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Excellent point, Myth- Wars are waged on TV

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Submitted by sara (United States), Jun 15, 2012 at 14:53

You make an excellent point here. Modern warfare is waged these days as much on TV as on the battlefield. What people see on TV shapes their perceptions and creates the reality as visual images are indisputable and all too real. We all remember the Gulf war and the bombs falling with the nightly explosions. So modern governments must take this into account.

The Arabs are far better PR machines than the west, replaying gory scenes or even staging them (ex: during the Lebanon conflict) to manipulate public opinion and stir the wrath and stomachs of their viewers against the west. They have no regulatory restrictions as we do here in the US, so they can really pile it on to elicit the outrage.

So if the US or other countries were to intervene, they would then become the stars of the nightly news and Assad henchmen or other barbarian massacres would be downplayed.

That brings up an interesting point here: is anyone watching Al Jazeera or other arab news reports to see how they are portraying the violence? Who are they blaming it on and who are they making look good to their viewers?

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