Washington, D.C.: September 11, 2011:
The first photo above shows 40 world leaders leading their publicity and security details on a solidarity march through Paris. Only if you were a bird or an aerial drone, however, would you have seen that the entire boulevard was actually closed to the millions of hoi polloi supposedly cheering them on. This ensured that the elite hides would be protected during their photo op in solidarity with the global military industrial complex. Here's what you were allowed to see in the news:
You can just imagine the throngs of adoring fans following in their wake, can't you? It's the magic of corporate media propaganda. I guess nobody could ever have predicted that a flying renegade sans culotte with a camera was apparently able to avoid the snipers on the roofs to allow a tiny ray of reality to get through.
Here's how the New York Times flat-out lied about the leaders' participation in the rally:
What crowd? What roar? The Times should be sued for journalistic malpractice.The world leaders — including President François Hollande of France, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority and Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain — joined the march in a solemn line. They moved slowly, clasping arms to show solidarity with the victims. The crowd roared in approval.
The Independent has more on the phony theatrics here. Ironically and appropriately enough, political cartoonists have been among the first to notice the hypocrisy.
Of course, political hypocrisy and co-optation of tragedy for personal and political and military gain is nothing new. The second staged photo from the top shows the entire US Congress jostling for camera position in order to bray God Bless America in solidarity with the plutocracy and the surveillance state. This was actually a made-for-TV tenth anniversary reprise honoring the mass murder than spawned a trillion-dollar war and surveillance state. It was restaged so that all of them could participate. As you might remember, Congress and the air were both in lock-down mode in the days and weeks following the actual attacks, and political photo-ops and political travel were both severely restricted. Between then and now, however, the Patriot Act saved our freedoms and made billions of dollars for corporations. The Homeland Security agency was created along with a spy apparatus so vast that no one official knows every moving part. None of the moving parts was able to stop the Paris massacre.
Meanwhile, some people are making a huge deal out of the fact that President Obama didn't travel to Paris to insert his own mug into the most recent photo-op. It brought a whole new meaning to "American Exceptionalism." And that is patently unfair, because he did send Neocon maven/Ukraine coup provocatesse Victoria Nuland in his place, along with his wealthy Ambassador/Campaign Bundler Jane Hartley. Secretary of State John Kerry, who is currently in India acting as Obama's advance man for another neoliberal marketing junket, bristled at criticism of Obama's failure to show up for the group Class Picture:
Mr. Kerry asserted that the charge was misplaced.
“The United States has been deeply engaged with France from the moment this horrific event took place,” Mr. Kerry said. “And I really think, you know, this is sort of quibbling a little bit.”
He noted that Victoria Nuland, the senior State Department official for Europe, joined the American ambassador to France in the march, along with other embassy officials.
Got that? Obama (choke) doesn't (hysterical laughter) do fake publicity schmaltz. He's the grownup in the global room, having spent his weekend coordinating with the spy and police state agencies to figure out, among other pressing matters, just how could all those drone strikes have failed to take out the terrorists of Paris while they were allegedly jihad-training in Yemen. Plus, he was probably busy coordinating with his CIA buddy John Brennan on the cover-up of the CIA's at least peripheral involvement in recruiting and/or training and/or arming the terrorists. Plus, even Obama probably realized that the presence of his imperial Drone King person would have been a provocation too far for the large population of poor, disaffected, jobless Muslim youth living in the de facto ghettos on the outskirts of Paris.“The president and our administration have been coordinating very, very closely with the French on F.B.I. matters, intel, law enforcement, across the board,” he said. “For the United States, that relationship is a constant, and it is ongoing.”
We have to spin the terrorism over here so we don't have to spin the terrorism over there.
Plus, thanks to its "coordination" with the American security apparatus, France is perfectly capable of taking care of itself and has wasted no time going into its own full-bore Post 9/11 mode:
Seeking to reassure a jittery and unsettled population after last week’s terrorist attacks, the French authorities said on Monday that thousands of police officers and soldiers would be deployed to protect Jewish schools and other “sensitive sites,” in one of the country’s biggest peacetime security operations.
I wonder if they'll also deploy Predator and Reaper drones, which have been nicknamed "flying guillotines." I can almost hear Robespierre's head cackling in his grave.The defense minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said that 10,000 soldiers would be deployed by Tuesday evening, in what he called “the first mobilization on this scale on our territory.”
I can all too easily envision Cheney holdover Victoria Nuland, dressed as Madame DeFarge, substituting bags of petits fours for knitting needles as she needles the masses into making a sharp right turn.
|Madame in Ukraine|
|Madame in Paris|