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[ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] Yes, Nermin, I agree. There is a shelf of books on the same topic at Exeter University Library, and I would think in most academic libraries throughout the world, I think most people who write agree that the Gulf War was "The Triumph of the Image over Reality", where in the end, politicians and reporters were given untrue facts which they debated, discussed, elaborated on, got excited about, and spread to the ordinary person in the West. I disagree that the incubator story was important though, I don't think that people are won over by one image, they are won over by repeating the same sort of story in many ways. The media image against the Arab began long before the Gulf War, there were lots of books written showing how the world's press discriminated against the Arab, that's what made it easy to turn the world against Iraq, the world had been gradually bit by bit over centuries given the impression that the Arab is not to be trusted, the Arab is inherently bad or foolish. (The most noted critique of Western attitudes to Arabs was Edward Said's Orientalism published in 1978). This same process continues to the present day. Populations everywhere including the West are controlled without force, making them think what the rulers want them to think, giving "consent" to things which are not in the interests of humanity. That's what makes it so easy for Sharon, Bush, etc to get their way when they are planning to do something which is incredibly wicked. Breaking this image is going to be a long, long job and it needs Arabs to unite in order to do it properly. You can't blame Bush for following his own interests (or for that matter, Sharon or Saddam) and you can't blame them for controlling the media to try to get what they want. You can blame Arabs for not putting their act together and acting in their own interests; they don't do it. What Arabs need to realise is that they are educated, intelligent, wealthy (at least some Arabs) and numerous and if you put your act together, YOU CAN WIN THE MEDIA WAR. Your "enemy" is the oil lobby and the Zionist/anti-Arab lobby in US/Europe (particularly US), but ARABS TOGETHER HAVE MORE RESOURCES THAN THESE LOBBIES HAVE. YOU CAN WIN, YOU MUST WIN, FOR HUMANITY. But if you continue to squabble between yourselves, you might as well give the Iraqi, Saudi, Iranian, Kuwaiti oil wells to Bush as a present to go with his oil and gas pipeline in Afghanistan because in the end, that is what he wants. If you aren't able to join together, you needn't even bother with a war, just lie down and die, or kneel at the feet of Bush and worship him and pledge your undying (or dying) support and say you will live on peanuts and do everything he wants. Why bother to lose bits of wars which could go on for ages and cause a lot of hardship when you can get it all over and done in one go; if you don't influence what's written in the Western/world media, you will never win. Either start now to fight the media or you will all be crushed by the powers of USA, with the consent of the world. We need a "Wake Up" call to Arabs in general so that rich and poor, and every Arab nation, starts standing shoulder to shoulder, and saying, enough is enough, we want peace and justice for Arabs and all the people of the world, and finding a way of getting that message through to the media together. America and Israel between them have enough nuclear power to wipe out the Arab states, these weapons are sited close to the oil states NOW, and you can't believe that the consequences of a nuclear strike on Arabs would be so bad that they wouldn't do it, believe me, they might, all they need is an excuse, and that is why they are still going round telling everyone that Arabs are bad and mad, in so many words. So that when they want to press that red button, no-one in the Western world will say "Well, no, I don't agree". They will all say "Go ahead, that's just what those nasty Arabs deserve". Without Arab unity, no hope for Iraq, no hope for the Middle East, and if that happens, no hope for humanity. This argument is not about the misrepresentation of Arabs in Iraq, it is about human rights for all. Judith. _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk