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NATO Research Topic: Examining the Propaganda Tactics of Operation Unified Protector: 'the full set of 20 propaganda leaflets that were being dropped over cities in Libya during the aforementioned operations.'

NATO Propaganda Leaflets Found In Tripoli, The Atlantic, August 2011.
posted by the man of twists and turns (7 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Extremely strong focus on "One Libya" in all those pamphlets.

Attempt to pre-empt iraq-style factional conflicts, or is this typical language for these kinds of pamphlets?
posted by striatic at 10:05 PM on October 19, 2012


One of the ongoing challenges both during and after the revolution is that Libya's regional divisions (between the east, south and western 'states') have become more pronounced one a political strongman was gone. They existed prior to revolution in that the Gaddafi gov consistently underserved eastern cities (of course he under served Tripoli as well, but other cities even more so).
Inability to agree on how resources and political power are divided will continue to play a role in Libya for a while, even thought some strides have been made (an elected council, supposed work towards a finalized government system)
posted by mulligan at 10:31 PM on October 19, 2012

or is this typical language

The data set, I do not think she is very large.

But certainly in this case, the National Transitional Council already existed pre-intervention and was endorsed by the international community. That wasn't the case in Iraq, where of course you had a very pro-American Kurdistan coupled with much less amenable Sunni and Shi'a groups of various ethnic extractions, depending geographically. On the day that ground troops reached Baghdad, there was operative government whatsoever. I'm not going back and looking up information on the propaganda for that campaign, but I am pretty sure it was of the order "support Iraq and lay down your weapons" rather than "support this new regime". Whether that is more or less effective may depend on circumstance.
posted by dhartung at 11:54 PM on October 19, 2012

Actually, dropping leaflets from planes has been one of the oldest propaganda techniques in the book, around since military aviation first took off.
posted by dazed_one at 5:38 AM on October 20, 2012

This is a particularly interesting delivery method.
posted by dazed_one at 5:41 AM on October 20, 2012

ah, yes, dazed one: I recall chatting with a friend who was to drop free pass leaflets over enemy positions in North Korea. 91950-51) He asked me if I wanted to go along with him to do it. I told him I imagined we would have to fly fairly close to the ground. He agreed ...I turned down his nice offer of a free ride.
posted by Postroad at 7:14 AM on October 20, 2012

Airborne propaganda in classic Soviet "turn it up to 11" style.
posted by dazed_one at 12:03 PM on October 20, 2012

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