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Posted By: Jim McCallan
06-May-04 - 01:50 PM
Thread Name: BS: Militarism & the US culture of violence
Subject: RE: BS: Militarism & the US culture of violence
Well, perhaps you might enlighten me, then, as to where you think the evidence to support my claim, might lie?

I'm not excusing anything, here, in case that is what you think I'm getting at. I could well discuss Northern Ireland at length, and detail many injustices that were perpetrated there.
The reason I mentioned Castlereagh in the first place, was to acknowledge how a 'Hearts & Minds' campaign shouldn't be conducted.
We had the Nationalist population on our side in 1969; by the time Operation Motorman was over, all that was history, and it has taken until the recent past for us to appear as something of an 'honest broker' in this regard...., something that President Clinton and Tony Blair took very seriously, when they were in their hay-day.

Northern Ireland may not be the best example in the book to quote you; we made large scale public relations mistakes there. But I would venture to say that our experience there gave our top brass something to think about when formulating 'psy-ops'.

Playing 'The Ride Of The Valkyries' from loudspeakers attached to the gunships, doesn't cut it anymore.

Jim