How often do we read in the mainstream media, “according to Scotland Yard”, “according to official sources”, “according to the Pentagon”, “according to an IDF spokesman.” etc.? And is that the other side of the story? Well, sometimes it really does look a trifle implausible, the other side of the story; there is Mark Duggan dead, shot at point-blank range by the police, 16 dead Afghan civilians, according to the Pentagon, killed by one man, and a few Palestinian teenagers lying in pools of blood having been shot from close range, because …..? Well, they were terrorists, or they were planning a terrorist attack? Yes, they cannot always get away with their “official” gobblydegook and that is why they call on their proxies, their little “independent” bodies …. and if you don’t believe us and you don’t believe our manufacturers of consent, here you have the findings of an “independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation”.
That is how the International Crisis Group describes itself; “an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict” and with accolades from, among others, Bill Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, Madeleine Albright and the late Richard Holbrooke, we need have no doubts regarding the just how “independent” this organisation, which also has George Soros on the Board of Trustees, really is.
Now, don’t get me wrong; in order to maintain their credibility organisations like the ‘International Crisis Group’ might even appear to be passing judgement against their political masters. However, it is a game and …. well, do you honestly believe that any organisation which draws praise from Messrs Clinton, Powell and Holbrooke and Mses Rice and Albright, is really “independent”?