Any political propaganda has some kind of “mythological” basis. It doesn’t matter what this myth is based on – truthful information or lies. A myth works when the majority believes in it. And this belief has far-reaching implications.
For example, during one of the most terrible epidemics of the past – the plague of the 14th century, in one part of Italy the myth spread that the disease was spread by Jews, which led to “pogroms”, and in other parts it was believed that the epidemic was God’s punishment for human sins … Six centuries later, in September 1943, when Germany occupied the northern and central parts of Italy, in the first case, the Jews were handed over to the Nazis, and in the second case, they tried to hide them.
So, one can only guess what consequences this or that myth can lead to. For example, when a myth about the army is formed for political purposes – with negative accents. When, during the April 2016 war, the opposition spread rumors that our tanks were being fueled with water instead of fuel, or that Chief of the General Staff Khachaturov was playing billiards during the war, I warned that such propaganda was dangerous.
The billiards charges were overturned in court. The rumors about the sale of fuel, I suppose, were partly true. But let’s compare how many criminal cases were initiated in this regard after the revolution, how many military units are there in Armenia and was it worth discrediting the entire army because of 5 or 10 villains? Now I warn you again that the inhuman, disrespectful attitude towards captured military personnel, especially the linking of their problems with domestic and foreign policy, will have far-reaching negative consequences. If we do not respect those who are in the service today, if we do not show subtlety, then this will have a bad effect on the army, society, the state in 5, 10, 20 years. On the contrary, we need to create a “positive mythology” about the army, as the United States, Israel and other developed countries do. … I can understand everything – “impudent behavior”, expensive “official cars”, “won” tenders, even fights in the parliament. Until 2018, there was a time when the Serzhevtsy were “getting high”, and now they are doing it – “Nikolovtsy”. But in the middle of this feast, in some corner of the mind, there must be an understanding of the consequences of excessive chatter. Unless, of course, the dizziness of power has not led to what drug addicts call “blackout.”
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