Monday, April 23, 2012

Public Transit Propaganda

Be it that I live in DC, I often find instances of public diplomacy/propaganda around the city.  There are two examples that seem to be somewhat ubiquitous these days.  The first is a series of adverts related to Khojaly by the Azerbaijan America Alliance.  

The advertisements essentially indict Armenia for a massacre in the Nagorno-Karbakh region during the N-K War.  The sign for Khojaly (with graphic design tear) states: "444 men -106 women -63 children // A Human Tragedy Against Azerbaijan // Honor the dead...Help Azerbaijan and Armenia find peace" 

Forgive my cynicism, but using this issue as a propaganda bludgeon doesn't exactly strike me as honoring the dead or helping Armenia and Azerbaijan find peace.

Meanwhile, there is another sign around Metro bus stops from the Emergency Committee for Israel that excoriates Obama on Iran

It states "He Says a Nuclear Iran is Unacceptable.  DO YOU believe him?  DO THEY?" with pictures of I'm-a-Dinner-Jacket and Khameini looking buffoonish.  Thanks Neo-Con shills for a ridiculous attempt at painting Obama as soft on Iran.  The Emergency Committee's board includes Bill Kristol, the man bright enough to serve as Chief of Staff to VP Dan Quayle.  If you think Quayle makes sound political judgements and Obama does not, then I guess we probably don't have much more to discuss.  Dear Emerg Comm, do Israel a favor and don't conduct such ham-handed advocacy campaigns supposedly on its behalf that aren't very convincing and just come across as puerile propaganda.

Please, spare my metro voyages from all this rank propaganda.  It insults the intelligence of all us metro riders.

PS: Don't even get me started on the RethinkReform campaign.

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