Media's Role in Terrorism by James Jaeger
From our point of view and most of the world's point of view, America is a very generous and great country, but we also have some things that we need to straighten out in the way we handle this unprecedented terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, otherwise it may lead to our demise.
Milt Bearden, who according to Dan Rather on CBS, is one of the most experienced CIA agents on Middle East issues and was, in fact, one of the field agents that helped run the Afghanistan War. He, and other CIA agents, actually trained up mujahidin forces and Osama bin Laden (full name, Osama bin Muhammad bin Awad bin Laden) in a combined effort to eject the Soviets from Afghanistan around 1989. Bearden said a very wise thing on CBS last night, something we need to listen to, even if we hold the CIA in a little contempt for not preventing the events of Tuesday, the 11th of September 2001. He said: "Osama Bin Laden is the metaphor for the entire problem of terrorism involving Muslims with perceived grievances against the U.S." Although he acknowledged that bin Laden is "evil" and that we need to go after who ever did this, he emphasized that we need to be very cautious saying, "steady as she goes."
Bearden stated, in certain terms, that he is not at all convinced that bin Laden is responsible for this terrorist act. He also said that there is a tendency to want to go in there and "put a mark" on the first person we know of, but then he added that people such as Bin Laden are ALL that we know about as there may be others that we are NOT aware of. He said the issues are VERY complex and the decision on how we handle this could be the most important decisions we will have had to make in the last 40 years. The key idea he tried to impart is that bin Laden is only the METAPHOR for this terrorist problem. We cannot possibly go after the entire nation of Islam, who might have anti-American feelings as embodied in the metaphor of bin Laden. When one of bin Laden's inner circle people was interviewed about a month ago by CBS, he said that his people are willing to die for their cause. He said that it only takes a few of them to take out the White House, or whatever, and they have many who are willing to do such suicide missions.
So why does bin Laden hate the United States? In his own words he says: "The American imposes himself on everyone. Americans accuse our children in Palestine of being terrorists -- those children, who have no weapons and have not even reached maturity. At the same time, Americans defend a country, the state of the Jews, that has a policy to destroy the future of these children. We are sure of our victory against the Americans and the Jews as promised by the Prophet: Judgment day shall not come until the Muslim fights the Jew, where the Jew will hide behind trees and stones, and the tree and the stone will speak and say, 'Muslim, behind me is a Jew. Come and kill him.' Your situation with Muslims in Palestine is shameful -- if there is any shame left in America. Houses were demolished over the heads of children. Also, by the testimony of relief workers in Iraq, the American-led sanctions resulted in the death of more than one million Iraqi children. All of this is done in the name of American interests. We believe that the biggest thieves in the world and the terrorists are the Americans. The only way for us to fend off these assaults is to use similar means. We do not worry about American opinion or the fact that they place prices on our heads. We as Muslims believe our fate is set. We do not differentiate between those dressed in military uniforms and civilians; they are all targets in this fatwa. American history does not distinguish between civilians and military, not even women and children. They are the ones who used bombs against Nagasaki. Can these bombs distinguish between infants and military? America does not have a religion that will prevent it from destroying all people." (Source: ABC reporter John Miller recounts his May 1998 hour-long interview with Osama bin Laden at his camp on a mountaintop in southern Afghanistan. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/binladen/who/miller.html )
So I ask you, how is the United States going to be able to defend itself against people who have these views if there are potentially millions of others that may hold similar sentiment and who are willing to give their lives? I just don't think more war and violence is the answer.
Even though we may consider bin Laden's point of view despicable, it is important to at least hear what he is saying. We also need to consider the ramifications of the Arab-Israeli War as this must be a factor in this. . . something the news media is soft-peddling due their its vested interest in keeping you ignorant and whipping you into a frenzy. It has always been true that people of similar religious and national heritage (even if most of them consider bin Laden extremist) tend to stick together and tend to sympathize with each other's challenges and loyalties.
