Exposing Moral Dualism: Who is the absolute Evil?

Practical political dialog tends to Taijist or Dualist. It can be summarized as "we are good although we made some mistakes; the others are bad although they did some good things, we are all part of the system that serves you". This classical propaganda may contain some traces of objectivity. In fact, it can be helpful to analyze what each party views positive and negative, and how they classify there deeds and the deeds of the others.

When political dialog shifts from Taiji to Moral Dualism, it becomes alarming. Statements like "We are good, the others are bad, and you have a moral duty to support the good and oppose the bad" can only mean "support us against them regardless of what we have done, and most importantly, regardless of what they have actually done".

During the current destabilization operation of our region, Moral Dualism has been very effective in polarizing the western people against “The Absolute Evils” as framed by the media. The evil list included democratically elected people supported by more than half of their own people, and did not include non-elected monarchs whose people lack the basic liberties like free speech or equality. To reframe the popular support of leaders like Qaddafi, Mubarak, and Assad, the international media tried to frame the people as helpless oppressed people in desperate need of humanitarian intervention, or as poor victims of the Stockholm syndrome.

The demonizing of many rulers is still ongoing, and with time, it might make it to the history books, therefore it might become undisputed facts to non-critical thinking people. However, as critical thinkers in the Arab world, we are seeing it as it happens, and we know that it is nothing but unfounded political propaganda. This invites us to question the other “pure evils” we hear about in the media, and even to rethink the past “pure evils” that we have read about in history books.

For example, in April 2014, when the United States claimed that The Democratic People Republic of Korea threatened to attack the US. The factual record shows that US nuclear capable warships and submarines had already been positioned only 200 miles away from the Korean shores. Before that, they had already deployed chemical warfare capabilities on the ground of South Korea. According to the North Koreans, The US was threatening DPRK with nuclear annihilation. History tells us that the US had already burnt every town in North Korea during the 3 years of the Korean War as US General Curtis Lemay bragged, so the North Koreans had every reason to fear the US intentions and complain about the US actions. Besides, the US media rephrased the Korean complaint against the US to demonize the Korean leader as the “pure evil” who is threatening American citizens.

Unfortunately, similar propaganda has sneaked into the public culture of our region, and even became part of the education curricula. Currently, many thinkers in our region find common ground with revisionists who refuse to accept history as it is presented, and insist on revisiting it with an empirical mind.

In the Arab world, countless people have seen this Moral Dualism propaganda being debunked time after time. Many people are developing immunity against such baseless polarizing propaganda, especially when it is relayed by the unethical immoral media that promotes humanitarian bombing and remote mass murder by drones. I don’t buy it anymore, and I know that so many people in Syria and other Arab countries don’t buy it anymore. I wish I could say the same about western societies.

Al-Ayham Saleh


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