Despite the Bush Administration’s refusal to actually release evidence that might link Osama Bin Laden to the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, the mass media has lined up almost without exception in support of wide ranging military action against Afghanistan and perhaps other countries.
In yesterday’s Washington Post, for example, the opinion page featured two allegedly opposing op-ed piecesside by side. The first column called imminent US military action a “just struggle,” warning that progressives mustsupport war despite inevitable mistakes, restrictions on civil liberties and potentially unsavory alliances withmurderous regimes. The second column charged that Pacifists are immoral, on the side of murderers, pro-fascist and”objectively pro-terrorist.” This is what passes for debate on the question of war in the mass media.
Almost lost in this media drumbeat is the growing number of families who have suffered terrible personal loss butoppose the Bush Administration’s plans for military attacks against Afghanistan. Phyllis and Orlando Rodriguez (whois a professor at Fordham University) lost their son Gregory, aged 31, in the attack. He was the head of computersecurity for Cantor Fitzgerald. They wrote the New York Times and President Bush after the September 11attacks with the message increasingly being voiced by victim’s families: “Not in our son’s name.”
- Phyllis And Orlando Rodriguez