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A layman’s view on terrorism and the media 

I was surfing YouTube a second ago, putting in a reply to yet another westerner who is wondering why the service allows a -sponsored channel on it. He or she was referring to .
   Al-Jazeera is sponsored, the last time I looked, by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Emir of , who, when visiting the , pledged his and his country’s support to and the . It is sponsored by an ally of the very countries from which its critics reside. Since the critics tend to be pro-War on Terror, I find it unpatriotic of them to attack their own allies. Heck, even the US Marines have training sessions at Qatari bases.
   While I understand that there are Qatari nationals in , need I remind people where Timothy McVeigh and his mates were from? We in the west have these rogue elements, albeit less grouped into a virtual organization such as al-Qaeda. And it’s not like the country of Qatar gives these guys a pat on the back for killing Muslims and other people: they are considered thugs and murderers.
   Al-Jazeera has never shown a beheading—that is an which a very good friend of mine has heard reported as fact in his country.
   (It’s like saying Rambo helped the in the fictional Rambo III film, which I’ve also seen online from westerners. Sorry, he helped the Muhjahadeen. I am not an authority on anything Afghan, but I thought those guys became the Northern Alliance, who helped US troops fight the Taliban.)
   The other argument is that al-Jazeera is in league with terrorists. Their evidence is that terrorist organizations send their video footage there.
   If this argument holds true, then NBC is in league with school shooters like Cho Seung-hui, who had his DVDs sent there, and that the entire British were in league with the , who were busily blowing up British people.
   These bastard terrorists and murderers have been sending their messages to the nearest media outlet(s) for most of my lifetime, so why do these critics believe al-Jazeera should operate under a different set of rules?
   If anything, terrorists’ messages have often sent them to the people who are against them, such as the IRA’s ones. When al-Jazeera broadcasts, say, an extremist group blowing up a US convoy, the effect would probably solidify American support more readily than the watered-down versions shown on anything from ABC to Fox in the United States. Such footage is no worse than officially sanctioned Pentagon-released videos of successful air raids on terrorist targets which, equally, makes our enemies more determined.
   I do feel that al-Jazeera is more than, say, the Channel, but it is probably no more anti-war than Dan Rather or the late Peter Jennings were. These days, I must admit I prefer the less flashy Voice of America TV broadcasts for “fair and balanced” when it comes to American news. Just give me the facts.
   Hang on, I figured it out. They have -sounding names. That’s why they need a different set of rules.
   And as to why US companies do not carry the channel, it’s not about patriotism. It’s about money.
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Edgar Allen Poe was wrote that "man is full of contradictions," and in this case, it does resonate more than ever.

Our contradictions that make up our fabric is to believe what we're told, (if we don't understand), or accept what others are saying, for it would automatically rub off on us as the paradigm of a factual incident.

What you so simplistically, but beautifully put into a paragraph of a studied thought, would have others dismiss it as incorrect, (for it may go against their understanding), or even biased, (admittedly, the very same thing you're trying to bring to light!)

Isn't it much easier that people would take the time and look into matters a little further, and maybe, just maybe formulate their own opinions about those impending concerns that govern each of our universally mutual concerns. But then again, it may go against one's inhibited doldrums of not being self-critical, or as Mr. Poe instated, but few would admit to.

Thank you for an insightful read- truly!  
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