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Craig

I don't agree. I think this video, if it works at all, will anger Americans. Not frighten them.

If you want to complain about videos, complain about the one CNN just aired that showed American troops being killed in Iraq.

If CNN shows that, they should show video of terrorists being killed by American troops as well. And they shoudl show the bodies of terrorists stacked up at the morgue, unclaimed too.

fishbane

Craig should consider the words of the Instapundit, if he wishes to take that stance - that this is an "information war", and that how communications are used is important to both understanding and fighting the "war".

Of course, I feel there's a kernel of truth there, but my main disagreement is that there is an actual war with a pile of rag-tag terrorists. We do have one on with Iraq, but that one is our fault. But in any case, arguing a media role in war needs to account for intent and effect. Unless, of course, you're simply a shill.

anon

While I have, uh, disagreements with Craig's view expressed there, on one point I kind of agree: the US media is deliberately sanitizing the war. It's just another video game and flag waving ceremony to most Americans. That CNN video - what a joke, you can pull up dozens or even hundreds of videos like that online, and suddenly it's like some shocker? If Americans saw the reality of this war, they would be far more circumspect and less glib in their opinions. "bodies of terrorists" stacked up in the morgue eh? You'd see 100 times as many bodies of innocent men, women, children, grandmas, grandpas, etc stacked up, half with US shrapnel and half with insurgent or militia shrapnel in them. Everybody comes out dirty in this war. No heroes, only death and lies.

Craig

You'd see 100 times as many bodies of innocent men, women, children, grandmas, grandpas, etc stacked up, half with US shrapnel and half with insurgent or militia shrapnel in them. Everybody comes out dirty in this war. No heroes, only death and lies.

Lets suppose that's true, which I don't believe... I don't believe the death squads are kidnapping and killing people at random, but lets suppose all you say is true... So?

If we're going to show people being killed in Iraq, lets do it. Lets not just show the video of Americans being killed - that's what the terrorists want. Lets show how many other prople the violence is claiming. That's NOT what the terrorists want.


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