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Another Lecture From Christiane Amanpour
Media Research Center ^ | October 18, 2001 | Katie Wright

Posted on 10/31/2001 7:11:27 AM PST by Stand Watch Listen

Demands U.S. "Consider Moving the Targeting of Leadership Positions...Away from Populated Areas"


Thousands of innocents died during years of civil war in Afghanistan, but those deaths didn’t roil the Islamic world. Relatively few civilians have been killed by stray U.S. bombs since Oct. 7 — a death count wildly inflated by the Taliban in its propaganda effort to somehow prove the perverted and preposterous view that America is at war not with terrorism, but with Islam itself.

     In an interview this afternoon with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, shown both in the U.S. and around the world on CNN’s international network, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour pushed the notion that our conduct has stoked legitimate grievances with America, even recommending that the U.S. create safe havens for terrorists by declaring "population areas" off limits to bombing.

     Amanpour told Rumsfeld that "despite a lot of rhetoric in this region, we have, from our own reporting, detected a discernable support in some quarters, even in Afghanistan, for the goal of the bombing campaign — amongst Afghan exiles, amongst people in Afghanistan, those opposed to the Taliban. But recent reports and pictures of civilian casualties are beginning to shift that support." Offering her own alternative military strategy, she continued: "In order to reverse that trend, would you consider moving the targeting of leadership positions that you have been targeting from populated areas where, inevitably, there are likely to be civilian casualties, would you consider shifting that targeting to, for instance, ground forces on the front lines away from populated areas?"

     After Rumsfeld replied the bombing has been "very measured, very careful," and was focused "totally" on military targets, Amanpour tried again: "Mr. Secretary, as I said, we did discern support for the goal of these air strikes among some in Afghanistan and elsewhere, but I’m asking you, are you concerned that the civilian casualties — which you, yourself, have even spoken about in terms of some missed targeting, some missed hits — we’ve seen, you know warehouses, we’ve seen certain civilian dwellings, that you, yourself, have acknowledged. Are you concerned about a shift, which we’re hearing about, in public support?"

     She then tried to argue that anti-Americanism was due to the failure of U.S. public relations, not the misleading statements of our enemies. "You’ve said over and over again, and so have all of the leaders of this coalition, that this is not a war against Islam but one against terrorism. But as you know, there are very loud voices in this region who are saying exactly the opposite, that this is in fact, they claim, a war against Islam," Amanpour told Rumsfeld. "Are you concerned that you have been slow in getting your message out to the Moslem world?"

     Finally, Amanpour counseled that the U.S. was suspect in the eyes of many because it hadn’t shown "empathy for the poverty and the misery" of Palestinians: "In this part of the world, people, Moslems, feel that the United States has not shown similar empathy for the poverty and the misery of the Palestinian cause. In this part of the world, that is a litmus test, and they make — they make — a link between the Palestinian cause, and the perceived lack of empathy and the claim — the claim — that Osama bin Laden makes to represent their cause. Now, I know you do not think, nor do most people think, that link is justified. But do you accept that America has a long-term problem with this kind of perception in the Moslem world unless that issue is dealt with and resolved?"

     Earlier today, Amanpour showed a Taliban official who charged the U.S. with killing hundreds of "children, women, old men and men." Following his rant, she noted "we certainly cannot confirm the numbers that the deputy ambassador is referring to. There have been reports of civilian casualties and we have also had reports from the Pentagon that they are targeting military installations and Taliban ground troops." How even-handed, that delicate balancing of Taliban lies with truthful "reports."


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1 posted on 10/31/2001 7:11:27 AM PST by Stand Watch Listen
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Do we really care what Amanpour or any of the "middle easterners" say, think or do...let's just make a parking lot out of Afghanistan and start drilling for oil and natural gas. Semper Fi, Mike
2 posted on 10/31/2001 7:20:29 AM PST by HEFFERNAN2
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The war slut speaks again. Who cares?
3 posted on 10/31/2001 7:24:53 AM PST by Bikers4Bush
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Christiane, you ignorant war slut!
4 posted on 10/31/2001 7:25:16 AM PST by BlueLancer
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To: Stand Watch Listen

Amanpour who?


