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  • Why does the media only mention "Al-Qaeda"?

    What about other terrorist groups? Have we not heard other names at all? Idk if it's me or not but our politicians always mention Al-Qaeda this, Al-Qaeda that. What about other groups????????????????? Wtf?

  • #2
    It's probably because Al-Qaeda is the most profilic as it is one of the most active groups.

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    • #3
      I'm sure there are other active groups too. I mean, is it so hard to mention a 2nd most prolific one as well then?

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      • #4
        Because the people who watch the news are usually not smart enough to remember more than one or two names and even less would be able to keep them straight if they did.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by frisco17 View Post
          Because the people who watch the news are usually not smart enough to remember more than one or two names and even less would be able to keep them straight if they did.
          Nope..that ain't it...

          It is because Hamas and Hezbola are the darlings of the leftist/liberal/Democrat (L/L/D) run media. The L/L/D don't consider them terrorists because they only kill mostly Jews...which is fine with the L/L/D.
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          • #6
            There's also that.
            "Artillery lends dignity to what might otherwise be a vulgar brawl." - Frederick the Great

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Tater View Post
              Nope..that ain't it...

              It is because Hamas and Hezbola are the darlings of the leftist/liberal/Democrat (L/L/D) run media. The L/L/D don't consider them terrorists because they only kill mostly Jews...which is fine with the L/L/D.

              Wtf?

              Anyways, why acknowledge more terror groups and have them appear in news articles? Terror organizations would love nothing more than media exposure to get their messages of hate across. I'm sure our security organizations know plenty about other organizations than AQ.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Babbadoo11M View Post
                Wtf?

                Anyways, why acknowledge more terror groups and have them appear in news articles? Terror organizations would love nothing more than media exposure to get their messages of hate across. I'm sure our security organizations know plenty about other organizations than AQ.
                The L/L/D controlled media spend more time on the "threat" from the "Tea Party" (i.e., American citizens availing themselves of non-violent free speech) than they do on the dangers from any terrorist group.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Babbadoo11M View Post
                  Wtf?

                  Anyways, why acknowledge more terror groups and have them appear in news articles? Terror organizations would love nothing more than media exposure to get their messages of hate across. I'm sure our security organizations know plenty about other organizations than AQ.
                  Those who work 'intelligence' know there are several groups. A lot of the media refer to Al Queda because they, like the post cited, do not have the ability to retain complex and varied interrelated organizations. There are at a minimum six active different 'terrorist' organizations in the Province I am stationed in. Trying to keep up with them all can be time consuming when a couple are of little concern. So, you have a good question about why only A Q is mentioned, basically it's because of laziness on journalist part & lack of comprehension on many people who just glance at the headlines & figure they are well informed.
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                  • #10
                    Not sure how it works in the states, but here we get a solid and constant distinction between Hezbollah, Hamas, Fatah (back in the day) and Al-Qaeda.

                    I'm sure there are a thousand other Al-Qaeda-similar terrorist groups, but I sure agree on using Al-Qaeda as a general umbrella term for those guys. I feel no desire, capacity or need to know every single one of those organizations that I reckon run in the hundreds.

                    Likewise, people should know the USA have security agencies, but I don't think people (except US citizens obviously) should have to perfectly understand the distinction and functions of the FBI, ATF, USMS, etc. just like a US citizen should know Portugal has a police force, but doesn't need to know the diference between the PSP, GNR and PJ.
                    Last edited by Castro; 16 Apr 10, 05:12.

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                    • #11
                      Because Al Queda is considered the bogey group that IS a threat to America itself. It carried out 9/11 so its the main man.
                      Groups like Egyptian Islamic Jihad or Hizbollah are seen as groups focusing on Israel rather than the Us homeland. So are not as relevent to news media. Al queda is the equivalent phrase to what our grandparents percieved from Nazi.

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                      • #12
                        1. Because only al Qaeda has succeeded in making a major attack on US soil.
                        2. Because al Qaeda spends a lot of effort promoting themselves in the media with tapes and videos.
                        3. Because it's a short name and easy to insert in a sound bite as opposed to say, "Harakat-ul-Jihad-I-Islami Bangladesh".
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                        • #13
                          It's sort of like calling all adhesive bandages,regardless of manufacturer, "Band Aids".If you get a small cut,you don't ask for an adhesive bandage,you ask for a Band Aid.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Vita View Post
                            What about other terrorist groups? Have we not heard other names at all? Idk if it's me or not but our politicians always mention Al-Qaeda this, Al-Qaeda that. What about other groups????????????????? Wtf?
                            I did a Google search on terrorism in the latest headlines and, it appears that is not the case.


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                            • #15
                              In many cases, the term "terrorist" is not much more than a political tool. And there are exceptions made, based on USG politics, such as that which applies to MEK (MKO).

                              But this question should actually be directed more concisely. For example, many times the term "Al-Qaida" is just a blanket reference for Arab Wahabi type fighters, with no direct links to OBL.

                              "Taliban" is even more misused, these days. There are many Taliban type fighters taking the field today in Afghanistan, that are not true Taliban. Case in point, the recent PBS documentary "Behind Taliban Lines" actually portrayed HiG fighters, not true Taliban.

                              What's the reason for this? Sloppy journalism in some of the cases. In others, manipulative politics out of Washington. Plain and simple, folks.
                              Last edited by علامت پیروز; 16 Apr 10, 10:52.

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