On the Vodkapundit blog, Stephen Green posts on the current media war: The Arm of Decision:
Previously, I wrote that in order to win the Terror War, we must "prove the enemy ideology to be ineffective," just as we did in the Cold War. In that conflict, we did so in three ways: by fighting where we had to while maintaining our freedoms, but most importantly by out-growing the Communist economies. I argued that similar methods would win the Terror War. We'd have to fight, we'd have to maintain our freedoms, but the primary key to victory in the Current Mess is taking the initiative.
What I didn't see then - but what I do see today - is what "taking the initiative" really means.
It means, fighting a media war. It means, turning the enemy's one great strength into our own. Broadcast words, sounds, and images are the arm of decision in today's world.
And if that assessment is correct, then we're losing this war and badly.
Oddly enough, the United States cannot mount the counteroffensive in this media war by the very intrinsic distrust that has developed between the U.S. government and the press in the 60's, which the press now nurtures for it's own effect.
However, it's not just the United States verses Iraqi terrorists in the current media war. And the thing is about media wars is that it only takes money and time and effort--not armies and men and might--to wage. Media wars are not new things; politicians wage them all the time. And so do non-governmental organizations.
And on the media war front, we now have a counteroffensive by one of the players in the war in Iraq who otherwise was the target of a massive genocide by Saddam Hussain: Kurdistan - The Other Iraq:
The Kurdistan Region in Iraq is a good news story that seldom gets told.
With a population of 5 million in an area larger than Switzerland or twice the size of New Jersey, it is surprising that this region remains largely undiscovered and commercially untapped.
The Government and the peoples of Kurdistan invite you to discover their peaceful region, a place that has practiced democracy for over a decade, a place where the universities, markets, cafes and fair grounds buzz with progress and prosperity and where the people are already sowing the seeds of a brighter future.
They have also been running a series of television ads which are also on the web site, expressing optimism and hope while explicitly thanking the United States for our sacrifice in Iraq to make their dream possible.
The media war is going to get very interesting very fast.