Monday, September 04, 2006

The War on Terror and the Media

As much as the War on Terror (TradeMark anyone?!) is a war between Bush and the radical Islamic Terrorists, as much is it a war between the media outlets. On the one side the underground terrorist groups media networks on the internet and Al-Jazeera, on the other side, the elderly paper and television industry of the US and Britain.

It is all about words and timing, it seems. While Al-Quaida announced a new video, which asked Americans to convert to Islam to prevent further terrorist attacks (seems like threats, doesn't it?), the Iraqi government countered with the announcement that it captured the second-in-command in of the Al-Quaida Iraq cell. Of course, most media reported that this will be a major problem for the terror network, because there will be a lack of good officers to replace the now dead leader.

I don't think so, I think this is as much about media effect as it is about REAL news. This war is fought with words and pictures more than with weapons. It is not about closed quarter territorial fights, it is about the minds of many people and about mindsets.
Therefore, as one could have easily observed from the Palestine adventure and its "equal" representation in the western media, the sword is often substituted with the quill and the paper.

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