This is a ‘shorter read version’ of a core article which can be found here
Nobody’s perfect, sometimes, we make mistakes. A recent ‘exchange’ between a ‘researcher’ at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and myself brought what I feel is an utterly crucial issue into stark contrast, not least in light of the constant ‘drip-feed, barrage, tirade even, of anti- China propaganda being spewed from the dribbling collective stenographer mouthpiece of the western msm.
‘At first, I was taken aback that this mouse jockey and, therefore, the ASPI had taken the time to trawl through more than eight years of my twitter timeline, until they found something that they felt was ‘incriminating’ enough to publicly ‘throw back’ at me. But after pondering, I then realised this had, in fact, revealed something rather precious.. ‘— ChinaBazzar
So, what the MIC funded ASPI found was that 8 years ago I was vocal, on twitter at least, that is to say, I once tweeted something, (retweeted most likely), in support of what I thought at the time to be a ‘just cause’, that is to say the ‘Free Tibet’ thing.
Yes, 8 years ago, I quoted, verbatim, something I’d picked up from western mainstream media, (msm) some ‘agitprop‘, propaganda, blarney about human rights violations against Tibet etc, without fully understanding the facts.
After my initial horror that I had, (quite obviously to me now), been well and truly duped by the western msm, came the realisation, that if I could be so easily duped, so could, and can, millions of other people who, in other circumstances, one could call, logical, conscientious, decent people with no ‘axe to grind’, no vengeful agenda to take out on some innocent ‘bystander’.
I have little doubt that the finer point of this exchange, this issue, will be indiscernible to the likes of Mr Ruser or his paymasters at ASPI, or theirs at Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, Thales, Raytheon etc, but over and above this, the ‘point’, really is of the essence of the times we are currently living in.
Booyah? White whale? Really? Twit. So, you found a post I regurgitated years ago, before I’d researched this properly and fully. Amazing. And? Now I HAVE researched, and my understanding is far more complete about the actual #Facts of the past and present in Tibet and Xinjiang— ChinaBazzar
@Nrg8000 #Twit. Not your buddy. A ‘complete backflip’? Simple. Because, years after forming an opinion based on western propaganda, I researched, properly; something you fail to do because that’s NOT what you’re paid to do by arms corporations who fund ASPI. Tibet Xinjiang
Here’s the thing: @Nrg8000 & AsSwiPe (ASPI) unwittingly provided an opportunity to understand and thence highlight just how easy it is to get completely taken in and fooled by western agitprop when your human compassion is prodded.— ChinaBazzar
Yes. It happened to me too. And I thought I knew enough. Clearly I did not. I know enough now to know I was wrong, mistaken, misled.
Further, I wouldn’t go as far as to call myself ‘aggressive’. Nor do I support any ‘massive crackdown’,as you put it, because there isn’t. China’s doing what any nation would do to defend itself against externally instigated terrorism against China in Xinjiang and Tibet
Background: I, and other kindred spirits have and will continue, to take certain ‘entities’ to task on misrepresentation of facts, downright make-believe, and outright dirty lies on Xinjiang, the ‘Uyghur issue, and other matters in China, from the BBC to theGuardian and TheEconomist. One of these was Nathan Ruser – @Nrg8000 on twitter who works for something called the AsSwIPe – Australian Strategic Policy Institute – who are funded by some very big ‘players’ in armament sales and weapons manufacture: Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, Thales, Raytheon etc – i.e. the ‘MIC – the Military Industrial Complex that Eisenhower warned the world about in his farewell address:
A quote from ASPI: ” ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre (ICPC) is a leading voice.. blah.. The centre has a growing mixture of expertise and skills with teams of researchers who concentrate on policy, technical analysis, information operations and disinformation… satellite analysis.. surveillance and China-related issues.”—ASPI
Replying to @Nrg8000 ‘Yes I too fell prey to ‘cognitive dissonance’.. not ashamed to admit it. And not too proud to admit I was wrong. I wouldn’t call it ‘manic insanity’ any more than a large swathes of western populations are still ‘manic’ and ‘insane’ Nor am I ‘aggressive’. ‘
‘So happy you finally found your ‘white whale’ sweetie! ‘
‘Vocal for the free Tibet movement’, when I was far less-informed perhaps, yes, as many people do, I regurgitated the standard western ‘agitprop’. Now my opinion is quite the reverse; the CIA were hooking Tibet to subvert + plot against China; the Lama crew were overlords anyway.‘— ChinaBazzar
Notes from ‘down under’.. All things are connected:
‘Bad things happen when good people do nothing.’ My bro’ in Australia oft uses this maxim and it’s a good one. Australia.. was there way back in ’87.. zoom forward.. China Jerry Grey Daniel Dumbrill Xinjiang Brother Peter ASPI Zenz NED.. CIA.. US.. MIC
‘Bad things happen when good people do nothing.’
I will be extending this post as and when – feel free to repost, retweet, add comment or take issue with me on @Chinabazzar