John Pilger: The Truth Game (1983)

John Pilger: The Truth Game (1983)

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Warning

This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

Dandelion Salad

Originally published July 21, 2007

with John Pilger

by John Pilger
www.johnpilger.com

John Pilger looks at world-wide propaganda surrounding the nuclear arms race.

John Pilger’s penetrating documentary which looks at world-wide propaganda surrounding the nuclear arms race. When the two American atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, they were code-named ‘Fat Man’ and ‘Little Boy’, and President Truman announced after the event: “The experiment has been an overwhelming success.” “These”, says Pilger, “were words used to describe the awful and horrific carnage of nuclear war. By using reassuring, even soothing language, this new kind of propaganda created acceptable images of war and the illusion that we could live securely with nuclear weapons”. Official ‘truths’ are examined in connection with the bombing of Hiroshima, the build up of arms by Russia and America, the siting of nuclear bases by the US in Britain and Europe, Ministry of Defence statements about the Cruise missile base at Greenham Common, and other US bases, the amount of government money spent on weapons, ‘Civil defence’ arrangements and a NATO ‘limited’ nuclear and chemical war exercise in West Germany, which Pilger describes as ‘a dry run for the unthinkable’. Many experts give their views, including Paul Warnke who thinks arms reduction is feasible — ‘All we need is the political will to go ahead with it’.

from the archives:

On The Beach 2017–The Beckoning of Nuclear War by John Pilger

David Swanson: Hiroshima Haunting + Transcript

Nuclear Weapons: Barbaric Tools of Insecurity by Graham Peebles + 122 Nations Create Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons by David Swanson

Abby Martin and Peter Kuznick: The Untold History of Imperial Japan and the Bomb

Top 12 Reasons the Good War was Bad – Hiroshima in Context by David Swanson

Hiroshima-Nagasaki: 70-Year Nuclear Explosions Not Done Yet by David Swanson

Gar Alperovitz: Nuclear Attack on Japan was Opposed by American Military Leadership

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