Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: U.S. Setback for Propaganda War

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

U.S. Setback for Propaganda War

The United States is having major propaganda setbacks because of the "horrible images of suffering Iraqi civilians." (Dobbs/Allen) Al-Jazeera news network along with the Riyadh daily of Saudi Arabia have been displaying the vivid images of death and destruction that occured in Baghdad recently. The headline on the newspaper was "Yet Another Massacre by the coalition of invaders..." with news headlines and images of deceased people and their limbs how is the United States supposed to justify what they are doing in Iraq. On the homefront we still have 70% support from the American public according to a United States spokesman. The biggest problem is that if we are accidently killing innocent civilians how are we going to win a propaganda war in Iraq and the middle east. You cannot expect other innocent civilians that are inhabiting those regions to side with our country. Personally, I would have to agree with Shibley Telhami a professor at Maryland University. He said, "the political damage is everywhere. I think ultimately that the U.S. will prevail militarily. But the real issue will be what are the consequences of that victory, and how people in the region perceive the U.S. after this is all over." (Dobbs/Allen) Just because we perceive what we are doing as correct doesn't mean that other people around the world feel the same way, I think the Bush administration should take that into consideration.

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