When times get difficult, when the population gets restive, when the government and party are struggling to inspire patriotism, nothing is more useful than a nice little war. Something to get everyone on the governments side, something to unite the whole country. All it takes is a fake enemy, either someone who isn't going to fight you or someone you can easily beat.
Then you need to play up the threat, get the propaganda agencies putting out press releases about how dangerous the enemy is, how big a threat they pose. Lots of stories and pictures about how evil they are, crying or dead children are wonderful for making someone look evil, who could possibly defend a nation or group that kills children.
Traditional enemies are best of course, becasue after many years of repeating the same threats, of using the same lies, it becomes an accepted thing that 'They' are the enemy, the citizen in the streets has grown up hearing the same words again and again, it becomes ingrained, it becomes the truth.
"We've always been at war with Eurasia"
NATO grows increasingly concerned about Russian aggression.
Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed the UK would come to the aid of allies such as Estonia or Lithuania in the event they were invaded by Russia.
First of 800 UK troops arrive in Estonia to face off against Putin as part of Nato show of strength.
When the state has total control over the media and propaganda and when the population has been sufficiently conditioned to think only what they are told to think, then the Party can change what the citizens are told and they will believe. So we have always been at war with Eurasia and Eastasia is our ally but tomorrow we will always have been at war with Eastasia and Eurasia has always been our ally.
However when the population has not been so conditioned, when the media is not completely under the control of the state, then it is necessary to introduce the change in small steps, each of which seems logical and reasonable and each of which adds to the changes that have already been made. So that when the time comes to declare that we have always been at war with Eastasia people will nod their heads and point at the things they have read and heard over the last few weeks or months.
A good way to start this is to create the situation where today's ally begins to act in ways which can be identified by the population as the acts of an enemy, exploit existing fears, show weakness and vulnerability where you know that an ally will respond, then use that response to highlight the threat that did not exist before you created it.
Spanish VETO threat to Brexit over Gibraltar.
Theresa May would show the “same resolve” over Gibraltar as Margaret Thatcher did over the Falklands.
UK could go to war with Spain over Gibraltar.
Religion is another way to create fear and to unite the population, both against the religious and in defence of a religion. The organised religions of Abraham are, by their nature, divisive, them against us, believers against non believers. It is a simple matter to highlight a threat posed by those of one faith against those of another faith or against the faith as a whole.
The religious accept blindly what they are told and what they read of their own faith, they are more susceptible than the general population when it comes to imagined threats since those who believe in things that cannot be proved can most easily be made to believe in threats that are not real.
Christian Britain under threat.
Attack on Christmas.
"Easter is very important. It’s a very important festival for the Christian faith for millions across the world. So I think what the National Trust is doing is frankly just ridiculous."
The threat of war does not just need to be against the country, it is easy to create threats to society, tradition, religion or even the economy. War can be declared against concepts, against enemies that do not exist, against threats that have been deliberately created by the government or the party. Once the population is living in fear of the threat, has accepted that the war is real, then they will accept suffering and poverty, lack of privacy and the supremacy of the state and Party. Because they are at war.
War on Drugs
War on Terror
War on Crime
War on Immigrants
There are so many ways to bring the population together, to unite them under the rule of the Party and the government, there is nothing better than a nice little war to inspire nationalism and patriotism. Those who speak out, who oppose the war, they are the traitors, they are unpatriotic.
It works the same in any country, it works the same in any time.
All it takes is a nice little war.
And if you think I'm talking nonsense, that this is just me being paranoid.
Have you been reading the news recently? ? ?