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I think propaganda is an art form. Since the beginning of nation states, nations have built propaganda in their favor to manipulate its citizens. Most notably, propaganda was especially enforced during wars or totalitarian regimes. There are obvious forms of propaganda like this US World War 2 poster:

However, I also think there are more subtle types of propaganda that we don’t necessarily notice. For example, in this “War Against Terror”. When Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Saddam Hussein were murdered, there were crude pictures to prove their death, used as propaganda to portray the ‘enemies’ as weak and helpless.

Thousands celebrated the recent death of Osama bin Ladin, but the fact that his picture wasn’t released to prove his death (just like the other terrorists) is puzzling. It marks a turning point in modern propaganda, or the lack of.

Look at the propaganda poster. Wouldn’t it just fuel further competition and hatred between the two enemies? It was a wise choice to not release pictures of Osama bin Ladin’s death and to bury him at sea, where no mourning or hate crimes can be committed. The fact that the US troops have decided to honor the religion of the terrorist who had hurt so many shows a step towards diplomatic relations and perhaps a precursor to tolerance between the two.

What Osama bin Ladin did was wrong, no doubt about it. But then again, what the rest of the world did to the Palestinian region was also wrong. The international community has been ‘propaganda-ed’ to see the terrorists from a western point of view, not even considering the reasons behind their actions. Honestly, I think that the more fortunate countries must step up to help the countries in need.


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