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Monday, June 06, 2005

Promoting Terrorism

About a year ago, I was talking to a colleague about the terrorists and the videos they release and get broadcasted on TV. I told him that such videos should never be broadcasted because it only helps the terrorists. When the terrorists release such videos, it is because they want to show it to the world, they want to deter people and they want to be heard. And therefore, it is important that they won't be heard.

The terrorists kidnap people for one of two reasons; either to get a ransom and the victim most of the time is an Iraqi (or in some cases an Italian!); or to publicise terror. Hence, it is our responsibility to not give them the publicity they are seeking. Think about it, if they can't publicise their terror, what good would it do them to kidnap if not for money? If they kill the victim, all the publicity they would get is a headline saying terrorists killed a foreign businessman; and no one would see Mr X pleading for his life or getting executed on TV.

I am not saying that Mr X is not worth the attention, but showing the video would put Mr X's life in more danger because the message of killing Mr X will serve their publicity agenda, and it would make the kidnapping business a successful PR exercise to terrorise the world. Therefore, TV stations like al Jazeera helps only the terrorists when they broadcast these videos.

Rumsfeld said that al Jazeera promotes terrorism:

"If anyone here lived in the Middle East and watched a network like Al-Jazeera day after day after day, even if you were an American you would begin to believe that America was bad," Rumsfeld told an Asian defense conference.

"Quite honestly, I do not get up in the morning and think that America is what's wrong with the world. The people that are going on television, chopping off people's heads is what's wrong with the world."

"And television networks that carry it and promote it and are Johnny-on-the-spot every time there's a terrorist act are promoting it," he said.

Qatar-based Al-Jazeera, a pan-Arab station, denies it holds any anti-American bias and says it reports the news objectively.

Okay, I will not comment on al Jazeera's laughable objectivity, but can al Jazeera say that they report responsibly? Can they say that they care more about innocents than they care about terrorists or about having an exclusive from terrorists? I do not think so because if they did, they wouldn't broadcast the video the minute the terrorists deliver it to them! And why the terrorists deliver to al Jazeera only and not to other channels? Because they are buddies.

2 Comments:

Blogger dcat said...

Ahmad,

The day after day stuff is a form of brain washing. It is interesting how weak the mind can be on some people. It doesn't take much for some.

June 06, 2005 2:48 pm  
Blogger Goesh said...

Well said!

June 06, 2005 5:08 pm  

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