I just read a short essay by Anne Morelli
, a renown historian
propaganda. (Principes élémentaires de propagande
, editions Labor
The book, too short to be boring
(about 100 pages), and well written, was publish just a few days after the start of the retaliation
against the talebans
and Bin Laden
's Al Qaeda
. It is a explanation of the ten commandments
of wartime propaganda, published by Arthur Ponsonby
. Morelli takes one chapter for each commandment
, and compares the points with examples picked in recent and less recent history
principally WW I
, WW II
, and the operations in Kosovo
- "We do not want war"
- "The other side is the only one responsible for the war"
- "The enemy has the devil's face"
- "We are defending a noble cause and not some particular interests"
- "The enemy provocates atrocities; if we goof it's never voluntarily."
- "The enemy uses unauthorized weapons"
- "We have nearly no losses, the enemy's are huge"
- "Artists and intellectuals support our cause"
- "Our cause has a holy character"
- "Those who doubt propaganda are traitors"
Unfortunately, the book was my baby brother
's late Christmas present
, and I gave it prior to summarize
. Illustration is straightforward, and is left as an exercise for the reader