You know, most of us here in the United States don't get a lot of our understanding and news about the world around us from the media you're using right now. If you're reading this you're probably in a small minority of folks who are pro active in searching for information as opposed to the much larger percentage of the population who basically absorb their world view by gradual absorption, or osmosis, mostly from TV.
A majority of people are too busy, distracted or just plain stupid to really study situations and come to their own conclusions. They just can't or won't take the time.
Our overlords understand this very, very well.
They count on this to manipulate how we view ourselves and the world and use very effective methods to shape our opinions without us even knowing what they're doing. So if something is in our face constantly that's what we're going to talk and fret about around the water cooler.
When some country is on the fascist agenda, say if the government isn't toeing the line or it has some resources that need to be exploited, that country is going to be in the news 24/7.
A good example out of many is Nicaragua in the 80's. A poor little country about the size of Alabama and the population of Arizona, it was unremarkable except for one thing - it was the threat of a good example. The people there had risen up to overthrow a brutal dictator named Somoza who happened to be the darling of US business interests.
So twenty years ago you could not escape Nicaragua. Every news broadcast, every presidential speech, most headlines were about Nicaragua. Our imperial managers gave enormous attention to this hapless little country and the corrupt, compliant media went along for the ride. Nicaragua was the greatest threat that our fragile nation had ever seen. Covert operations ensued, armies were formed illegally to battle this mortal enemy, tremendous diplomatic pressure was applied, hundreds of millions of dollars were spent to counter the threat. Once the Sandanistas were ousted after a decade of punitive sanctions and military actions and the threat of a poor, abused Central American country determining it's own future was countered, Nicaragua fell back into a media black hole.
This is the template for targeted countries. It happened over and over with Korea and Vietnam and Kosovo and Panama and Iraq and now Iran. You greatly exaggerate some perceived threat even though critical analysis shows the 'threat' to be minimal or non existent. Once the place is obliterated and the 'problem' solved, whether it's smashing indigenous democracy or controlling the drug trade or just fattening some bank accounts, the media obligingly drops it from view.
But there are two main components to this propaganda process - they
are always a threat, whether it's to you or some supposed ally, you're
never a threat to them. Our imperial masters may even state openly they want a government to fall, may threaten war or send vast armadas to the region, but any effort by the victim to defend himself is further proof of evil intentions. And once a country gets in the fascists' crosshairs be prepared to have that country dominate the news until the fascists get what they want and the agenda is served.
Now, I wonder what Iran is going to do with those British soldiers...