Wednesday, August 23, 2006

CNN's "In the Footsteps of bin Laden"

"You can never understand them, if understanding means sympathising. But in battle you have to know your enemy."
-Christiane Amanpour
The two-hour film, reported by Christiane Amanpour, CNN's chief international correspondent, constructs an account of Osama bin Laden's life based on dozens of worldwide interviews, 21 of which were with people who had direct contact with him, including childhood friends, university classmates, fellow jihadists and a former English teacher. -Source... be aired tonight, and repeats over the weekend, Saturday and Sunday.

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Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Interesting, sounds like it may even be worth watching even from CNN.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006 10:03:00 AM  
Blogger Mike's America said...

Something tells me my time would be better spent elsewhere... But then, I'll wait to get reviews from someone who actually did watch it. I don't even channel flip past CNN.

If you want a program alert for something I know is worth watching, the National Geographic Channel is doing an update to their most excellent special: Inside 9/11. It airs Sunday.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006 10:59:00 PM  
Blogger Old Soldier said...

Three reasons not to watch...

1. CNN
2. Bin Laden
3. Christianne Amanpour

I think I'm scheduled to bath my dog at that time anyway. I must keep my priorities in order... Besides the only thing I want to hear about bin Laden is that he was served a final meal of .50 caliber lead from a US sniper's rifle fired from from about 3/4 mile away.

Thursday, August 24, 2006 4:59:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

I don't mind watching news sources like CNN, because I already know it leans left of center.

The program was decent; the program after it on whether or not we are safer since 9/11 and the war on terror however, made me squirm. Not because I didn't agree with the assessments; but because it seemed to be more Bush-blame, rather than presenting it as, "things can be done better".

Thursday, August 24, 2006 8:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anna said...

She'll paint him as a poor, misunderstood man no doubt!

Thursday, August 24, 2006 10:59:00 AM  
Blogger skye said...

Ditto, Old Soldier!

Christian Amanpour is bin laden's lapdog or private lap dancer...

Did CNN run a live poll after airing these programs, Sparky?

Thursday, August 24, 2006 6:15:00 PM  
Blogger Mike's America said...

"things can be done better".

And just which prominent Democrat has that as his platform?

I'm worried about you Wordsmith!


Thursday, August 24, 2006 11:18:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...


Remember: I'm a moderate extremist!

The thing is, there are things that can always be done better; of course, some of the most constructive criticism comes from Bush supporters. Whereas, the party that is out of power, rather than trying to be constructive and help the current administration for the sake of the country, they seek to tear down this Administration at every turn. Every mistake and every misstep is blown out of proportion and cause for firing people and cause for impeachment proceedings.

The difference with my criticism, is that I am 100% a supporter of President Bush. Not 99%. Not 98%...100%! Even as he frustrates me in certain ways and in certain decisions, I am thankful that he is my president and not Gore...not Kerry...not McCain.

I certainly don't agree that we are in more danger now than we were before. Have we created more terrorists? Yes. But, then, more terrorists have been created in the absence of us doing anything at all.

If we are creating more enemy, so is Islam with every terror attack around the world. Even appeasers have their limits and are waking up to the real threat, which is not America. As Prager said the other day, "Opposing U.S. foreign policy does not protect you from Islamic terror". Islamic terrorists should be the ones made to fear us; not the other way around.

Thursday, August 24, 2006 11:53:00 PM  
Blogger Michael Westmoreland-White said...

Mr. Wordsmith,
Forgive me for hi-jacking this discussion off topic (something, I hate), but I have no other way to contact you. I have written about alternatives to war here:

I invite you and others who believe in war-as-a-solution to comment there. Not the tired "you're a traitor and objectively pro-terrorist" bull, but comments that deal seriously with the topic. Intelligent feedback, please.

Thanks for listening.

Saturday, August 26, 2006 7:57:00 AM  

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