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  • Nuances

       June 22, 2004

    "We shall make no distinction between those who commit these terrorist acts and those who televise them."

    Let’s make something clear: these terrorist whack jobs that keep murdering "infidels" in the name of “Allah” are playing to the television cameras. They want a platform to spread their message of hate, and these arab "news" stations are giving them that platform by televising their statements, demands, and cold-blooded murders. It’s high time that we do something to stop these killings. It’s high time that we take away their soapbox.

    "We shall make no distinction between those who commit these terrorist acts and those who televise them."

    By not acting now, here is the message that we’re sending: if you do something shocking enough, something crazy enough, we’ll put you on TV. We’ll help you get your message out. By not acting now, we’re aiding and abetting terrorists everywhere. By not acting now, our hands are stained red with blood.

    What is wrong with knocking Al-Jazeera or Al-Arabiya off of the air? Critics will say that "free speech" and "free press" principles forbid such action. Why? This has nothing to do with free speech. This has nothing to do with the so-called fourth estate. This is about taking the tools of terror away from those who abuse them. Adopting a media policy that prohibits coverage of events like these is no different than developing a policy that prohibits bludgeoning another to death with a television camera.

    It is indeed a sad and telling time when we allow these people to use western technology, technology that is capable of beaming their message around the world to a billion eager viewers in under a second, to rage against the west and preach their backwards system that wouldn’t allow for enough "progress" to build a tin-can treehouse telephone.

    We shall make no distinction between those who commit these terrorist acts and those who televise them.

    President Bush, it’s time to get the message out.

    Posted by jkhat at June 22, 2004 02:27 PM

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