Monday, March 26, 2007

What The Trap left out

'The Trap: What Happened To Our Dream Of Freedom' is a three part BBC documentary by Adam Curtis.

Curtis suggests that from the Cold War onwards, our governments have been reducing our freedoms. Curtis suggests that our governments view us in 'simplistic, computerised terms'.

The third episode of 'The Trap' is entitled 'We Will Force You To Be Free'.

This episode began with political philosopher Isaiah Berlin.

Berlin, in his essay Two Concepts Of Liberty, referred to "positive" and "negative" freedom.

"Positive freedom" is sometimes favoured by revolutionaries and tyrants who think they know what is good for us.

"Negative freedom" is favoured by Neo Conservatives, the people who reportedly want to bring American-style democracy to Iraq.

Curtis believes that the Neo Conservatives have produced a trap: they have made us think we are free whereas in reality our freedom is very much restricted.

Curtis ended the programme by suggesting that the revolutions that bring "positive freedom" do not necessarily have to involve violence.

Curtis talked a lot about violence.

He told us that the Americans used violence to try topple the democratically elected government of Nicaragua. He told us that the Americans toppled Marcos and brought in a regime that left the corrupt elite in power.

What Curtis failed to tell us about was Operation Gladio.

The Bologna Bomb 1980, Gladio, terrorism in Europe

Operation Gladio was organised by 'fascists' within the security services of the West.

Reportedly, the idea was to kill innocent people and then blame this on others.

Gladio was about keeping the right-wing elite in power.

Gladio agent Vincenzo Vinciguerra stated, in sworn testimony: "You had to attack civilians, the people, women, children, innocent people, unknown people far removed from any political game. The reason was quite simple: to force ... the public to turn to the state to ask for greater security."

Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti revealed the existence of Gladio in 1991.

And Curtis failed to tell us about the underlying politics of 9 11.

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