Prime Minister Tony Blair
Propaganda is used a great deal by many politicians. This essay is going to explain how Prime Minister Tony Blair used propaganda in his March 5, 2004 speech on defending the war in Iraq.
Tony Blair’s speech was given in Sedgefield, and was his attempt at justifying military actions in the war of Iraq. He also warned about the continued threat of global terrorism. He talks about waking up one day to find terrorists have used weapons of mass destruction and we get sucked into a conflict. He talks about September 11th and that it itself did not create the threat of Saddam, but it altered the risk of whether to deal with it or just carry on while containing it.
The main type of propaganda used in Blair’s speech was Loaded Words. He used strong words like Armageddon to describe the nature of terror threat, and revelation for showing his belief that the war was necessary. He described his opponents as utterly naïve and monstrously premature. Another type of propaganda I believed he used is Glittering Generality. He spoke of an international community and human kind.
The purpose for the use of propaganda in Tony Blair’s speech was to convince the audience that going to war was necessary and justified. He wanted to change the minds of anti-war people and make the people that were for the war believe in it more. He wanted people to adopt his attitude and beliefs about the subject. Blair emphasized the importance of continuing the war against terrorism in a way that had strong meaning. The overall purpose of the speech was to defend the war against Iraq.
In conclusion, propaganda has been around for decades, being used in political speeches, debates, and even in campaigns. It started around the 20th century mainly with Hitler and now has become more than just a term.