Selling an Invasion? Consult Joseph Goebbels

The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.
— George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair, 1903-1950)

Since the US-UK project on Syria is back, invoking Syria’s President as Hitler – as previously, Slobodan Milosevic, Saddam Hussein, and Colonel Gaddafi in earlier “Crusades” – it is instructive to note how the ludicrous claims mirror the strategy of Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s  Reich Minister of Propaganda.

Goebbel’s was a master of Hitler’s instruction in Mein Kampf.

If you are going to tell a lie, tell a big one and if you tell if often enough, people will begin to believe it.

Restriction by any moral code was not in Goebbels’ DNA. He used his position in the Nazi hierarchy to influence newspapers, radio broadcasts, even cinema, theaters, art galleries. Today the latter three are less necessary since there is television, the internet and numerous social networks to be infiltrated. In essence, “Goebbels used all media, education and communications to further propagandist aims.”

Hitler’s “gleichshaltung” strategy involved coordinating the entire population behind the leader, government and policy.

Goebbels’ nineteen tenets for advancing State propaganda included:

• Propaganda must facilitate the displacement of aggression by specifying the targets for hatred.

• A propaganda theme must be repeated, but not beyond some point of diminishing effectiveness.

• Propaganda to the home front must create an optimum anxiety level.

• Propaganda must affect the enemy’s policy and action … by goading the enemy into revealing vital information about himself.

President Al-Assad, demonized, presenting no threat the FUKUS marauders (France, UK, US) his eye-wateringly beautiful, ancient nation, including two of the believed longest continually inhabited cities on earth, irreparably damaged by terrorists paid in $ bills, has been forced to reveal and rid of his defensive protection. The same game played with Iraq and Libya, as written widely recently.

The Goebbels hand book must be well thumbed, marked, highlighted, with multiple page corners inward bent by now, in Washington, London and Paris.

Apart from the spectacular failure this time round at “coordinating the entire population behind the leader, government and policy”, given public hostility to an illegal attack on Syria, it seems to be Third Reich business as usual.

Never forget the US and UK governments spinnning the non-existent Iraq weapons of mass destruction programme, embellishing it further in 2002 by stating Iraq was importing uranium for weapons from Niger, a piece of propaganda blown out of the water by former Ambassador, Joseph Wilson.

Iraq, of course – had they had a weapons programme – had massive deposits of uranium of their own, first discovered by the British in the 1950s. They had no need, with uranium under their feet,  to go to Niger. Fascinating detail to the near limitless lies and spin can be found in Imad Khadduri’s “Iraq’s Nuclear Mirage”, a lesson for our time.

Bearing all the above in mind, consider the headline which screamed from the (London) Independent on September 2nd: “Revealed: UK Government let British company export nerve gas chemicals to Syria.” Further, “UK accused of ‘breath-taking laxity’ over export licence …”

Other papers hysterically trumpeted similar. On September 7th, The Daily Mail’s banner headline read: “Britain sent poison gas chemicals to Assad: Proof that the UK delivered Sarin agent to Syrian regime for SIX years” (from 2004 to 2010 they state.)

The export licence to which the the Independent refers, was granted in January 2012. The “nerve gas” and “poison gas” the UK had exported and also granted a license for in January last year, were sodium chloride and potassium chloride.

Apart from controversies about its use in water and toothpaste, near compulsory by most Western governments and to the mega financial advantage of pharmaceutical companies:

This medication is used to prevent cavities. It makes teeth stronger and more resistant to decay caused by acid and bacteria.

Sodium fluoride Oral is used to treat the following:
Tooth Decay Prevention (and) may also be used to treat:
Prevention of Tooth Plaque, Inflammation of the Gums.”

It is taken “by mouth, usually once daily as directed by your doctor/dentist.
The dosage is based on your age and the fluoride content in your water supply.


… the National Institutes of Medicine, Food and Nutrition Board recommends adults take in 3 mg of fluoride daily … sodium fluoride is used in small concentrations in both toothpaste and drinking water. A variety of industrial applications also use sodium fluoride.

Public water treatment systems add fluoride additives, which makes water one of the main dietary sources of fluoride. Treatment systems use one of three different sources of fluoride, with sodium fluoride remaining the source of choice, especially for small treatment plants, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In large doses it is indeed poisonous, thus:

… is commonly used in pesticides, including fungicides and insecticides. The concentration of sodium fluoride in this type of product ranges from 15 percent to 95 percent, as listed by the Fluoride Action Network. Various types of adhesives and glues use sodium fluoride as a preservative.

The presence of the sodium fluoride prevents the growth of bacteria, fungi and mold. Sodium fluoride is also used in making steel and aluminum products. The addition of sodium fluoride to the molten metal increases deoxidation producing a more uniform metal, according to the Environment Agency. Other industrial uses for sodium fluoride include glass frosting, stainless steel pickling (a process ensuring corrosion resistance) and wood preservatives.

So in the West, we can drink it, bathe in it, brush our teeth with it, be told to take it for our health. We can spray it on our growing food, incorporate it in to building materials, paint in on wooden doors, window frames, furniture – in Syria it is “poison gas” and “nerve gas.”

Potassium chloride is used “to treat hypokalemia, a condition in which the potassium levels in the blood have dropped due to illness or reaction with certain medications, or from excess vomiting and/or diarrhea.”

It is also “used as a substitute for people looking to cut back on their salt intake, either on its own, or in a mixture with sodium chloride.”

