[quote]Originally posted by powerdoc:
<strong>i did not read this info. The problem of media is that they are found of big declarations , Bush make a speech , and the only one thing that the media let us remember is "Axe of Evil"
Media at least in Europe are very aware of this way of proceding, putting words out of context.
You know you are oblige to make your own opinions with the informations given by the media. That's why we have europeans and americans divergent point of vue concerning foreing politics : we haven't really got the same info...</strong><hr></blockquote>
Well, yes and no. Obviously we aren't using the same info because several times now you have quoted Bush as saying "axe
of evil". He said "axis
of evil". Even so it's clear that his words have had some resonance which is the point of it all. There's always a lot of "static" whenever one is trying to communicate. To cut through the noise it helps to use words that are unambiguous.
I saw Tony Dolan, the speechwriter who wrote the "evil empire" speech for Reagan, on CSPAN a while ago. He said that with every subsequent draft of that speech someone from State or the NSC or wherever would strike that phrase. It was too inflamatory. Reagan kept putting it back in.
Michael Novak remembered this in a <a href="http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=95001831
" target="_blank">WSJ op-ed</a> yesterday. Novak then showed a consequence of such language:
[quote]... Some years afterwards, in fact, U.S. arms negotiators, reminiscing over the bad old days with their now-no-longer Soviet counterparts at a happy dinner, were interrupted by a fist slamming down upon the table. "You know what caused the downfall of the Soviet Union? You know what did it?" demanded a senior general, a little flush with vodka.
Some racked their brains with thoughts of missile defense, perpetual shortages of everything from soap to vodka, the U.S. military buildup. The general banged his fist again. "That damn speech about the evil empire! That's what did it!" The general was standing now, and to the questioning eyes of one American he added: "It was an evil empire. It was."
Hardly anyone today will say the Soviet Union was a good example of the socialist ideal (or any other). So it's hard to remember how shocking Mr. Reagan's terminology was. The words were everything. The whole point was those two words: Good and Evil...<hr></blockquote>
[quote]Originally posted by pfflam:
<strong>... Note that the labelling of Iran as 'Evil' has shown signs of backfiring as far as boosting support for reform and support inside Iran for the moderates.
the Chief cleric called Bush's words "the drunken shouts" (which, unfortunately, insults his words by characaturing them in a somewhat revealing manner: by exagerating their totally innapropriate nature) "that revealed the truth that the enemy is the enemy"
Its unfortunate that Bush's rhetoric justifies this kind of rhetoric in the eyes of Iranians.</strong><hr></blockquote>
Yeah, I'm sure that chief cleric was real fond of us before Bush made that speech.