Enemy image

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A misleading view of a person or people, which hampers reconciliation and real communication

Enemy images are labels people apply to others to justify their own opposition to them. In conflicts between two groups, enemy images are often mutual.

Early history

Worldwide, people have told stories about strangers with incredible and threatening powers, or about dragons or other such monsters, which can be seen as a projection of their fears. In Europe in the middle ages, the drive against witches, Catholics, jews or other perceived enemy groups provides a forceful illustration of the power of enemy images to subvert clear thinking.[1]

20th Century

Post WW2

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Post WW2, the USSR was a cogent enemy image for the populations of Western Europe and USA, and may have played a large role in perpetuating the nuclear arms race and cold war.[2] George H. W. Bush used the phrase "New World Order" which was to become a powerful enemy image for many people.

9/11

The administration of George W. Bush used the 9-11 attacks to promote the enemy image of "Islamic terrorism".

“The events of 9/11, we were told, changed everything. The globe was now divided between the forces of good and evil. Bush communicated this quite clearly in an address to the nation just days after 9/11: “Our responsibility to history is already clear: to answer these attacks and rid the world of evil.””
Danny Sjursen (25 October 2017)  - [3]

Post 9/11

Protestors gathered outside the 2002 Bilderberg.[4]
In the same way that knowing a spider is harmless does not necessarily reduce fear of it, awareness of the facts about deep politics does not necessarily entail abandoning emotional attachment to the concept of the enemy image.

Many nations which a democratic process in practise have just two large political parties, which are often seen as opposites. These nations' political discourse is often dominated by enemy images, which represent an emotional barrier not only to people's reconciliation, but to more important realisations about the state of society - such as, for example, the role of the deep state in nurturing factionalism. Enemy images hide the fact that the party political system has little real cogency, but this realisation in itself does not necessarily entail rejecting enemy images.

Iraq War

Steven Green, a US soldier who in 2006 took part in a gang rape of a 14 year old girl and the subsequent murder of her and her family, exemplified the impact of enemy images. He stated about Iraqis that "There's not a word that would describe how much I hated these people. I wasn't thinking these people were humans."[5]

7/7 Bombings

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The coverpage of UK's Daily Express from 23 July, 2005, the day after Jean Charles de Menezes, an unarmed man, was killed by the Metropolitan Police.

After the 2005 London bombings, UK commercially-controlled media repeated their procedure after 9-11; they responded not with a careful reporting of the story, but with use of enemy images.

Strategy of tension

Full article: Strategy of tension

Arguably, "terrorists"[6], "paedophiles"[7] or in some cases even "Muslims" could be understood as enemy images, in that people do not sympathise with them as fellow human beings.[5] Less arguably, establishment organisations such as the commercially-controlled media nurture people's fear not only to sell copy but as a tool of social control. The complicity of intelligence agencies remains a matter of some conjecture in more modern cases, but it well established in Operation Gladio, where false flag attacks were carried out and falsely blamed on communists. Post 9-11, Gladio/B has substituted Muslims for nationalists.

Non violent communication

Full article: Stub class article Non violent communication

Marshall Rosenberg created non-violent communication, a system of communication in which removal of enemy images is crucial to enabled dialogue and concensus.

Response

Marshall Rosenberg encouraged people to overcome enemy images by avoiding judgmental language or labels, and by not seeking to punish people.[8]

In Fiction

George Orwell's 1984 features the "Two Minutes Of Hate" in which party members are expected to hate a person named "Emmanuel Goldstein".[9]

 

Examples

     Page name     Description
Conspiracy TheoristAn enemy image used for ad hominem attacks on people.
Crime
Domestic extremismAn enemy image used to try to justify repression of alternative ideas
Enemy combatantA legal euphemism to create a category of persons who do not qualify for prisoner-of-war status under the Geneva Conventions.
Extremism
Hate speech
Immigration
Islamic terrorist
Osama bin LadenA CIA operative, heavily involved in CIA covert operations such as Operation Cyclone and Gladio plan B.
Narco-state
Non-violent extremismAn enemy image used to try to justify violent repression of those who advocate non-violent change.
Pirate
SheepleA derogatory portmanteau of "sheep" and "people", to emphasise the herd instinct of people
Violent extremism
Witch
 

Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
The Power of Nightmaresfilm2005Adam CurtisA some-holds-barred look at how fear has come to dominate politics in America, Britain and around the world — which observes that much of that fear is based on an illusion.
 

Related Quotation

PageQuoteAuthor
Terrorism“Terrorism is not really an '-ism'. There's no connection between the Sandinistas who fought the Contras and Al Qaida or Colombia's FARC and fisherman turned pirates in Africa and Asia, yet they are all called "terrorists". That's just a convenient way for your government to convince the world that there is another enemy '-ism' out there, like communism used to be. It diverts attention from the very real problems.

Our narrow-minded attitudes and the resultant policies foment violence, rebellion and wars. In the long run, almost noone benefits from attacking the people we label as "terrorists", with one, glaring exception:- the corporatocracy. Those who own and run the companies that build the ships, missiles and armoured vehicles, make guns, uniforms and bulletproof vests, distribute food, soft drinks and ammunition, provide insurance, medicines and toilet paper, constructions ports, airstrips and housing and reconstruct devastated villages, schools, factories and hospitals. They, and only they, are the big winners. The rest of us are hoodwinked by that one, loaded word "terrorist".

The current economic collapse has awakened us to the importance of regulating and reining in the people who control the businesses that benefit from the misuse of words like "terrorism" and who perpetrate other scams. We recognize today that white collar executives are not a special, incorruptible breed.”
Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann


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