Low potassium impacts the growth of plants, thus its major use is in fertilzer. “In addition, potassium chloride is used in welding and metal casting as a flux agent, and as a de-icing agent for home use.” In excess doses in can be fatal. But so can aspirin or near any medication taken in excess.

It is also used in petroleum and natural gas operations, and can be used as a replacement for sodium chloride salt in water softening systems.

Medical uses include:

During heart surgery, when the heart cannot be beating during the procedure, doctors will bypass the heart with artificial circulation machinery, then stop the heart with potassium chloride for the time required to do the surgery.

According to the (UK) Boots pharmaceutical company website, it is the basis of such every day medication as Kay-Cee-L, Slow-K, Sando-K. To think I never realized, when I take one or other of the latter two, on a regular basis as a balance to another regular medication, I am consuming “nerve” and “poison gas.”

Incidentally, Israel is fourth out of ten of the world’s top exporters of potassium chloride. Canada is first.  Israel, of course, also exports both potassium chloride and sodium chloride as health products. See “Chemical Composition of Dead Sea Salts.”  There also seems to be no problem with Israel importing $7 million worth of salts including “pure sodium chloride” between 2004-2011, years which would include the assault on Lebanon and the “Cast Lead” attack on Gaza, which does not even have an army, but no sanctions against Israel. As ever, double standards reign supreme.

The Goebbels-like propaganda regarding these exports to Syria are nonsense. We are back in the “dual use” game, used to such devastation in Iraq, where cancer medications, containing minute radiation content, and toxicity, could be converted into chemical or nuclear weaponry we were told. It was, of course, utter fiction. So cancer patients (caused by Western weaponry and/or feckless bombing of pharmaceutical and industrial plants) died in their uncounted thousands for want of treatment.

As did patients in need of blood, of asthma inhalers, blood pressure tablets, dyalisis patients – think of near any medication or medical equipment and it was deemed dual use and banned by the UN Sanctions Committee. What finally got through a tortuous process, was too late for the innumerable and inadequate for complete treatment for those currently unwell and in need. A silent crime against humanity of unique enormity.

The same chlorides were denied for water treatment and babies and children, especially, dying of diarrheal diseases, including those near eradicated, which soared to levels not seen in decades. Cholera and typhoid, near eliminated, became epidemic.

Syria, in the grips of a foreign backed and armed insurgency of extraordinary ferocity, and as Iraq, the UN embargo has targeted medicines, medical equipment.  The insurgents have targeted hospitals, clinics, pharmaceutical factories – the latter, anyway, in short or nil supply of imports with which to manufacture medications.

Incidentally the Syrian government had stated that one of the uses for last year’s import request was for use in metal window frames. Looking at the woeful state of swathes of Syria’s bombarded housing, the Machiavellian policy of funding weapons for the insurgents to destroy, but denying the Syrian government such widely used products to restore, beggars belief – or should.

As this is written, the “UN” weapons inspectors have returned to Syria, with surely anything but a neutral, independent, open minded agenda, as Julie LÈvesque and Professor Michel Chossudovsky have admirably demonstrated.  Another weapons inspection, another stitch up, near guaranteed.

Of course, despite the overwhelming hostility to the attack on Syria from the populations of the FUKUS axis, the “road to Damascus leads to Tehran.” So there is a new ploy to invade. According to Robert Fisk (Independent, 16th September 2013):  “Pentagon ‘sources’ said it would need up to 75,000 armed troops to protect the chemical inspectors.  Seventy-five thousand! If that isn’t boots on the ground, I don’t know what is.” The fix is in.

So back to Goebbels’ propaganda strategy and Nazi ambitions for world dominance. Speaking at the Berlin Sportpalast on February 18th, 1943, Adolf Hitler spoke of the year being: “I am convinced, the historical year of a great European New Order, The program could not be anything else than the opening up of the world for all.”

Goebbels, blaming Germany’s failures on the Jews (remember “ … facilitate the displacement of aggression by specifying the targets for hatred”) railed about “total war.” On May 18th, 1943, he returned to the theme of a European New Order:  “From there on the way to world domination is practically certain. Whoever dominates Europe will thereby assume the leadership of the world.”

The “Statement of Principles” for the founding of the Project for the New American Century of June 3rd, 1997  are seemingly faithfully incorporated into US foreign policy ever since. The Principles are signed by those in, or close to, the US Administration (then as now) and surely echo Goebbels remarkably:

We aim to make the case and rally support for American global leadership.

As the 20th century draws to a close, the United States stand as the world’s preeminent (sic) power … America faces an opportunity and a challenge … Does the United States have the resolve to shape a new century favourable to America’s principles and interests?

Further:  “The history that this century should have taught, is to embrace the cause of American leadership” to “ensure our greatness” in the new century.  Add to the all, General Wesley Clark’s assertion that after 9/11, the Administration planned to invade “seven countries in five years”, it has to be wondered, since the concept of a New World Order is a “conspiracy theory” (search engines, news) whose conspiracy, exactly?

Followers of Islam have replaced Goebbels Jews as the “threat”.  Apart from that, spot the difference.

Felicity Arbuthnot is a journalist with special knowledge of Iraq. Author, with Nikki van der Gaag, of Baghdad in the Great City series for World Almanac books, she has also been Senior Researcher for two Award winning documentaries on Iraq, John Pilger's Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq and Denis Halliday Returns for RTE (Ireland.) Read other articles by Felicity.