Israel's Psychological Warfare Deficiency

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Freedom House's assessment of the Middle East and North Africa shows 2 percent of the population out of 21 countries, and 405 million people, to be free. It is easy to identify the country that is responsible for this 2 percent. Note that 7.9 million out of 405 million is roughly 2 percent. The 2014 Map of Freedom also is highly instructive, and you have to (1) magnify the map and (2) look really hard to see the only free country in the Middle East. Why, then, does public opinion denounce Israel as an oppressive nation?

Sun Tzu wrote in The Art of War that war is of vital importance to the nation, a path to safety or ruin. Colonel Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger wrote similarly in Psychological Warfare (1954, page 1), "Yet success, though incalculable, can be overwhelming; and failure, though undetectable, can be mortal." Israel's enemies have turned it into the world's pariah because, even though Israel has one of the best armies in the world, its psychological warfare is clearly the worst.

This was exactly the problem that Germany had during the First World War. Adolf Hitler was, unfortunately, the German who learned the most from his country's shortcomings in managing its public relations. He later wrote in Mein Kampf, "Had we any propaganda at all? Alas, I can reply only in the negative." Hitler, therefore, learned the techniques he used to demonize Jews and other enemies from Triple Entente propagandists whose depiction of Germans was no better than the Nazis' subsequent depiction of Jews. Abuse of women and prisoners, along with infants on German bayonets, were common themes. Entente propagandists had a field day with the sinking of the Lusitania, which, as it turned out, Germany had every right in the world to sink.

The diving team estimates that around four million rounds of U.S.-manufactured Remington .303 bullets lie in the Lusitania's hold at a depth of 300ft.

.303 was, of course, the caliber used by the British Army's Lee-Enfield Rifle, and this ammunition had no purpose other than to kill German soldiers--much like the war materials that Israel's enemies are now smuggling to terrorists. The key takeaway here is, however, that Germany allowed its enemies to demonize it as a murderer of civilians, instead of demonizing the United Kingdom for using civilians as human shields for an arms shipment, possibly with the intention of getting them killed to draw the United States into the war. The same lesson applies to Israel's handling of the death of International Solidarity Movement member Rachel Corrie.

We have seen so far that (1) Germany lost the First World War because its clueless approach to propaganda allowed its enemies to goad the United States into entering the war, (2) the vulnerability of unprepared populations to propaganda killed more than 110,000 Americans in a war in which the United States had no business, and (3) one of the worst monsters in human history learned enough from this experience to cause tens of millions of deaths less than 30 years later.

Israel must embrace the psychological warfare weapon, and unleash it with no restraint whatsoever, to expose its enemies for what they really are. This will help ensure not only the safety of Israel, but also countless Christians, Muslims, and women who suffer daily persecution by an ideology every bit as vicious as the one that the civilized world finally put down in 1945.