He is now struggling to downplay it."

3 comments:

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Dark Lochnagar said...

Very intersting comments by the first two. Obama will only do what he is told by his masters, the bankers. It's in his interest and theirs' to create xenophobia.