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#1 porky

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Posted 24 March 2003 - 08:49 PM

Propaganda on parade


THE pictures of the dead and captured American soldiers paraded on Iraqi television provide some horrifyingly familiar reminders of the last Gulf War.

There is no doubt that the Iraqis are in breach of the Geneva Convention just by showing these graphic images. Even more horrific, it appears clear that two of the dead soldiers had been murdered. One of the Iraqi soldiers turned the bodies over so that their wounds could be more clearly seen by the cameras. At least two appeared to have been shot through the head, and the men were lying on the floor in pools of their own blood, indicating they had not been killed in combat.

The soldiers had been captured by a militia fiercely loyal to Saddam Hussein, and the TV broadcast is a propaganda blow for America.

Although US TV stations will not show the images, the use of footage may yet backfire on Iraq. As America wakes up to this appalling news, it is likely to entrench further support for the war.

This is no Somalia or Vietnam. If anything American resolve to win the war will probably be strengthened and their forces will be galvanised into greater action.

It is already urgent that this should be so as the ground war in Iraq now enters a crucial phase.

America has penetrated its armour deep into Iraq. But as has happened in the battle for Nasiriya, Iraqi defences have been able to disperse and carry out guerrilla attacks on the far more vulnerable supply lines.

There is also fighting going on still in the towns, and no town has fallen completely to the control of the allied forces. It was hoped that the troops may be welcomed as liberators of the Iraqi people, yet no town has surrendered.

Now the spearhead of the American armour is stuck outside Najaf, 100 miles south of Baghdad, and troops are preparing to face Saddam's Republican Guard.

We will see how America copes with this next phase. It appears that military commanders are trying to consolidate the position in the south, and that is a sensible approach.

They cannot afford to stretch supply lines by leaving them too vulnerable to attack. While such losses will probably not alter the course of the war, they will provide more casualties - and more opportunities for Iraqi propaganda tactics.

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#2 wali

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Posted 24 March 2003 - 08:54 PM

yanks were displaying captives on thursday and friday.
guatilimo bay is full of reluctant tv stars
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#3 Sebastian

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Posted 24 March 2003 - 09:10 PM

Come on guys, wake up, there is a war going on.

No UN means no rules.
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#4 Source

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Posted 24 March 2003 - 09:14 PM

and they tend not to send a bazillion bombs our way on account of having the suspicion we might become a threat.

edit: became.

still, don't let me stop you waffling your inane bullshit, it's funny in such harsh times.
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#5 wali

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Posted 24 March 2003 - 09:18 PM

Originally posted by Diogenes
We don't televise the interrogations, Wali, and we don't proudly display the corpses of executed prisoners.



you violate the geneva conventions.
it is only a matter of by how much.
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#6 KoWT

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Posted 03 February 2005 - 06:06 AM

funny that porky's old timey post about propaganda somehow, over time, actually turned into weak hackneyed propaganda itself

remember when we publicly displayed pictures of Saddam's dead and mangled sons?
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