According to CIA data: "After World War II, the British withdrew from their mandate of Palestine, and the UN partitioned the area into Arab and Jewish states, an arrangement rejected by the Arabs. Subsequently, the Israelis defeated the Arabs in a series of wars without ending the deep tensions between the two sides." (See http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/is.html )
The World Population as of 2000 was about 6 billion of which the Muslim population was about 1.2 billion, the Jewish population about 13 million and the Christian population about 1.1 billion. This means that about 20% of the world's population is Muslim, 18% is Christian and .002% is Jewish.
Of the 13 million Jews in the world, about 5.8 million live in the United States (the majority of 1.75 million living in New York City) and about 4.8 million live in Israel. This boils down to the fact that about 80% of the population in Israel is Jewish and about 20% (or 1.1 million) is mostly Arab Muslims. The population in the West Bank (a dry, land-locked area of about 5,860 square miles right smack in the middle of Israel) is about 2 million, of which Palestinian Arabs comprise 83% (1.7 million) and Jews comprise about 17% (340,000). The predominant religions in the West Bank are thus about 75% Muslim and 17% Jewish (with the balance being mostly Christians). So what you basically have is about 2 million Arab Muslims surrounded by about 4.8 million Jews who hate each other, and who have been fighting a war with each other since the United Nations had the "brilliant" idea of partitioning the country in this insane manner around 1947. And to make matters even more explosive, this nest of hate is surrounded by another 1 billion Muslims of which about 137.3 million live in Pakistan, a country that conducted their first nuclear weapons tests in 1998. Add to this the ominous fact that 84% of Afghanistan's 26.8 million people are Muslim and this is the place where, not only known terrorist bin Laden hangs out, but where he was trained by the CIA to fight Communism.
The United States has about 277 million people, of which 56% are Protestant, 28% are Roman Catholic, 2.1% are Jewish, 4% are other religions and 9.9% have no religious denomination. The point of all these statistics is this: Given the above factors (numbers, relationships and potentially explosive situations) connected with the Arab-Israeli Conflict, we in the United States would be wiser to resolve the attack of 11 September 2001 without adding further violence to the equation or antagonizing the Arab Muslim world any more than we have already done with anti-Arab movies and our uncritical support to Israel. Why is the media NOT talking about this? Because they are obviously part of the problem, as I will explain below in more detail. You can say this is "giving into to terrorism," but it's not. It's cooler heads prevail. I invite you to take a look at the Arab Muslims' point of view:
Bush came on TV and said that the reason we were attacked was because 'America is the world's brightest beacon of freedom.' Here's another point of view on WHY we were attacked by CFR member, Henry Sigman, as reported on Ted Koppel's CBS NIGHTLINE last night: Sigman said: "The U.S. is seen as a sort of an insensitive hegemony, with arrogance that seeks to impose it's own values on the rest of the world. It is seen as an uncritical supporter of the State of Israel in its conflict with the Palestinians and the combination of the two does not make for U.S. popularity in that part of the world."
Adding to this theme is Magnas Raisdorff, who appeared on NIGHTLINE while Ted Koppel, the show's host, was stranded in London. Raisdorff, a reporter in the London branch of CBS, and who is an expert on terrorism, agreed with Sigman, adding the following: "Many in the Arab world regard the U.S., not as an honest broker, but as protecting and shielding Israel over very important political, as well as religious, issues. Among these issues are:
o Israel's control over holy Islamic sites, like the "Dome of the Rock;"
o Presence of U.S. troops near Islamic religious places such as Mecca and Medina;
o The sanctions the U.S. has placed on Iraq are mostly depriving children of drugs and food they desperately need;
o And most importantly, Israel's attacks on prominent Palestinian militants are using equipment, like helicopter gun ships, provided by the U.S. -- more escalation of the tit-for-tat violence that has marred almost every single day of the last year in the Middle East. Thus the U.S. is unilaterally insuring and maintaining Israel's interests and therefore it is partial, and is therefore blocking Palestinian aspirations."
