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Propaganda and PR

Reader comment on item: Op Eds Now More Central in War than Bullets

Submitted by Caesar M. Arevalo (United States), Oct 18, 2006 at 00:03

The fact that anti-American propaganda is kicking and alive in the American media is nothing new. Anti-Americanism can be seen clearly in the Hollywood elite and its senseless movies, opportunistic politicians, and the so called "civil rights" groups (ACLU, et). And that is exactly what is destroying a whole generation of Americans who are ashamed of being called Americans and are even afraid of waving an American flag for fear of being ridiculed.

As Mr. Pipes said, our loyalty has been shifted "to one's political community – socialism, liberalism, conservatism, or Islamism, to name some options. Geographical and social ties matter much less than of old."

A generation who is born and raised in a society whose values are daily mocked and trashed in Universities, newspapers, talk shows, movies, songs, and Internet, are less likely to believe in the greatness of their native country.

I believe that public relations are very important in our war against Islamic fanatics who use terror to advance their political agenda. I also believe that our current leaders have been negligent in making use of this important tool in order to influence the international community against organized terror. However, even the best public relation strategy would fail, if the American government does not fight back the enemy within that is brainwashing the average American "Joe." That will be the test for a effective Public Relations of War.

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