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In The Battle For Arab Public Opinion, Americans May Be Losing To Saddam

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posted on Mar, 30 2003 @ 12:46 AM
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Hearts and Minds
In The Battle For Arab Public Opinion, Americans May Be Losing To Saddam

A M M A N, Jordan, March 28 A week into the war, Saddam Hussein long discredited and even despised in the Arab world is gaining the kind of support many here would never have imagined. And who's helping him? Many Arabs say it's the Americans.

The Arab media argue the Americans are being less truthful than the Iraqis. The sense here is when the Iraqis make claims downed helicopters, captured American soldiers reported American denials are then contradicted by visual evidence such as showing the captured soldiers on television.

The Pentagon waits for soldiers' families to be informed before publicly confirming captures, but that delay is seen in this part of the world as a stalling tactic or outright deception.

As for Americans' claims the surrender of high-ranking Iraqi officers, the capture of cities such as Umm Qasr Arab journalists seem to relish pointing out that these claims are often proved false.

"I believe the Americans lost the propaganda war from day one of this war, simply because they told inaccurate information," said Abdul Bari Atwan, editor of Al-Quds al-Arabi, an Arab-language newspaper in London.

So despite the fact that coalition forces after one of the fastest advances in military history are within 50 miles of Baghdad, despite the fact that the allies have seized Iraq's southern oil fields, despite the fact that they've so far prevented the Iraqis from firing off any Scud missiles at Israel despite all of this, Saddam may very well be surveying the battlefield tonight with satisfaction.

Resistance Plays Well to Global Audience

"I think it's going pretty well so far, from the Iraqi perspective," said Jeremy Binnie, Middle East editor for Jane's Sentinel, a periodical that assesses security and defense.

"From what we can see on the TV screens, [the] Iraqi regime seems to be functioning still, they're still rolling out their ministers to talk in front of the cameras," added Binnie. "They're giving every impression that they are resisting the coalition invasion, which plays very well to the international audience, especially those opposed to this military action."

After eight days of fighting against the world's sole superpower, Saddam still appears to be in control of Iraq. His officials are displaying bravado during bombardments, there have been no major uprisings against his regime, and his fighters have been putting up the sort of fierce resistance that almost no one expected.




posted on Mar, 30 2003 @ 01:01 AM
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From what I've seen throughout this war concerning the American media, it seems pretty clear that we didn't learn our lessons well from the Vietnam debacle.

Same sh!t...different day.

But the real problem is derived from the sheeple watching this totally one sided media farce (both Western and Arab worlds are to blame) and assuming that they have all the facts.

www.bayarea.com...

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