The Rhetoric of War

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Over the past several days, a usually inarticulate George Bush has struggled to find his voice as he deals with America's incomprehensible tragedy. While the US has united behind him, the same cannot be said about their approval of his use of language, which has been termed provocative and jingoistic by some, reassuring and statesmanlike by others. In this time of crisis, as the President attempts to unite the US and the international community against terrorism, we examine the rhetoric of leadership with students of language, politics and religion.
  • Newsmaker: Pakistan's General Musharraf Speaks to His Country - In Pakistan, there is concern among Islamic groups that cooperating with the US against Osama bin Laden could throw that country into civil war. Akbar Ahmed, former Pakistani ambassador to England, speaks about the difficult task ahead and the need for the world to "disconnect" the terrorists' religion from their deeds.
  • Reporter's Notebook: Global Impact of the World Trade Center Attack - The United Nations reports that citizens of 62 foreign countries were among those killed when the World Trade Center collapsed last week. Twenty-four came from Japan. Teddy Jimbo, head of Japan's Video News Network, reports on his government's offer of financial and logistical aid, and the economic impact the tragedy has had on Japan.

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Islamic Republic of Pakistani

Second Front: Censorship and Propaganda in the Gulf War

South Asian Journalists Association



Warren Olney