Truth as the first bulwark PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 November 2010 14:41

The anger in some people’s psyche is very often beyond the understanding of ordinary minds. Let us consider  some deliberate acts taken in the past to illustrate this.

During WWII the government of Hitler undertook the gassing of some six  million  European Jews as the “final solution” to what was thought of as the Jewish problem.  This is one of the best documented efforts at  a systematic attempt  of mass elimination of a people. What led Hitler and his Nazi cohorts to carry this out is beyond the ordinary mind to comprehend.   Some 60 years later Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran, publicly claimed that the Holocaust  is a myth promoted by America and its Zionist friends. What led him to say this?

In  2001 the destruction of the Twin Towers in New York resulted in the death of 3000 people, not just Americans but also nationals of several other countries. The pilots of the two jets as well as those of two other planes were part of a cabal of Muslim extremists. What led them to think of this dastardly plot? The same Mr. Ahmadinejad of Iran, speaking at the General Assembly of the UN in New York in September 2010  said that the US government hatched the plot of 9/11 to have a reason to declare war on Iraq. What led Ahmadinejad to make this claim?

Where is all the anger of Mr. Ahmadinejad  coming from? And what is the degree of this anger that it can so cloud his reason? One can only guess. But the saddest part of this is that someone like Ahmadinejad , because he occupies the position he has now, is covered by the media when he makes these pronouncements and the coverage reaches a very large audience. Since many in the audience are not as critical as they should be they will accept what they hear as the truth and go away with a strong bias against Americans or whatever group may have been accused of a dreadful act by someone the likes of Ahmadinejad.

A friend  sent me a PowerPoint forward of photos taken at one of the Nazi death camps for Jews that had been liberated  towards the end of WWII in Europe. The photos showed prisoners emaciated to skin and bones; corpses of gassed prisoners piled up like so  many discarded rag dolls.  I mentioned to him that the Iranian president has publicly claimed the photos were of a myth.  My friend said that it is a sad fact of our world that personages occupy positions of power, get media following, and then use that position to spread untruths. How sad indeed.   

Many people in the world are still rather naïve about the power of media to influence the way we think. This is for me  a real danger. But controlling media presents an even  greater danger. Who is supposed to be the controller and what are the situations that call for the exercise of the control?  These are difficult questions to answer.

A singular devotion to truth is the very first bulwark against attempts of some, and especially those with power and intent,  to promote and or protect their vested interests. It is then very important for the adults in our society to share with the young a strong sense of obligation to truth.

By REMEDIOS F. MARMOLEÑO

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 November 2010 15:20