Jon Leidecker wrote:
>>Anyway, the main reason I mention this is that I later went to
>>find any mention of this "unexpected resistance", so honestly and
>>dramatically reported by the BBC, in the American press. nothing.
>>everything was going acccording to plan....
Every channel is covering all aspects, just at different times, it takes
several hours to hear the cycles though. As for the "unexpected
resistance" that's up to the interpretation of the reporter. and guess
what, the people who are less happy with this military operation tend to
use that terminology. it's day 4. they probably haven't seen "light",
"easy" "heavy" "unexpected" "naked" "banana" resistance yet. it's
interesting watching the terminology used by each channel. in the US
most reporters use "US collalition forces", on BBC for an hour
yesterday, those same forces were all "American", in the Arab Media it's
the "Evil Empire" in Iraq it's something else. The same thing with the
Shock and Awe bombing. At first since everyone was assuming the
imaginary stat of 3,000 munition, it was the be all end all, well after
day 1 it was only several hundred munitions, then the bombing became
"Heavy", and every day since the terminology has changed. remember it's
only day 4-5 now, to talk about another statement in another e-mail, it
was talked about 'where is the food' the Humanitarian Aid... are you
serious... nothing is certain, every household could have a soldier in
it and they might all decided to come out. we've just drove by, the
Humanitarian Aid is still several days away, depending on the
'Resistance' given by the locations along the route. one of the keys
now is getting the French Chem Unit (they sent the unit to our bases 2
days ago, briefly mentioned in reports but not dwelt on) into the
supposted Chem Plant. If they give the signal that it is a Chem Plant,
then the world can decide to get on board. that could be a major shift.
there's alot of stuff happening. nanny nanny boo boo
>that's all I meant by 'filters are off'... a lot of stuff gets broadcast
>exactly once, by networks who are desperate to fill airtime, it's just more
>content to them. Filters come into play when they compile the highlights
>of the day's events for prime time...
A good example of this, is when they went to an embedded reporter near
Naseriah (sp?) he was at the front line, and fairly clearly a soldier
was heard saying "die, motherfucker", your not going to see that clip
again anytime soon.
>though reports of 'strong resistance' have finally trickled to domestic
>websites. it's official, day 4 didn't go so well for the 'coalition'...
The coverage waves through all the different opinions. Like on FoxNews,
they interviewed an ex-relative of Saddam, who living in England still
has ties with the family. Well all he could say was that Saddam was
still alive. but they gave him a full segment 3-4 minutes and he
repeated it over and over. when asked for proof or anything
substantial, just like Tariq Aziz, nothing could be given, but he was
able to say over and over that Saddam was alive.
having Al-Jazeera around is a fantastic thing, even thought their
coverage is odd, that tape from the other day is proof of why we were
there. and we'll see if the Arab world understands it. (heck most of
you probably don't believe it) after watching the Iraqi military play
with the dead bodies, they start to ask questions to the soldier. (i'm
paraphrasing here) question "Why are you here" answer "because we were
told" question "What you feel about Iraqi" answer "nothing, i have no
problem with Iraqi people" some other questions about name rank etc.
then the soldier says something like "i don't want to kill Iraqis, if
you shoot at me i'll shoot at you" this same answer was given by
another of the capture soldiers. sure you can play all the mind games
you want, but this is probably the first time this was heard by the Arab
population from a normal US citizen. (can't remember but i don't think
the english though is translated into Arabic languages, so they might
not get the message right away, but it's being played a ton suppostedly
so we'll see if anyone believes the soldiers) if you have the stomach,
i suggest you watch it. anyway, if military is left alone to solve
battles, only one soldier will be left, there are governments and public
opinion which are the other side of the equation, influence it as you will.
i watch tv.
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