The Power of Propagandaposted by The Vidiot @ 7:52 AM Permalink As most of you know, Ahmadinejad wanted to lay a wreath at Ground Zero while he was here in New York but the powers that be said, "No. That's OUR propaganda tool, not yours." (In so many words.) Now, I usually like Josh Marshall's musing over at talkingpointsmemo.com, but every now and then, he gets one wrong, in my book anyway. In his reader responses, many thought Ahmadinejad shouldn't be allowed to visit Ground Zero because we shouldn't "allow him such a huge propaganda victory?" JM's response?
Excerpt: But when did we become such moral weaklings? And how brittle do we think our national reputation is that it's going to be damaged by Ahmadinejad going down to Ground Zero and at worst spouting off about whatever he wants to spout off about.He seems like he's shocked that anyone felt we were too weak to withstand such a thing.
I don't know why he's so shocked. The US image IS treading on thin ice internationally. We have NO moral ground remaining. So, of course, a visit to Ground Zero by Ahmadinejad would be a bad thing in the eyes of many.
I couldn't give a damn myself, but those who care about how the US is perceived know full well that Ahmadinejad even approaching the high ground would be a bad thing.
But that's all moot anyway. The real reason is that powers that be didn't want him to lay wreath at Ground Zero because at some point, they know that they'll be connecting Iran with 9/11 to justify bombing Iran to smithereens.