Greenwald compares living with propaganda in the lead up to Russian invasion of Ukraine, with September 11, 2001 in terms of how media is played to condition popular consciousness.
Greenwald unpacks how war propaganda plays out in public consciousness and demonstrates why being knowledgeable about history, earlier cases of malfeasance, is important for making sense of events that are cloaked in propaganda.
Headline reads: War Propaganda About Ukraine Becoming More Militaristic, Authoritarian, and Reckless
Every useful or pleasing claim about the war, no matter how unverified or subsequently debunked, rapidly spreads, while dissenters are vilified as traitors or Kremlin agents.
Greenwald writes: “I also quickly realized that millions of Americans — either due to age or previous political indifference — began paying attention to politics for the first time in 2016 due to fear of Trump, and thus knew little to nothing about anything that preceded it. Such people had no defenses against the propaganda narrative and deceitful tactics because, for them, it was all new. They had never experienced it before and thus had no concept of who they were applauding and how such official government/media disinformation campaigns are constructed. Each generation is thus easily programmed and exploited by the same propaganda systems, no matter how discredited they were previously….
[The purpose of this essay] is, instead, intended to urge the recognition of what the effects of being immersed in one-sided, intense and highly emotionalized war propaganda are — effects on your thinking, your reasoning, your willingness to endorse claims or support policies, your comfort with having dissent either banished or inherently legitimized. Precisely because this propaganda has been cultivated over centuries to so powerfully and adeptly manipulate our most visceral reactions, it is something to be resisted even if — perhaps especially if — it is coming from the side or viewpoint you support.”
As an added bonus: here is a chronology of events by author Kit Knightly from OffGuardian of the history of NATO and Russian tensions over Ukraine.