The Corner

Snipers

The media reflects Iraq as much as Iraq reflects the media.  When CNN broadcast footage of the murder of a U.S. soldier by an Iraqi sniper, they argued it was news.  But their decision had consequence.  Terrorists crave media attention.  Often, getting Western coverage, to demoralize, to sway and election (as in Spain if not the U.S.), or to force new strategies becomes an end goal of the terrorism.  The San Francisco Chronicle highlights the growing incidents of sniper attacks.  After CNN’s decision, this should not surprise.  After all, the terrorists often abandon tactics once they see they are not rewarded in the media.

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.

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