It’s a well known tactic that in war you must demonize the enemy. It’s unnatural to attack another human being, and it takes a great deal of programming for most to work against their fellow man.
Similar to dehumanization and stereotyping, the propaganda technique of demonizing the enemy aims at evoking a very negative emotion by associating the “enemy” or opposing group as evil, immoral, subhuman, or barbaric. and end it with .
Example of Propaganda: Before Japan’s aggression in Manchuria and certainly before Pearl Harbor, the Japanese character was generally viewed as effeminate in the US. With the 1941 attack, the Japanese were quickly depicted as beastly, grotesque, and irrevocably foreign. While in other countries separation was made between the ruler and the people (as was the case with Mussolini and the Italians), atrocities were now ascribed to the Japanese people as a whole, including the Japanese-Americans who faced internment during the war.
In the first image, the Japanese are represented as a rat; in the second, we see the common theme sexual violence against women, in this case a bloodthirsty, subhuman Japanese soldier with an American woman, as fighting continues in the background.
Since I’m certain it’s the world’s intelligence agencies and their structures against the people, one wonders what kind of programming the average recruit must go through to make it his daily job to deceive the masses.
I’ve worked in retail before. After a while, you do begin to dislike your fellow man. Many people are rude, ignorant, and often you wish you could rid your situation of them. Later, you calm down and realize they are suffering just like you, perhaps worse. Your empathy kicks in, and you retreat to your passive state.
It’s that cycle of rationalization that must be broken. To remove that link to a get along must be quite an exercise. How many sign up for the military and realize they are going to war with their own people? Their own families? Their own children and their future?
How many would drop out on the spot, or ask to be transferred?
I am speculating out loud here, so all your thoughts on this most difficult of topics are welcome below.
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