5 posted on 10/31/2001 7:26:09 AM PST by defeat_the_dem_igods
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a younger version of Helen Thomas,the poor thing
6 posted on 10/31/2001 7:29:03 AM PST by linn37
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To: Stand Watch Listen
Ms. Amanpour,

Please shed a little light on something?

Did you and CBS reporter Bob Simon have an unprofessional and adultress affair while you were working for CNN during the Gulf War?

Was your illicit affair public knowledge to other journalists? Did you know at the time that Mr. Simon had a wife? Were your actions following his capture by the Iraqis helpful to the situation at the time?

7 posted on 10/31/2001 7:30:54 AM PST by SkyPilot
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Canvas burqua for Mme. War Slut...

 America's Fifth Column ... watch PBS documentary JIHAD! In America -- here

 For better viewing download 8Mb file here

8 posted on 10/31/2001 7:32:37 AM PST by JCG
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Hey, I thought CNN issued a directive to be more balanced. Maybe Ms. Armanpour was not listening. Or perhaps, she knows that Time Warner will not back up their directive. I still believe all reports from Taliban officials ought to be shown split screen with scenes of WTC towers falling.THAT is balance!
10 posted on 10/31/2001 7:35:04 AM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: Stand Watch Listen
She then tried to argue that anti-Americanism was due to the failure of U.S. public relations, not the misleading statements of our enemies. "You’ve said over and over again, and so have all of the leaders of this coalition, that this is not a war against Islam but one against terrorism. But as you know, there are very loud voices in this region who are saying exactly the opposite, that this is in fact, they claim, a war against Islam," Amanpour told Rumsfeld. "Are you concerned that you have been slow in getting your message out to the Moslem world?"

I wonder if she realizes that as an American journalist and partially responsible for showing the world what America stands for! In other words, she is part of the problem.

I use the phrase American journalist reservedly, but can't really figure out any better words to convey my message.

12 posted on 10/31/2001 7:37:42 AM PST by DrDavid
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To: pastramionrye
Hey Disrupter, your pinhead friends at DU are wondering where you are.
13 posted on 10/31/2001 7:38:54 AM PST by ZeitgeistSurfer
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To: DrDavid
I believe it is insulting to call Amanpour a slut - insulting to all the true sluts of this world, that is. Hey, sluts are good, or at least, they can make you feel good. Not so with Christiane. More like a douche bag, I would say. Christiane, you ignorant douche bag. Or, maybe we should just follow Michael Savage. On his show, he simply refers to her as Mata Hari.
14 posted on 10/31/2001 7:49:44 AM PST by CdMGuy
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Amanpour shilling for Islamic terrorists? Nawwwwwwwww, couldn't be </sarcasm>
15 posted on 10/31/2001 7:51:39 AM PST by Dr.Deth
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I think that CNN should be rewarded - for their 'forward thinking' - in hiring someone with a Negative IQ, and showing the whole world that any idiot can do just about anything.....

...sorry.....I'll go sit in the corner, now....

16 posted on 10/31/2001 8:03:51 AM PST by Alabama_Wild_Man
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To: pastramionrye
Be gone, little one.
17 posted on 10/31/2001 8:06:57 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: HEFFERNAN2
She's Iranian.
19 posted on 10/31/2001 8:14:11 AM PST by marty60
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To: pastramionrye
That must be why the high mucky-mucks at CNN have ordered their reporters to be more balanced in their reporting ... yeah ... that's it.
20 posted on 10/31/2001 8:15:19 AM PST by BlueLancer
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That lousy b***ch ought to be returned to her country of origin.
21 posted on 10/31/2001 8:16:53 AM PST by hgro
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To: pastramionrye; Admin Moderator
Cleanup on aisle 3!
23 posted on 10/31/2001 8:18:28 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Stand Watch Listen
we have, from our own reporting, detected a discernable support in some quarters,

