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Allawi and the media-terrorist feedback loop

Iraqi prime minister Iyad Allawi understands how terrorists work and points out how the media help them:

Iyad Allawi, the Iraqi prime minister, demanded yesterday that Kenneth Bigley's kidnappers be starved of publicity.

He said the intense exposure given to the plight of the Liverpool engineer was only encouraging the taking of more hostages.

"Terrorists feed on the media," he said. "If you cut off this oxygen, they will die very quickly."

I don't know about "very quickly", but it sure couldn't hurt. I don't think the media should be censored, but they could exhibit some self-restraint.
"Let us not forget that this terrorism depends entirely on publicity. We therefore need to think long and hard about how this kidnapping has been covered by the media . . .

"Can we justify showing videos of hostages or groups of armed and hooded men? Is this not exactly the publicity the terrorists seek? Should we play their game?"

Unfortunately, I think he's wasting his breath.

(via NealeNews)


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