War and Democracy
Program #ZINH024. Recorded in Chestnut Hill, MA on November 11, 1999."Truth is the first casualty of war," a wise politician once said. Since Vietnam, the U.S. has tightly controlled the flow of information to the public. Grenada, Panama, the Gulf War and Yugoslavia were carefully orchestrated Pentagon briefings with high-ranking officers in front of maps talking about smart bombs and hard targets. For most of the folks at home, all were getting were official stories. When a war is over, citizens get to hear solemn speeches about sacrifice and how it was all worth it to keep the world safe for democracy.
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