Herd behavior: the manipulation of sentiment


Richard Moore


Perhaps you remember some time back the big televised rock concert about “Ending World Hunger”, sponsored by Bob Geldof. You might have even watched it, millions did all over the world. Immediately following that concert, almost a part of the event, Western leaders announced that millions of dollars, euros, and pounds were being allocated to the cause of ending world hunger. They were ‘responding’ to the outpouring of public sentiment for all those poor starving people in Africa. Or so it seemed.
Before commenting on this episode, and other similar episodes, I want to make it clear that I am very much in favor of ending world hunger. I’m passionate about ending world hunger. However that concert, the public sentiment that it encouraged, and all that money allocated, disgusts me. Here’s why…
Those public funds that were spent to ‘end world hunger’ did not go to the people of Africa, and they did nothing to end hunger. Instead, all the money, your money and my money, was paid directly to big international banks, reimbursing them for loans they had made to Africa, loans that could never have been repaid. Governments then reduced their aid to Africa, since they had been so generous, ‘ending world hunger’, by helping out the banks. The net consequence was to increase poverty and hunger. And then television moved on to other stories and the whole episode faded from memory. 
It was a scam from beginning to end. Government leaders wanted to use your money to help out the banks,  and that wouldn’t have been popular as a news item. So they covered it up with a bunch of television hoopla and a concocted story about ‘reducing African debt’.  Everybody fell for it, and they felt comforted that ‘something was being done to end hunger’. This is what I call herd behavior — people responding like sheep to media hype, not bothering to find out the story behind the story, and allowing themselves to be manipulated to support agendas they know nothing about.
The same thing has been going on around ‘global warming’ and ‘climate change’. Please understand, I’d very much like to reduce global warming and climate change. I’m passionate about wanting to solve those problems. But once again, the media is being use to arouse public sentiment around those issues, in order to garner support for initiatives (eg, carbon credits & biofuels) that will increase global warming, and as a side effect, massively increase global poverty and starvation as well. And once again, nearly everyone is being taken in by the scam, and considers Al Gore to be some kind of hero. Bah, bah, black sheep, have you any sense?
A very good rule of thumb, one that is right approximately 100% of the time is this: whenever government leaders tell you they’re going to solve a problem that you care about: run the other way — they are deceiving you. I’ve searched by brain, trying to think of an exception to this rule, and I haven’t been able to remember even one.
And this brings us back to Tibet. I’ve been passionate about Tibet independence for at least the past 15 years, after I read a book about the Dali Lama and the brutal Chinese conquest of Tibet. Whether or not the Tibetans deserve independence is not an issue; of course they do. And as regards China, their human rights behavior is atrocious, not only with regard to Tibet, but their selling of the organs of prisoners, Tiananmen Square, and the list goes on.
But I’m not buying in to the current public outcry against China, and that’s why I posted these comments:
The uprising in Tibet is another one of those CIA-sponsored ‘colored revolutions’, whose goal is to destabilize Russia and China. The Dali Lama gets most of his funding from right-wing sources, particularly the CIA. The Western media is presenting a biased and distorted view of the situation, as usual, and sheep all over the world have been inspired to protest Baa Baa against ‘brutal China’. It is true of course that the Chinese government has no regard for human rights — it’s a concept that’s foreign to them — but the suppression in Tibet is child’s play compared to what the Israelis do routinely to the Palestinians, or what US & British troops do routinely to the people of Iraq and Afghanistan. Protests would be much more appropriate at Israeli embassies around the world, and at every public appearance of US or British officials.

Along with these comments I also cited several articles that substantiate the claims I was making:
China and America: The Tibet Human Rights PsyOp
“The CIA’s involvement in channeling covert support to the Tibetan secessionist movement goes back to the mid-1950s. The Dalai Lama was on the CIA’s payroll from the late 1950s until 1974” China and America: The Tibet Human Rights PsyOp By Michel Chossudovsky URL of this article: – Mon, Apr 14 2008 7:29 pm http://groups.google.com/group/newslog/t/176dde1240d1a54e?hl=en
German Foreign Ministry: manipulating Tibet
movement-coming-years.html Roadmap for the Tibet Movement for the Coming Years The original article can be found here: PHPSESSID=684b76isvufldpj15fa7 8t7rv2 LHASA/BERLIN(Own report) – Conference reports and the research of a – Mon, Apr 14 2008 10:59 pm http://groups.google.com/group/newslog/t/15d3a834fadd0cfb?hl=en
Engdahl: Washington Plays ‘Tibet Roulette’ with China-
Risky Geopolitical Game: Washington Plays ‘Tibet Roulette’ with China By F. William Engdahl URL of this article: Global Research, April 10, 2008 Washington has obviously decided on an ultra-high risk geopolitical game with Beijing’s by fanning the flames of violence in Tibet just – Fri, Apr 11 2008 4:57 pm http://groups.google.com/group/newslog/t/7e0360e490a6bd8a?hl=en

I was disappointed, although not really surprised, when several people sent in indignant replies, accusing me of callousness and insensitivity toward Tibet. It was fairly clear from those responses that they didn’t bother reading the articles above. The current wave of protests  will not in any way contribute to the independence of Tibet. They may encourage more protests in Tibet, however, and bring about more oppression. 
The CIA and their front organizations, who sparked the protests in Tibet, have no concern whatsoever for the people of Tibet. If they somehow did bring about Tibetan independence, the first thing they would do would be to install a Western-friendly dictator, at least as repressive as the Chinese, and begin stealing the resources. It’s a scam.