There’s plenty of news about courageous, Democracy-leaning, Muslim activists. They are working hard for more peaceful tomorrows, but you don’t read about them. You read/see/hear about terrorists, victims, and destruction. And it shapes how you think and feel and vote. You are being manipulated. You are being subtly guided into thinking that military action is best way to help Iraq.
“Exposure to news reports portraying Muslims as terrorists is significantly associated with support for military action in Muslim countries, civil restrictions for Muslim Americans and policies harming Muslims domestically and abroad, according to new research by START researchers and their colleagues. The study also found that when news footage portrayed Muslims in a positive light, support for policies harming Muslims declined.”[Valerie Snaman]
Iraq has been torn apart by some 30 years of conflict, a devastating occupation, and corrupt self-serving governments that see the well-being of the people as the last priority. ‘The people’…very much like you and me, want to move forward to a just society that affords security and basic human rights.
Today in Baghad’s Tahrir Square the non-violent demonstrators, as they have been every Friday for over a year, are expressing their frustration and demanding (as if they had the power to demand) an end to corruption and lawlessness.
We don’t often read about Iraq’s Civil Society Movement, the La Onf peace workers, the Fellowship of Reconcilliation, and the myriad other groups that strive to end intolerance and re-form nation of justice and freedom for all.
The media should take responsibility for its distortions and start speaking about the good people who are working non-violently for more peaceful tomorrows under the rule of law. This is where support should be given. This is where money should flow. Not to bullets, bombs, and drones, but to the grass roots movements that are the only hope for Iraq. #121Contact