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Propaganda And Its Uses By Countries, Especially During War

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In order to gain the support of the public, countries use propaganda.
During the Gulf War, Saddam Hussein and George Bush used propaganda to gain the
support of their respective public. Propaganda was everywhere. It was on the
radio and television and it brought the war into millions of homes. Propaganda
was a vital part of the Gulf War because it provided the US and Iraq with the
support of their public. Propaganda is always geared towards the populace
claiming that the other country is the oppressor. The truth is often stretched
or even fabricated to garner a public outcry for justice. The real truth,
however, is very difficult to distinguish from fiction.
The blame is often pushed to towards the other country. Iraq claimed
that they were the victims and that the United States was the aggressor.
Hussein declared that they had been victimized by Kuwait. According to Iraq,
they had to pay back money that they did not have and Kuwait was responsible for
the cutback on healthcare and other vital services. Since Kuwait voted against
raising the price of oil, Iraq was unable to receive any revenue. It was
because of this that Iraq invaded Kuwait. The United States claimed that Iraq
was the aggressor. In the American media, Iraqi tanks were shown to enter a
defenseless Kuwait amidst destroyed buildings. The American public was
convinced that their troops were only there to protect and that Iraq was
harassing Kuwait. Iraq quickly retaliated with their own propaganda.
Hussein showed footage of the damage that the US had supposedly
inflicted on innocent people. Images of a bombed milk factory and a starving
child provided the Iraqi public with enough 'evidence' to accuse the US of being
a ruthless military power. The main targets of propaganda were those that were
presumed most innocent: women and children. When women and children are killed,
it is not only hailed as a crime, but an atrocity against the country. The
United States also used women and children in their propaganda. A weeping woman
told the horrific tale of Iraqi soldiers taking babies out of incubators and
throwing them onto the cold floor. This graphic description surely left a
tremendous impact on the American citizens. The Iraqi's were portrayed as
monsters and the US public felt obligated to do fight against this cruel force.
The US military was now the protector and the hero ...

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