Then Jim Ruden, reporting for CBS NIGHTLINE, also in London, cut in to summarize Raisdorff's report saying: "And THAT is why what happened yesterday, happened (referring to the attacks), NOT because 'America is the world's brightest beacon.'"
Right after Ruden finished stating the above, the camera cut back to a stunned Ted Koppel, who, remember, is stranded in London having to broadcast this edition of NIGHTLINE from there (a more objective environment than back in the U.S.). After four seconds (and I actually counted the seconds on a video tape replay), the stunned Ted Koppel, quipped: "I'd like to broaden the perspective a little bit." Meaning, he wanted to further obfuscate the real issues, so as to not displease the people that cut his pay checks each week (i.e., the network executives that are controlled, directly or indirectly, by the MPAA studio/distributors). So Koppel, a major U.S. media mouth-piece, immediately put his 'old friend,' Walter Slocombe (former Undersecretary of Defense in the Clinton Administration) on camera and encouraged more hawkish talk, so as to continue with the media's propaganda campaign to whip Americans into a war frenzy along the authorized U.S. media PR-strategy. The point is this: it is common knowledge that the U.S. media is run, or influenced heavily by the New York- and Hollywood-based MPAA studio/distributors, which includes Ted Koppel's NIGHTLINE (when not broadcasting out of London where a more balanced view is extant). It is further common knowledge that these same MPAA studio/distributors are influenced, owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by a narrowly-defined group of liberal, not very religious, Jewish males of European heritage. While one should pause to recognize that the Jews involved in the media are NOT necessarily representative of Jews in general, it is obvious that they ARE "pushing buttons" that effect Jews in general (as well as American) and THIS is important to note. Many of the Jews involved in the Arab-Israeli Conflict, hate the Arabs and vice versa. After all, they have been fighting this War for decades. On the other hand, Arab Muslims are hardly "in control" of the U.S. motion picture industry or the media, as are certain liberal, not very religious, Jews (many of whom, no doubt, have loyalties and sympathy with their counterparts in Israel and the West Bank). Thus, there is a serious conflict of interest in the reporting of the "news" to Americans at this time.
For decades, the media, and especially Hollywood-based motion picture output (which gets shipped out all over the world, including the Arab-Muslim World), have endlessly depicted Arabs in negative and stereotypical ways that are a) antagonistic, if not infuriating, to Arabs and Muslims and b) have the effect of biasing the American public against Arabs and Muslims. Is this okay? Is it okay for a narrowly-defined group to be able to use the most powerful mass communications machine ever devised to influence the opinions and emotions of people in a Democratic nation? Is it okay that liberal, not very religious Jews, who are working in the media, be allowed to impose their "spin" of world events (and terrorist attacks) as well as news relating to the Arab-Israeli Conflict on the American People? Certainly the Arabs and Muslims don't think so. And I bet, many of the people in the London-based BBC and Canadian-based broadcasting industry, not to mention the Hispanic- and Asian-Americans communities, don't think so either. All these groups are disenfranchised with respect to the movies and the media. So, it could be said that, by not paying enough attention to issues in connection with the movie industry and the media, the American People have allowed ONE narrowly-defined group of people to gain control over the most powerful propaganda machine ever devised and this group is hurting ANOTHER group -- the vast majority of which are peace-loving Muslims.
So, as you watch "Attack on America" on your TV, realize that you are getting a view of the issues with a very definite "spin" on them. You are getting reports on the events of 11 September from the point of view of what is acceptable to the media control group, which again, as research indicates is comprised predominantly of liberal, not very religious Jewish males of European heritage. (See research at http://www.homevideo.net/FIRM/bginfo.htm for details on the most extensive study ever done on this issue.)
