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[ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] I happened to see the same thing last night. I think it may have actually played several times. My sense is that it is probably not part of a larger plot as much as it is an observation by a cable news screaming head. I think it is relatively popular in the USA to speak about how generous we are and how unappreciative the rest of the world is, the world that benefits from our benevolent aide....right! I wondered the same as you Bert. I thought it was less a direct threat and more of an individual trying to create some news, by inciting advertisers etc. I have read articles about outraged advertisers as well as consumers retaliating towards news, local and national, if they did not report the news in a 'palatable' fashion. Allegedly CNN and others had sent out memos asking reporters not to report Afghan casualties etc. It is an interesting side effect of capitalism/democracy that the reporting of news is affected by the consumer and the advertiser, that journalism is more about what the public is willing to hear and what the advertiser is willing to pay for (Politically Correct was cancelled after comments made by Bill Mahr offended some, calls went out by outraged consumers and advertisers as well as politicians and the screaming heads of cable) rather than what is actually happening in the world. I see less of the politicians and more of the C and A affecting what we see here. In other systems the state controls the news directly...seems to me to be two sides of the same coin. BTW, I realize that during times like these the US government does intervene directly in limiting information as well. I have begun to ramble. I am very interested in what the rest of you think as well. Roger Stroope Peace is a Human Right Austin College _______________________________________________ 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