The philosopher-statesman George Savile, first Marquess of Halifax, wrote in the 17th century that "A man that should call everything by its right name would hardly pass the streets without being knocked down as a common enemy." A wise observation. People have a lot to hide, from themselves as well as from their neighbors. Countries also have a lot to hide, more from their own people than from outsiders. In each country a web of myths evolves that allows the loyal citizenry to feel good about their nation, that depicts it and its people as generous, progressive, decent to a fault in its international behavior. People who question these myths, whether myths about a beneficent past, or the myths currently employed to put today's actions and policies in a favorable light, are thus highly offensive to good taste and basic feelings of right and wrong. These doubters of myths may even pose a threat to communal integration and policy, which rest on this foundation of myths, and societies therefore usually have methods for containing or squelching critics who raise such questions.
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Publication information: Book title: The Real Terror Network:Terrorism in Fact and Propaganda. Contributors: Edward S. Herman - Author. Publisher: South End Press. Place of publication: Boston. Publication year: 1982. Page number: 1.
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