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7.25.2007

The role of mass media in the conduct of wars

During the past several days, I was preoccupied thinking about the wars that are happening all over. Examining some of the favorite tools used by the dogs of war, we realize that artillery was extensively used in Hamas’ attack of the Fatah headquarters, helicopter fired smart missiles killed a huge number of Palestinian militants and unmanned predator planes are heavily depended upon in Afghanistan and Iraq. But some of tools that continue to influence the course of events include the Pens owned by the journalists, politicians, student activists and the ordinary citizen.

It was said many times before that the press contributed greatly to the American defeat in Vietnam. The ongoing events in the Middle East continue to be fought with a heavy involvement of the mass media. Then and now, the pen remains as deadly. Indeed, it is very much mightier than the sword.

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