- MSNBC: Fired up by TV, Iraqis return to fight — From Jordan, exiles vow to take up arms Boy, it sure looks like those Iraqis are cheering on the Americans in “liberating” their country.
- From a recent listserve post:
- The Dalai Lama was asked recently why the world does not go to war to liberate Tibet from China.
“No oil under Tibet” he said. “Ours is a nonviolent struggle, and if a liberating war were offered, we would decline.”
- MSNBC: U.S. ready to impose martial law — Coalition forces hope Iraqi judicial system does not fall apart
- SWT Daily University Star: Austin police use force to end protests, by Mike Jones
- Coalition of the Unwilling – an Austin anti-war collective
- NY Times: Channels of Influence
- By and large, recent pro-war rallies haven’t drawn nearly as many people as antiwar rallies, but they have certainly been vehement. One of the most striking took place after Natalie Maines, lead singer for the Dixie Chicks, criticized President Bush: a crowd gathered in Louisiana to watch a 33,000-pound tractor smash a collection of Dixie Chicks CD’s, tapes and other paraphernalia. To those familiar with 20th-century European history it seemed eerily reminiscent of. . . . But as Sinclair Lewis said, it can’t happen here.
Who has been organizing those pro-war rallies? The answer, it turns out, is that they are being promoted by key players in the radio industry — with close links to the Bush administration.
The CD-smashing rally was organized by KRMD, part of Cumulus Media, a radio chain that has banned the Dixie Chicks from its playlists. Most of the pro-war demonstrations around the country have, however, been organized by stations owned by Clear Channel Communications, a behemoth based in San Antonio that controls more than 1,200 stations and increasingly dominates the airwaves.