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Reader comment on item: Strange Logic in the Lebanon War

Submitted by RPaine (Australia), Aug 18, 2006 at 05:28

I would like to share some thoughts that apply here, and I would be interested in any comments.

First of all, we are in a war of ideas, as much as anything else, and thus a media war. Managing, influencing, controlling or manipulating the media successfully affects every facet of life these days: Hollywood Stars use the media to win the coveted Oscar, politicians use the media to gain the prize of Office, and the Islamic Fascists give the media what helps the media get what the media wants - viewers and advertising revenues! To keep my comments to a reasonably short length, I will discuss this from the point of view of what the Islamic Fascists have been doing.

How is this done? It is done by accomplishing something shocking, showing the faces of the most defenseless (women and children) in great distress or pain or dead. And coupling with the film or photo a story that captures Unfairness, Brutality and in some way bestows guilt on the West, Israel or the United States. (By the way, did anyone noticed a single photo of a Hamas Terrorist/fighter with a gun or fighting during the last 30 days?)

On the other hand, the West/USA/Israel spends its time at building powerful military machines, (excuse this interjection) as Conan the Barbarian replied when ask what the greatest thing in life is, he said, "to crush the enemy and hear the lamentation of the woman." (ok, so Conan’s statement might seem quite out of place here but my point is to contrast so please bear with me...and this is the real intent of the Islamic Fascists towards the West!)

The fact is that the present day war has thousands of percent more disinformation than in past wars because in the past disinformation was aimed at the opposing army to confuse, distract, discourage or in some way diminish their will to continue the fight; where now, the disinformation is aimed at the very population that the army is attempting to protect. The reason, of course, is to confuse, distract, discourage or in some way diminish that populations desire to stand in strong support of the army that is doing the hard work to protect and serve it. This is why, in my humble opinion, our media outlets need to stop playing politics and looking for short-term (viewership advertising) gain, for by playing politics and aiming for the quick advertising dollar - the short term - they are placing all non-Muslims at risk (and, for that matter, they also place a great many Muslims at risk too).

There is another dangerous but hidden element that is ever present that shifts the whole paradigm of our perception, which is worrisome, and most people don't realize it; a little like the squeaky wheel gets the grease; but, more accurately, the being that makes the most noise is noticed and has the best chance of influencing the perceptions of others. I recall reading about this many years ago and it was described as follows: a crayfish lays over 2500 eggs under a rock at the bottom of a stream and no one knows about it [quiet/West], yet the chicken lays a single egg and crows and crows and crows until everyone knows about it [loud/Islamists]. The result of our being quiet in our own streets and them being loud in our own streets (and their streets!) is that we begin to question ourselves, our politician, our history, our future - when our focus needs to be on them, the Islamic Fascist, not on whether Granny Mavis might want to bomb or highjack the plane. The Mullahs have held their people back for the past 1300 years, always blaming the West, Israel, and they never had anything but fascism to offer, only subjugation.

So, let them crow, let them scream about cartoons and conspiracy theories, the fact is that we have achieved what they could not ever achieve - and we have achieved this through the empowerment that each man, woman and child has when they are free to choose, to think, to act! But let us be heard, and let us no longer be quiet as in a submissive posture. We must NOT, little by little, become prey to the Mullahs way of thinking.



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