G. in Baghdad

G. in Baghdad

I don’t know what to think about G. Salam Pax he isn’t, and that is a good thing. He isn’t a refined writer, but I think that if he was a little less stream-of-conciousness I might suspect what he has to say.

I like his analogy in this post:

Here in Iraq every citizen was provided -since the early days of the regime- with a whole set of lies that gradually became the foundation on which you would build your perceptions of the world outside.
Consequently you end up with two channels, a “channel reality” that is off the air most of the times and “channel rhetoric” a mixture of self-denial, conspiracy theory [apologia] and propaganda.
Of course we shouldn’t blame Saddam and his lies based tyrannical regime only, this phenomenon has its roots deep in our cultural/religious history.
I’d really like to see a plain-English look into this phenomenon, because it isn’t exclusive to Iraq or totalitarian regimes. I’ve seen the same sort of thing from racial bigots, white and black; I’ve seen it is political demagogues, left and right, and I’ve seen it in my own family when it comes to this or that black sheep. I think this is some defense mechanism deep in our minds, and it is disturbing to see an entire culture grasping at a defense mechanism.

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