CNN airs video of jihadi sniper shooting American soldier

posted at 12:07 pm on October 19, 2006 by Allahpundit

E.M. Zanotti ZP on the Bush/Stephanopoulos Tet tete a tete:

The Tet offensive was not any type of military victory for the North, but a propaganda victory bestowed upon them by the press. And that is exactly what al Qaeda wants desperately to achieve. There is no military victory al Qaeda can hope for, only a defeat of American will. Their sole aim in driving up the body count is to wear us down to the point that we’ll just give up. It’s the only way they can win.

The President has been saying this for a while now. And al Qaeda has been saying this for a while now too – heck and they’ve even thanked journalists for helping to enhance the jihad. Yet the press never seems to recall this.

Don’t they? Front page of CNN, right now:


There’s nothing wrong with showing enemy propaganda. We’ve done it here before and we’ll do it again, for the simple reason that it tells you something about the guy in the other trench: his motives, his methods of persuasion, and how far he’s willing to go.

What does this tell us, though? What did CNN hope to accomplish by showing it?

And why will they show snipers when they won’t show beheading videos? Or the Mohammed cartoons?

E.M. has a hunch, I’m sure. As does Blackfive:

Bottom-line: CNN knowingly plays into the hands of the enemy.

There was a news angle here for CNN if they had wanted it. As it is, you’ll have to read Confederate Yankee for that.

It all reminds me of the “controversy” over Ted Koppel reciting the names of fallen soldiers on Nightline. There’s nothing intrinsically objectionable about that either; on the contrary, it’s noble — if the motive is noble, to honor the dead and not hurt morale. Plain and simple, I don’t trust their motives anymore.

On the upside, though, if we do pull out, stuff like this will help CNN earn the good graces of the new regime. Plus ca change…

Update: It’s 12:06 as I write this. They’re re-airing the sniper segment on CNN right now.

Update: The left will defend this for the same reason they post photos of coffins being unloaded at Dover. Ostensibly, it’s because it “puts a human face” on the war, which the wingnuts can’t stomach and scrupulously avoid. Actually, it’s because it does lower morale among waverers and helps them accomplish their political goal of defeat. Enemy propaganda is a many splendored thing.

Update: Also today on CNN

Update: Whoops — turns out E.M. Zanotti didn’t write that post I quoted. It was ZP of Zero Point, guest-posting for her. My mistake.

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When I confront a Liberal that starts the scorecard mentality (73 troops have been killed this month)I ask them a simple question that always confounds them. “Do you know how many US citizens were murdered in our country last year?” They have no clue – “16,000+” I then ask – since 80% of these murders occur in major “LIBERAL” metropolitan areas – usually governed by DEMS – WHERE IS YOUR FREAKIN OUTRAGE ABOUT THIS?

iam7545 on October 19, 2006 at 9:53 PM

CNN has been blatantly anti-American for years. This vileness however is the final straw. Please everyone, write to the companies that advertise on CNN. Tell them how you feel. Bloggers – help organize some type of unified response. We have to strike back here. We owe it to our troops. It’s the least we can do on their behalf.

sbvft contributor on October 19, 2006 at 10:26 PM

Followed labwrs’s link and take a look at the comments if you get a chance. So many think this is a great thing to demonstrate why we need to get out of Viet Nam II, amongst some of the comments which were all in a similar vein, while others stated that they had wished they showed the soldiers being killed because people see something like “Saving Private Ryan” and think it’s a movie so it’s all okay.. What a bunch of morons. Thanks for posting the link. Everyone should take a look at what our fellow Americans are saying about this snuff film.

Catie96706 on October 20, 2006 at 3:27 AM

lovemeImaLiberal wrote: “We are fighting a battle we shouldn’t be fighting…”

Absolute rubbish. You comment reflects the typical stupidity exhibited from the left.

We were attacked on 9/11/01. 3000 people were killed. Your comments implies we should simply surrender to the Islamofacists rather than fight back.

As a result of the attack, we took down two dictatorships — both of whom were involved in supporting, and financing terrorism against America — liberating 52 million people in the process. And we forced Al Qaeda into battle in a time and place of our choosing.

The basic strategy goes back to even before Sun Tsu, and was succinctly stated by Lt. Col. Austin Bay (USA-Ret), part of Tommie Franks staff and part author of OIF, as:

The essence of strategic art is to force an enemy to fight on your terms, not his, and ideally in a fight he cannot refuse. The U.S.-led attack on Iraq changed al Qaeda’s battlefield. Sunni-extremist al Qaeda has had to fight in a predominantly Shia country….

