Ancient history sometimes provides guidance for us now and in the future. Consider that way back in late 2002 and early 2003, the political class, reinforced by the corporate media punditry, hyped the threat of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). These groups used weapons of mass deception -- newspapers, talk radio and television "news" programs -- to build support for an unwarranted and illegal attack on Iraq over its non-existent WMDs.

The political class and its lapdog pundits used these weapons of mass deception to easily drown out the warnings of a few brave politicians, reporters and peace activists. For example, MSNBC dropped Phil Donahue's successful television program because he had true patriots on who strongly challenged and successfully refuted the administration's case for an attack on Iraq.

Ultimately, the pundits and many of the politicians who were involved in spreading the lies that led to the colossal Iraqi disaster paid no price for their complicity in this war crime. None of the political leaders from either political party were put on trial for their roles in the war crimes against Iraq. In addition, most of the media "experts" were not held accountable for their role in building support for war crimes.

In this country we jail people for "crimes" such as sleeping on park benches or for leaking incriminating information about questionable governmental actions. However we allow those who facilitate war crimes to remain in positions of political leadership or in the media posing as experts. (We also fail to charge, let alone jail, any of those on Wall Street who, abetted by the political class, committed the greatest heist in history.)

Without accountability, these criminals will not change their behaviors.

Unsurprisingly, the political class and pundits are again using disinformation, trying to sway the public into supporting another unwarranted and illegal attack. This time the target is Iran and the alleged reason is the threat of its non-existent nuclear weapons. The case for an attack on Iran is even flimsier than for the attack on Iraq. However, you would never know that from the U.S. corporate media.

For information on the Iranian situation, see https://sites.google.com/site/cocaati/case-against-attacking-iran. Please contact the White House (202-456-1111) and Congress (202-224-3121) and voice your opposition to an attack on Iran.

To learn about changes in the media, attend the conference in Denver, April 5-7 (http://conference.freepress.net/ncmr-2013).