No one, including myself, is saying that the terrorists who are responsible for the horrible destruction of lives and property last Tuesday should not be sought out and brought to justice. This needs to be done, but we must proceed cautiously and try to gain a better understanding of the over-all picture that is going on before we start throwing any more cruise missiles or power around. I know everyone wants to hang these terrorists right now, but that is a lynching of justice if we act without thinking the thoughts through carefully and prudently and it could be a VERY dangerous thing to do. As my statistics above show, there are MANY Arab Muslims in the world and there is no assurance that all of them, especially those in Pakastan, will accept further US abuse of the their Muslim brothers. Remember, there are many more Muslims than there are Christian or Jewish Americans and these people stick together. At the same time, they are just as peace-loving as we Americans (including most Jews and Christians), but they are, if antagonized further by American MOVIES/MEDIA or our biased foreign POLICY towards Israel, capable of causing great further damage to the United States. Again, even though the vast majority of Muslims are peace-loving and in no way condone terrorist attacks, some of them are FED UP with us and they are in guerrilla war mode, something I do not believe we can win -- just like we could not win in Vietnam. If you consider that there are 1.1 billion people in the Muslim world and 99 percent of them would never attack America, this still leaves one percent, or a potential 1.1 MILLION terrorists who may be willing to die for their beliefs. Think what they could do when you consider what less than 50 did to the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. In my view, those attacks were "just" a shot across the bow of the Good Ship USA. And that shot was delivered to a) get our attention, and b) see how we will handle some of the things they have been anguishing over and tolerating for decades. We are not the only ones who have lost many loved ones. We need to remedy this thing, not just throw missiles around in endless mindless retaliation. This is not giving into terrorism. This is rising to the occasion with intelligence and concern. This is displaying the highest principles of Christianity and what it means to be an American. The Jewish-influenced media is going to try and whip you into a frenzy so that you will do their deed of assaulting their Arab Muslim enemies. These are not America's enemies. These are Israel's enemies. We need to get out of Israel and withdraw all U.S. support for both the Israelis and the Arabs there UNTIL they resolve their differences. We also need to stop being reliant on Arab oil, because, even though the vast majority of them are basically a peace-loving group, some of them consider us the terrorists. The Jewish-influenced U.S. media does NOT give you this perspective, as does the London media, because many of them are anti-Arab. Therefore DON'T base your decisions on what we must do from data you get from the U.S. media. Watch the media that comes in from other countries, such as the BBC and Canada, to get a more balanced, sane, view.
Various Islamic extremists consider the "United Nations a slave of the international state-sponsored terrorism." That's what their protest banners say when translated. In other words, it is clear that THESE PEOPLE CONSIDER YOU AND I TERRORISTS. And in fact, to some degree, our actions HAVE been the exact same actions as terrorists, because we HAVE bombed their innocent women and children and WE ARE uncritically supporting THEIR enemies, Jews in Israel. From THEIR point of view, they are accurate, we are terrorists to some degree. They love THEIR people just as much as we love ours. They love their children just as much as we love ours. They are human just like we are human. They bleed exactly the same and have exactly the same DNA as we have. The religion of Islam (worshiped by Muslims) even has more similarities, by far to Judeo-Christian religion, than it has differences. There is fundamentally NO difference between Americans, Arabs, and Jews, but some of them consider America is an enemy (and an enemy of Islam) because we continuously bomb them and support their enemies. Osama bin Laden is therefore the hero of the Moslem world, because he symbolizes the stand against anyone, or any nation, who is antagonistic to Arab Muslims or their religious beliefs. Thus they consider that the U.S. is "trying to destroy their Islamic way of life". All of this was reported, to his credit, by Dan Rather and Ed Bradley on late night CBS (at about 11:45 PM on 12 September 2001).
