I was shocked when I saw the ad below on TV this morning. Although, it seems it was on the internet since October 2010 but this is the first time I watch it. This type of propaganda exists in many countries but mainly in the Arab world. Name a problem in the Middle East and someone will tell you it is because of Israel or that Israel is behind it. Israel became our coat rack for our problems.
Enforcing fear among citizens to convince them to accept an idea is not something new. Although, this ad is not supported by the government but the message is the same. You must fear to act. In America, there are two major types of fear that I see almost every day on TV; existential fear caused by American Muslims* and economical fear caused by the rise of China as an economic power.
* Tune in to watch CNN’s special, “Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door.” Sunday March 27th, 8 pm ET.