Sunday, May 23, 2010

Leaps in Logic

Sometimes, you see the most incredible leaps of logic in order to keep the propaganda line going.

Probe concludes torpedo sank South Korea ship: report
from Reuters.

For instance, spot the leap in logic in this small enclosed space of one sentence.
The metallic debris and chemical residue appear to be consistent with a type of torpedo made in Germany, indicating the North may have been trying to disguise its involvement by avoiding arms made by allies China and Russia, Yonhap quoted the official as saying.

Ok, so they identified the torpedo as being of German orgin. That's the fact part, established by analysis of the explosive traces and metals found.

But, the only conclusion drawn from this is that North Korea must be trying to hide its involvement.


Notice also the writing style where they try to connect the fact to the incredible leap of logic as tightly as possible. All in the same sentence with barely even a slight pause and the comma before rushing into the part you aren't supposed to think about very closely. From fact to fantasy without even a pause for breath.

What's obvious about that is that the official being quoted has made up his mind in advance that North Korea did this and he's adjusting his theories as he goes to maintain that conclusion. Ok, the official is an unidentified South Korea official (vaguely sourced quotes are always a indicator of propaganda), so I can maybe understand that attitude from them. But, for a reputable newswire to publish such an unsupported conclusion as the only possibility as to what's occurred? C'mon man.

I'm not saying North Korea didn't do this. Just pointing out that to go from saying the torpedo was from Germany to saying that its obvious that North Korea did this and they are only trying to cover their tracks is an incredible leap of logic.

Don't know what happened out there. But surely there are other possibilities that fit these facts as least as loosely as that theory does.

Now, read the post right below this one and ask this question. Would I be ok here since I've already link to government propaganda in order to show the incredible way logic leaps within it. Or since, I'm being critical of government propaganda, would this Obama 'communications czar' require that I link to still more government propaganda in order to counter-balance my critique of the original propaganda?

Under that proposal, I would of course be required to link to the identical Republican and Democrat statements that say that of course the presence of a German (aka NATO) torpedo indicates North Korean (non-NATO) involvement, and that we need to simultaneously strike North Korea and raise the defense budgets by $100 billion dollars and pay for a new trillion dollar Strategic Torpedo Defense Initiative because of this dastardly deed. And oh yeah, completely give up the last of our freedom because of the horrible threat North Korea poses to our very existence. At least I could try to have fun by searching for the incredibly tiny differences between Democrats and Republicans on an issue like North Korea.

Such a tangled web. Freedom is always much simpler.

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