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I have mostly had access to western media which mainly stated that the Israeli were captured in Israel. In the US (and to some extent in UK, to a lesser extent in Canada, I'm not sure about Australia), a lot of media are owned or influenced by members of the jewish community, so the news that relates to israel is often bias while anyone that questions such a bias or happens to disagree with Israeli policy is accused of anti-semitism. Many citizens are not aware of this concentration of media and bias, beleiving what tey see on TV or what they read in the papers.|
I was not sure about the location of the soldiers (its a he says she says situation, since I was not there myself). In any case Israel's attack of civilian infrastructure and disproportionate use of military power is inexcusable as is the US's tacid support and unwillingness to call for an immediate cease fire while civilian casualties were mounting each day is also outrageous, although we now suspect it was a plan to prepare for Iran all along which is even worst.
Who will send their fellow citizens risk their lives to keep peace in lebanon when Israel shelled and bombed a UN post and when it appears that the US and Israel who wont risk troops their may very well trigger the Hezbolla's wrath by attacking Iran?
As for the Nukes for Iran as a defense against US invasion, I have to say that although I currently beleive that Iran's desire for Nuke is in self defense, many people I talk too are afraid Iran would use it in a terrorist attack and it is very difficult to convince them that such Nukes would be a defensive deterent. Iran's anger towards the west (mainly US and Israel) is understandable when considering the role of the US and UK in putting the brutal Shah dictatorship to rubber-stamp corporation pludering, but, Iran's retoric is hurting its image. When they say Israel should be wiped out it might be popular in Iran but it is taken as Public Relation amunition to make people afraid of Iran.
Iran, and China for that matter, should have a number people dedicated and coordinating to public relations in the US, media, and lobbyist to counter those from Israel, for people in the US dont want war but if all they hear is one side that propagates fear they can be dangerous. Investing in PR in the US is almost worth as much as military spending imo. Israel can count on selected members of the jewish community to serve as a conduit, other nations could use similar method so that a certain balance in 'points of views' can be acheived.
[ Last edited by icewendigo at 2006-8-15 02:21 AM ]