Again, I repeat, America is a VERY generous and great country, but we also have some things that we need to straighten out in the way we handle our superpower status, otherwise it will lead to our demise. We cannot let this recent terrorist attack escalate into any bigger problem because if it does, not only could the U.S. be totally wiped out by Muslims who are fed up with our uncritical support of Israel, but the entire world could be put in jeopardy. These terrorists who flew jumbo jets into the World Trade Towers are quite capable of destroying every oil well in the Middle East the United States depends on. Since we have been negligent in developing alternative non-fossil fuels, we are in trouble if we lose this oil as we will not have enough to operate the domestic and industrial infrastructure of the United States. None of this is to mention the fact that if all the oil wells were destroyed, the plum of smoke that would develop could eventually encompass the entire world, blacken the sky and plunge us into "nuclear winter." All life on earth could be wiped out. None of this is to mention the threat of biological or nuclear weapons being thrown around by Arab Muslim brothers. Again, as I write this, it is very uncertain how ALL of the people in Pakistan will react to the United States request for cooperation. These people are part of the Muslim world. They have the atomic bomb. They may NOT all side with the U.S. in attacking their Arab Muslim brothers. And what if their government DOES, but a small rouge group of them don't and get the bomb or chemical weapons? Cooler heads MUST prevail in all of this. Don't let the media whip you into a frenzy. Remember Kennedy's cooler head in the face of the Cuban Missile Crises? It may have saved us from nuclear catastrophe.
It is clear, we MUST do everything we can to understand what we have done to pull-in these terrorist attacks on NYC and DC and STOP doing it. Then we must find, and bring to justice, the people that are responsible for these terrorist attacks (and make sure THEY also stop doing it), but we MUST temper this justice with amends for the "terrorism" WE, in the U.S., have perpetrated on their people as well. There are always two sides to every story. (See http://www.internationalANSWER.org)
No real justice can be delivered by a country that is not totally ethical and just themselves. As an associate at Matrixx Entertaionment succinctly put it: "At this point, the U.S. is going to have to choose. We can choose to remain allied with Israel and remain a target, in which case we will have to adopt an Israel-style police state to ensure our security; in short, we must give up our freedoms to protect Israel. And still there will be no guarantees that this will NEVER AGAIN recur. Or we can sever our alliance with Israel and adopt a neutral stance, in which case the U.S. will no longer be a target for Arab terrorists. I vote for the latter. It offers the best hope that such attacks will NEVER AGAIN recur. . . the preservation of Israel is being bought with ever more American blood and treasure. Countries/humans must agree with the Human Rights and deal exclusively with other countries/humans respecting the Human Rights. Ignoring this is putting oneself at stake, at the mercy of others. As long as it is not considered by Nations from all over the world, we cannot expect more peace on the Planet . . . and Free Trade as well. This is a WORLDWIDE issue. This said: yes, the "guilty ones" must pay. But if the worldwide attitude doesn't change, History will repeat itself A-G-A-I-N . . . OVER AND OVER . . ."
And lastly, we must stop purchasing so much oil from the Arab nations and become self-reliant, preferably on FUSION energy -- which is on the verge of fruition.
What is nuclear fusion? Here is what it is according to the Max-Plank Institute:
"The goal of fusion research is to derive energy from fusion of atomic nuclei. Nuclear fusion is an important natural process: Many chemical elements originate from hydrogen through fusion; fusion is the energy source of the sun and stars. Under terrestrial conditions it is the two hydrogen isotopes, deuterium and tritium, that fuse most readily. In the process a helium nucleus is produced, this being accompanied by release of a neutron and large quantities of useful energy: One gram of fuel could generate 90,000 kilowatt-hours of energy in a power plant - the combustion heat of 11 tonnes of coal.
Fusion fuels are cheap and uniformly distributed on earth. Seawater contains deuterium in almost inexhaustible quantities. Tritium, a radioactive gas with a short half-life of 12.3 years, hardly occurs in nature. It can, however, be formed in a power plant from lithium, which is likewise abundantly available. Since, moreover, a fusion power plant will have ecologically favourable properties, fusion could make an enduring contribution to future energy supply."If only we would take the remaining steps towards a clean-energy world with fusion, we could delete some of the primary conflicts and sources of terrorism from the World's problems.
14 September 2001
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