1. email can be faked.
Yes, so they would have to send official transcripts to news organizations so people wouldn know it wasn’t fake.
In which case, why bother with the e-mail at all? Just send out a press release.
2. The medium lacks credibility.
That doesn’t stop zillions of legitimate and semi-legitimate enterprises from using it for advertising purposes.
Their doing that is part of why it lacks credibility. It’s not used for serious, meaningful messages to the public.
3. Someone in a prestigious position wouldn’t use it.
Bloodthirsty dictator for life is a prestigious position? If he can’t prevent this war he could end up in a much less prestigious position, on trial for war crimes.
Head of state is a prestigious position. He’s not a very prestigious head of state, but his position is shared by only a few hundred people in the whole world.
4. Logistics of assembling every email address in the US.
I understand one can purchase lists of email addresses for money. You wouldn’t need every single one. He has the resources of a country behind him.
Seems to me just using whatever purchasable lists are available would significantly dilute any effectiveness.
5. Revealing head of state’s email.
They wouldn’t have to use email@example.com, they could use something from the Iraqi foreign ministry. Imagine the propaganda value of all the emails they would get back! “Yes, Saddam, you are right! President Bush is inflicting an unjust war on the people of Iraq…”
Can’t argue that. (Of course, I’d love to see the non-supporting replies!)
6. It wouldn’t be believed/waste of time.
I don’t see why it wouldn’t be believed if it was officially verified.
I mean that anything claimed by Hussein is not likely to be believed by very many. He hasn’t exactly established a reputation of dealing in truth and honor.
- And it wouldn’t be a waste of time because of its propaganda value. He wants delay and division, both in the US and in the rest of the world.*
Could happen, perhaps, but I’d be very surprised.