Chilling scenes from a videotape made by insurgents show the work of snipers in Iraq, targeting and killing American troops, taking them down with a single bullet from a high-powered rifle.
The graphic video of 10 sniper attacks was obtained by CNN — through intermediaries — from the Islamic Army of Iraq, one of the most active insurgent organizations in Iraq.I thought the “intermediaries” were those like CNN and Reuters that so gladly deliver the terrorists’ message to the world. I can’t help but wonder how many terrorists could be caught by following the trails backward from al Jazeera and CNN and Reuters and others. I hope that we are already doing that, but would not be surprised to find we are not.
Update: I agree with Mary Katharine about the context in which CNN offers videos like this and how it differs from the way many bloggers present them.
Allah notes that there’s a news angle to airing stuff like this, which is true. He and the Jawa boys and other bloggers do it all the time, but they do it without taking a inquisitive, “closer look” at the Islamic Army of Iraq. They do it while calling these guys thugs and monsters and terrorists, and illustrating the lengths they’re willing to go to kill infidels. CNN’s coverage does not take that tack.
And, CNN has, in the past declined to show the beheadings of kidnapping victims and the Mohammed cartoons due to their “sensitivity.” But American soldiers killed by snipers, a couple weeks before midterm elections in which Iraq is a central question? Bring. It. On.
Here is the deal — the terrorists we face may be living in caves and using the bushes for bathrooms, but they have satellite phones and video equipment and they not only understand enough technology to be able to use them, but they understand enough about our media to know how to manipulate them to their advantage. You would think that some of the executives and journalists at places like CNN, would understand that at least as well as a bunch of guys living (almost literally) in the stone ages. I happen to believe they do understand it and yet allow themselves to be used, in many instances willingly, to assist the terrorists in spreading their anti-American message. The only thing I have some confusion over is whether they do so because they share a similar hatred for America, or if they just can’t resist the big story. I really hope it is the latter.