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Saturday, 23 January 2010


US Congressional bill on al Manar and al Quds TV aims at stopping the industry of Terror


In an interview with al Arabiya TV, Professor Walid Phares said "the bill proposed in the US Congress (by Rep Gus Bilirakis and co-sponsored by Reps Joseph Crowley and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen), on "anti-American incitement to violence in the Middle East" aim at the production of incitement to violence not at the ideas and concepts debated on the airwaves." Phares, an advisor to the Anti-Terrorism Caucus at the US House of Representatives told al Arabiya that the main difference is between the words "information" and "incitement." He said: "America doesn't worry about criticism but is rightly concerned about the production of material aimed at causing acts of terror and violence."

Phares, the Director of the Future Terrorism Project at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington appears frequently in the Arab media and specializes in the political cultures and the ideologies of the region. "From a US perspective, a propaganda arm of a Terrorist entity is part of the organization and participates in the production of terror. But even more important if a media organization is airing press releases and calls for violence by other entities, it does not fall automatically under the notion of Terror facilitator, even though it could evolve into a radicalizing factor. But it is specifically when the management of a media entity is sponsoring the production of Terror material and incitement to violence, that the organization is defined as Terror facilitator."

Phares said "there is a battle in the Arab media space to define what the United States is doing with obviously the forces of Terror pushing for their definition to win." Asked what should be the US position of Lebanese authorities would shut down al Hurra TV, Radio Sawa and CNN in reprisal for shutting down al Manar, Phares said "Lebanon's Government is under the control of Hezbollah and will follow the latter's instructions. Where were Lebanon's authorities when al Manar TV incited against the populations of Beirut and the mountain in preparation for Hezbollah invasion and the many killings that followed?" Asked if this side (Hezbollah and Hamas) has the right to respond to US measures Phares said: "First Hezbollah doesn't allow the establishment of an opponent TV inside the Shia Lebanese areas in Lebanon, and Hamas doesn't allow the establishment of Palestinian media opposed to its agenda in Gaza. The US by taking  measures against facilitators of terror and violence is in fact defending also those civil societies oppressed by the militant organizations who own these propaganda tools."

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