Propaganda, State Religion and the Attack on the Gaza Peace Flotilla - Part 1
Date Written: 2010-06-09
Year Published: 2010
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX11926
We are trained to react to violent acts, not on the basis of their objective legality and human cost, but on the basis of the perceived legitimacy of the people committing the act. Violence committed by authority figures will tend to be viewed as legitimate and well-intentioned. Violence committed by non-state actors or "rogue states" resisting the state will tend to be seen as illegitimate and malevolent.