Every now and then, Al Jazeera (sorry, no idea how to spell it) broadcasts a tape that is supposedly by Bin Laden, where he tells the network’s listeners that America is evil and must be destroyed. This week the comments included requests for suicide attacks against Jews and Americans to increase.
Now, to my American ears, that sounds like the Arabic equivalent of CNN giving free air time to a known terrorist and basically helping the mass murderer reach out to additional millions of listeners so that a certain percentage of them will hopefully end their lives by trying to kill American citizens.
It’s basically a terrorist version of a pronouncement of war.
Now I’m all for freedom of speech, but even that has limitations. The most common example given is that you may not yell “fire” in a crowded theater (well, unless the crowded theater really IS on fire, in which case you may save many lives).
So isn’t an international network declaring war on the US grounds for the US to… well, blow the network up?
Yes, I am serious. I figure if they plan on continuing to insist that terrorist attacks be carried out, wouldn’t it be in America’s best interest to silence the mass broadcast? I’m not saying kill everyone involved… just blow up the radio towers. And keep blowing them up every time a new one is built.
Am I’m missing something obvious? Because no one here seems to mind that these broadcasts are occuring on a frequent basis…