Gayle Madwin (queerbychoice) wrote,
Gayle Madwin

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CBS News Coverage

CBS had some surprisingly pretty sane moments just now. They talked to a reporter stationed in Pakistan who put extreme emphasis on the importance of not killing any innocent Afghan people or else what little tentative support the U.S. has in Pakistan will crumble. Unfortunately they didn't quite go so far as to point out that the U.S. can't very well drop bombs on a city of over a million people without having killed innocent ones; but even so, it was a step in the right direction. I like it when they talk to reporters stationed in the Middle East; those people seem more aware of the lives at stake here.

They also showed enough of an excerpt of Osama bin Laden's videotaped message for bin Laden to get across some references to the atrocities committed by the U.S. government in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Palestine. Obviously most Americans will just patriotically ignore this, but I think they broadcast enough that some of the more intelligent (albeit ignorant) Americans might be motivated to start researching U.S. foreign policy a bit more closely.

I look forward to seeing a transcript of bin Laden's complete speech posted online, since it was hard to judge from this tiny excerpt to what extent the atrocities committed by the U.S. are just excuses he brings up when really he might well want to kill people for other, less rational reasons anyhow. When a person can rally massive numbers of people to die for his cause, that means his rhetoric must be tapping into some experiences and feelings which are (though I hate how both bin Laden and Bush are manipulating common feelings to suppport mass murder) very common, and in need of being addressed (and so we need to figure out what those experiences and feelings primarily are in order for us to come up with a nonviolent attempt to address these people's issues). So I'd like to be able to at least hear the complete set of rhetoric bin Laden is using, in order to get a better sense of what rhetoric has been most effective at motivating people to join his terrorist groups.
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