Wikileaks Leak Suggests Hollywood Is Better At Preventing Terrorism Than The TSA
from the winning-the-hearts-and-minds dept
While it seems like US politicians keep insisting that Wikileaks’ release of State Department cables has put people in harm’s way — despite a lack of evidence to support that — some are pointing out that at least some of the cables actually show that some of what the US is doing in the Middle East has been quite effective. Prashanth points us to the news that one of the leaks showed that American TV and movies in Saudi Arabia are actually “are doing more to dissuade young Muslims from becoming jihadists than virtually anything else.” As the cable noted: “Saudis are now very interested in the outside world and everybody wants to study in the US if they can. They are fascinated by US culture in a way they never were before.”
Of course, the same politicians blasting Wikileaks as a “terrorist” organization can’t admit that some of the leaks are actually showing that some of what the US is doing is working quite well. As Prasanth notes in his own blog post, if US politicians were smart, they’d use cables like this to play up evidence that they’re doing some things well:
I feel like this is along the lines of winning the people’s “hearts and minds”. The reason why this works is because as opposed to state-sponsored propaganda (which is pretty obvious when shown), this more subtly shows what’s so great about the US.
Finally, I think this report is a great send-up of all the politicians who are equating Wikileaks with terrorism. Quite the contrary: while a lot of what it shows is what we’ve done wrong (and of course these politicians will hypocritically call for press freedom in other countries yet repress it here), it also shows a lot of what we’ve done right. Why not publicize that more?