Remember Lord Haw-Haw
? I didn't figure you did; I don't remember Lord Haw-Haw either. The greatest generation knew precisely who he was, a German propaganda operative working to destroy the spirit and soul of troops fighting against the Nazi scourge. Lord Haw-Haw belongs to an earlier day, when the only electronic medium was radio and propaganda efforts were easy to identify.
Caleb Davis is the new star of a political ad on television for Dan Seals. In it, he identifies himself--never by name--as a Iraqi veteran. In the ad he makes allegations about Mark Kirk that would have you believe that supporting the a vote for Kirk is a vote against not only America's soldiers but America itself. Kirk, one of only two members of Congress serving as a drilling reservist, and has a long history of supporting veterans.
War has its casualties and its only victims are not only those who are injured, maimed or killed. It takes a terrible emotional and mental toll on some of its participants, and that is how I choose to see Caleb Davis, who from all evidence honorably served the American cause in Iraq through his discharge from service. For some time now, Mr. Davis--a resident of Peoria--has been active with a group who claims that 9/11 was an inside job by the US government who sought to drum up public support for a war in the middle east. Odd as this may seem, this view is held widely throughout the middle east, even among the intelligent and the educated. But my problem with Mr. Davis is not that he is wrong or that he has cast himself into a bad lot. No one would want to deny Mr. Davis' free speech, a right to which Mr. Davis arguably was willing to give his life.
For a number of years I have followed this "inside job" theory, read the arguments and seen the videos, many of which a patriotic American would find sickening. My conclusion is that this is classic enemy propaganda
, and much of it is done extremely well. It is not surprising that among those who hate or distrust the US government this theory has found a happy home.
It is time for Democrats and Republicans to join together to call for Mr. Seals' immediate replacement in the 10th District race. Propagating enemy propaganda is not suitable behavior for a candidate for Congress, nor should it be wearing the label of a mainstream political party.
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