…Zarqawi’s al Qaeda clan accepted the battle….Something that has been destroyed is the notion that al Qaeda’s extremism dominates Islam. The idea that waging jihad against the West is easy has also been exposed as a lie. These are ideological defeats for al Qaeda…” [Austin Bay, “The Millennium War,” 1/3/2005,

We have chosen the battlefield to be Iraq and Afghanistan instead of letting them choose New York, or Chicago, or somewhere else in the United States.

Osama bin Laden has accepted the battle for Iraq as being critical to the success of his movement. So has his deputy Al Zawahiri. Who are YOU to disagree with their assessment?

As the recently declassified National Intelligence Estimate pointed out, if we win in Iraq, Islamofasism, as an agenda, will have suffered a near death blow. If we lose in Iraq, it is us who will have suffered a blow.

Clearly, perhaps in ignorance, you would have Al Qaeda deliver, rather than receive, that blow.

georgej on October 20, 2006 at 7:01 AM

this is a snuff film.. should b prosecuted.

LZVandy on October 20, 2006 at 9:32 AM

CNN should be prosecuted along with Ted Turner and the pres of CNN

LZVandy on October 20, 2006 at 9:33 AM

Trooper, TrueSoldier and anybody else who serves this great nation, Thank you for fighting those religious totalitarian extremists over THERE so we as civilians don’t have to fight them HERE. Thank you for keeping America safe, so that Mrs.737 and I can raise our daughter in peace and not have to worry about suicidal maniacs blowing up school buses on Main St. USA in the name of their god. Thank you.

Tony737 on October 20, 2006 at 12:01 PM

BigB wrote: “Let me get this straight – had liberals not dissented, Iraq would be pacified?”

Almost certainly a true statement.

And we have Zawahiri’s own word on that, as written in his 2005 letter to Zarqawi that was intercepted by US forces.

He wrote:

However, despite all of this, I say to you: that we are in a battle, and that more than half of this battle is taking place in the battlefield of the media…

…My answer is, firstly: Things may develop faster than we imagine. The aftermath of the collapse of American power in Vietnam-and how they ran and left their agents-is noteworthy.

He also repeated this theme in in Sept 2006 video.

Even CNN in January noted bin Laden’s reliance upon YOU and your fellow travelers to sabotage the war effort and undermine the Bush administration:

There is a strong political component to bin Laden’s latest tape: trying to turn the American people against President Bush, and offering a “truce” if the United States were to lay down its weapons in Iraq and Afghanistan. []

Al Qaeda relies on you, especially now, to provide them with the “aid and comfort” that is part and parcel of your open and total “adherence” to his cause: driving America out of Iraq.

Had you traitors issued statements like this:

“We may be against the war, but now that war has been joined, we, as patriotic Americans, are in favor of complete victory in Iraq and the destruction of Al Qaeda, as well as the evil Ba’athist regime of Saddam Hussein, and we will do nothing to encourage the insurgency to continue to resist. We strongly recommend that all insurgents put down their arms and seek political accomidation with the new Iraq government. We will not help you under any circumstances.”

Had your ilk publicly, and repeatedly, made such statements starting in 2003, you would have deprived bin Laden, the Ba’athists, and the militias of ANY hope that YOU would help them achieve victory by undermining the war here at home.

And the troops would probably have been out of Iraq by January 2004, and thousands of Iraqi lives would have been saved.

Instead, the enemy relied upon YOU people on the left to give them what they CANNOT achieve on the battlefield: Victory. And you obliged them.

Leftists: Thy name is “Traitor.” Embrace what you are for your countrymen know you well.

georgej on October 20, 2006 at 1:08 PM

Why wont CNN report on this story if they are trying to show the “unvarnished truth”? This is a story of an Army PFC Medic who is shot in the chest by a sniper. His body armor chest plate prtoected him and he got up and started scanning the area for who shot him, that’s right not shooting into the crowd. Iraqi’s pointed out where the shot came from, a van down the street. The van was engaged and a fire fight ensued. After the sniper was hit that same Medic who was shot by him went and treated the snipers wounds.

TrueSoldier on October 20, 2006 at 7:52 PM

George, I am not only severely impressed but also thankful that I did not have to banter with the whitless crayola crowd. It seems every tidbit of information and statement has to be explained and disected for these far left crazies. Again thanks so much for beating me to the punch.

dartagnan on October 20, 2006 at 8:32 PM