Last Sunday, a free one-hour DVD in splashy, theatrical packaging was slipped into millions of newspapers across the country, mostly in “swing” states.

The probable intent was to slip the DVD content cleverly into millions of American brains, scaring people into an intense fear of “radical Islam,” and elevating security concerns above all others as they vote in November.

The film is “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West.” It is purported to be an educational film about the threat of Islamic terrorism.

The “O” in “Obsession” is formed with the Islamic crescent moon and a star, and the closing “N” has a silhouette of an automatic rifle as part of the letter.

Be prepared to be scared if you take the movie to heart, but, better yet, use the skills of critical thinking that we’ve all been taught in order to see the classical propaganda tricks used extensively throughout the film.

According to writer Denise Dennis, “American citizens have been the victim of an elaborate and well-planned con game for the past eight years — and the game will be in full play this week,” with the DVD “Obsession” being spread across the nation. “Anytime American citizens can be

frightened and manipulated into voting against their best interests, they have been conned.”

Let’s hear it for the Greensboro News & Record in North Carolina. The paper turned away the money and refused to distribute the DVD.

Its longtime editor, John Robinson, explained, “Many newspapers across the country distributed a controversial DVD today about Islam . . . I asked our publisher about it. He said it was divisive and plays on people’s fears and served no educational purpose . . . As I’ve said on other occasions about news decisions, just because you can publish doesn’t mean you should.”

If in any way the creators, distributors and financiers of the DVD had in mind “softening” public opinion about the idea of bombing Iran, the tragedy of the DVD deepens.

The drumbeat for war on Iran is steady, even in this week when five former secretaries of state agreed that the U.S. must talk with Iran.

Madeline Albright, Colin Powell, Warren Christopher, Henry Kissinger and James A. Baker III all said, each in his or her own way, that talking to Iran is essential. (MORE)


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