Friday, February 10, 2006

Kuwait's Al-Rai TV the new Al-Jazeera?

From Yahoo News:

Kidnapped American journalist Jill Carroll appeared in a video aired Thursday on a private Kuwaiti TV channel, appealing for her supporters to do whatever it takes to win her release and saying "there is a very short time." Carroll was shown in the black-and-white video wearing an Islamic headscarf, sitting on a chair in front of a wall with a large floral design. She spoke to the camera in a firm voice, without weeping as she did on a previous video.

OK, I promised myself not to do any updates until I'm feeling better (I have an ear infection) and have real access to my computer at home (I'm in the school library), but this is too important to wait.

Barring the fact that this whole situation with the poor girl as absolutely horrific, I'm very surprised that Al-Rai TV would stoop to Al-Jazeera's level and actually air such a video. I'm sure that this was probably the most difficult decision the editors of Al-Rai had to make, but I was hoping they would've shown some integrity and just handed all the materials over to the authorities instead of airing the video.

Unfortunately, history proves that airing those videos have not helped previous hostages in similar situations - it only pushes the TV station into becoming a mouthpiece for the terrorists. I am appalled that the Kuwaiti media (especially a privately run TV station) would have anything to do with terrorism, especially considering that Kuwaities experienced terrorism first hand, starting all the way back when HH Sheikh Jabber (Allah yir7ma) was the target of a car bombing to the first Gulf War. We are still living in fear of terrorist threats because we harbor one of the biggest American bases in the Middle East. History proved that terrorists will not be forgiving towards us, so why are we lending them a sympathetic mouthpiece?