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InvisibleMokshaMan
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Protesting something that hasn't happened
    #408976 - 09/30/01 06:03 AM (15 years, 5 months ago)

While I'll admit I generally don't agree with what most people protest against, I don't feel I have any right to comment on it(so long as it's peaceful). I know that it's their right to protest as citizens in a democratic world; however, tonight I was watching CNN while half asleep and promptly woke up upon hearing the comments from some protesters. I admit CNN tends to be baised and not always the best source for news, but these were real people. I understand that they don't want violence or war and I'm fine with that fact; however, they had three different people complaining about the US bombing Afghanistan(in retaliation for Sep 11, so I'm fairly sure they weren't talk about previous incidents), they had several others saying that the US was rushing to judgement. To protest something that hasn't happen and possibly won't happen seems to be the most idiotic thing I've ever seen. And to claim that the government is rushing to judgement when they've taken no clear military action against anyone seems equally foolish. If the US had immediately started droping bombs, I would understand them having these beefs with the US. It looks as if the US is taking its time before it does anything to try to avoid inflaming tensions anymore. Does it seem to anyone else that some of these people just protest to protest? It's as if it no longer has any meaning, they're doing it simply to do it. I'm sorry if I've offended anyone, but I've got the right to my opinion and I was absolutely baffled by these people. If they'd all come on and said, I don't want violence because I believe it's wrong I wouldn't have said a thing. One in fact was stating that Afghanistan needs a new government, but we shouldn't do anything violent to instate it. I mean are some of these people for real. Well... I feel better now, at least about that.



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Re: Protesting something that hasn't happened [Re: MokshaMan]
    #409014 - 09/30/01 08:07 AM (15 years, 5 months ago)

In reply to:

I admit CNN tends to be baised and not always the best source for news, but these were real people.




Why are you voluntarily exposing yourself to an admittedly biased news source? Isn't it obvious that their bias includes only airing the least articulate members of a crowd of people they wish to discredit? Don't you realize that watching that drivel damages your capacity to think critically and notice how they're manipulating you by what they show, and perhaps more important, what they don't show?





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Re: Protesting something that hasn't happened [Re: dimitri]
    #409151 - 09/30/01 01:37 PM (15 years, 5 months ago)

in defense of those who hold an anti-war view....
it is correct that we have not yet dropped any bombs or launched any attacks, but the military has called up thousands of reserves, mobilized troops, planes, and warships to the region, so its only logical to infer there will be a large scale military action.

Protesting something before it happens could possible prevent it from happening, that's the point here. lets try to avoid killing more innocents.

and yes, CNN is not the best source for news.



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Re: Protesting something that hasn't happened [Re: dimitri]
    #409342 - 09/30/01 06:08 PM (15 years, 5 months ago)

If you can truly think critically, listening to other points of view should not destroy this ability. It is very possible that they took the least articulate members of this group, but the fact that people are there holding this view indicates to me, that there must be more. I realize that some people have an actual problem with the government and the things they do, but if they're going to bitch they should be more informed than some of them are. Plus, I enjoy CNN it's ussually one of the most entertaining things on just to laugh at the people. I have an odd sense of humor.



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Re: Protesting something that hasn't happened [Re: Lenore]
    #409351 - 09/30/01 06:20 PM (15 years, 5 months ago)

Like I said before, I support their right to do it. It would be nice, however, if they were informed enough so that they at least make sense.

As for the protesting to prevent the loss of more innocent lives, how will this stop other people from attacking the US and its interest again? If this happens, won't more innocent people die anyhow? Not the I support random bombing of countries like was done to Sudan. Although in retrospect the entertaining thing was the guy who respond to the protests negatively. He was just as big an idiot as the protestors they showed.

In some support of CNN, the BBC, ABC(Australian), Portuguese(RTPi), Spanish(just a couple newspapers on-line), and so on have mostly reported the exact same stories. Admitedly it's all western coverage, but Salon's coverage(ussually considered much more independent) hasn't been vastly different than CNN.



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