Um yep, I'm not disagreeing with any of your points other than the 1 point about why the populace are generally ignorant, and I certainly agree with your points about fake news, propaganda etc.Yeah but fake news is nowhere near as vicious as its predecessor communist propaganda was, or even McCarthyism and so on. Can we at least agree that NZDF is short 2 frigates, an air combat wing and a light infantry battalion.
So my daughter, even if I was wearing a hat and standing in a crowd she would still be able to recognise me from across the other side of the field because she has grown accustomed to my silhouette. If she couldn't recognise me then any doctor would correctly diagnose that as something wrong with her intelegence.
I use to travel across The Harbour Bridge and you could literally see one of the old Lender Frigates, okay they where a little old but when I drive over The Habour Bridge today what I see is hardly inspiring. Every day hundreds of thousands file past Deveport Navel Base or Whanuapai, you wouldn't exactly drive past and go that's the one, Y'know that's the ticket. Going back to my example of intelegence, everyone can literally see the risks building up and I don't belive for a secound that everyone is that stupid.