I have detected a discenable support in some quarters for binding and gagging this traitor and strapping her onto some bombs dropping on Afghanistan.
25 posted on 10/31/2001 8:21:26 AM PST by cgbg
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She's a TRAITOR! Let's concentrate on the innocent civilians murdered at the WTC & Pentagon, shall we? For victory & freedom!!!
26 posted on 10/31/2001 8:21:34 AM PST by Saundra Duffy
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To: pastramionrye
Jlogajan's correlation: The bigger the font, the smaller the IQ.
27 posted on 10/31/2001 8:22:39 AM PST by jlogajan
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To: pastramionrye; Jim Robinson
"Nazi"... is that all you Democrats can ever come up with?
I strongly encourage you to get a clue.

pastramionrye member since October 31st, 2001

28 posted on 10/31/2001 8:23:03 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: pastramionrye
Hey thanks and much appreciation for all the bumps to this article regarding your 'war whore'. With your help, more and more people will be exposed to this article...once agains thanks.
29 posted on 10/31/2001 8:23:12 AM PST by Stand Watch Listen
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A cute parody the other day spelt her name Christiane Amawhore.
30 posted on 10/31/2001 8:25:14 AM PST by jlogajan
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pastramionrye No current Freeper by that name.

Buh-bye, pastrami! You gave us heartburn anyway.


31 posted on 10/31/2001 8:26:05 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: marty60
She's Iranian.

She's working for an American company!

32 posted on 10/31/2001 8:28:00 AM PST by DrDavid
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To: Constitution Day

He blowed up REAL good!

33 posted on 10/31/2001 8:29:35 AM PST by dighton
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To: dighton
SCTV - I haven't thought about that in a long time! Thanks.
34 posted on 10/31/2001 8:39:04 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Stand Watch Listen
would you consider moving the targeting of leadership positions that you have been targeting from populated areas where, inevitably, there are likely to be civilian casualties, would you consider shifting that targeting to, for instance, ground forces on the front lines away from populated areas?"

Wow.
I have been wondering (seriously) whether the talking heads make up their own "stupid questions" or if someone (a stoopid question specialist) makes them up.

Well, that reminds me I've been meaning to start a list, please add at your pleasure:

Stupid question #1: Why do the Muslims hate us?
Stupid question #2: Where do you think the anthrax came from?
Stupid question #3: Do you think the Pakistanis will continue to support us?
Stupid question #4: Do you think nukes will (should) be used by the U.S.?
Stupid question #5: When do you think the attack will begin?
Stupid question #6: When do you think the attack will end?
Stupid question #7: Should "Palestinians" be allowed to have their own country?
Stupid question #8: Should we be watching "good" Muslims in our country?
Stupid question #9: Do you think killing civilians is OK?
Stupid question #10: Do you think Muslims terrorists really destroyed the World Trade Center?
Stupid question #11: Do you think stopping the bombing during Ramadan is a good idea?
Stupid question #12: We have to win the mind and hearts of the "good" Muslims; in view of that...
Stupid question #13: ....

35 posted on 10/31/2001 8:58:23 AM PST by Publius6961
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The Taliban, and the world, have always cared so deeply for Afghan citizens ...

If anyone wants to access any of the story titles below, please go here > www.rawa.org < where the links will work.


36 posted on 10/31/2001 10:22:57 AM PST by Gumption
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To: marty60
If she is from Iran, then let me be the first to buy her a one-way ticket back to her roots...
37 posted on 10/31/2001 10:28:20 AM PST by little-e
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bttt
38 posted on 10/31/2001 11:54:42 AM PST by Stand Watch Listen
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bttt
39 posted on 10/31/2001 12:17:55 PM PST by Stand Watch Listen
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To: DrDavid
That's debatable!
40 posted on 11/01/2001 9:20:07 AM PST by marty60
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