Question about Iraqi TV

  1. Why in the heck haven't forces taken out Iraqi TV? SH wouldn't be able to spout his propoganda. Wasn't this one of the first things they did in '91?

    Someone enlighten me.
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  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   Mkue
    I don't know the answer to that Kristy. I have heard that the strikes on Baghdad have been precision strikes, palaces, military buildings.. etc.. I've also heard that one goal is to not destroy things that will benefit the people after the Regime is gone, such as bridges, communication functions.

    Good question.
  4. by   natsfanrn
    I heard that Iraqi TV is entrenched within a day care center. Also, we don't want to knock out too much infrastructure since we'll just have to rebuild it later...
  5. by   kavi
    I did hear one news report that said we've jammed some of their broadcasts. The only other reason I can think of (in addition to the daycare and infrastructure reasons) is that they are trying to make Saddam come on tv live or with a daily paper to prove he's alive. Because he hasn't done it yet, I think they're hoping it causes unrest among the Iraqi people.

    Showing our troops on tv was horrible, yet one of the moms said it was a relief to see her son alive. Another talking head said that once they show them on tv, they are accountable for them. So the POW's are actually safer now than the might have been. Not that I condone what's happening, but it is a perspective that has validity.
  6. by   wv_nurse 2003
    Originally posted by kavi
    Another talking head said that once they show them on tv, they are accountable for them. So the POW's are actually safer now than the might have been.
    hmmmmm.....not sure I buy that, I don't see SH being accountable for too much, not even his own people.
  7. by   Mkue
    Originally posted by kardut
    I heard that Iraqi TV is entrenched within a day care center. Also, we don't want to knock out too much infrastructure since we'll just have to rebuild it later...
    Now that's an interesting concept, combine the TV station with a Day Care.. hmmm.. I'm not surprised.
  8. by   emily_mom
    I can see all of those points, but I don't think you'd have to knock out everything to stop it. I would think a few key hits would take it out. It's going to cost so much anyway.....

    I can see the point of getting Saddam to come out live, but why do we want him proclamating his hatred all over the TV?

    Who in the heck is taking their kids to day care in Baghdad?
  9. by   kavi
    Originally posted by emily_mom
    Who in the heck is taking their kids to day care in Baghdad?
    Excellent point. Reporters in Baghdad have said that anyone with any money at all has gotten their wife and children out of the city. And it doesn't seem likely, especially in that family oriented society, that the very poor use daycare.

    So are we talking propaganda? Or human shields of some type.

    I was wondering if they might be keeping our POW's there? If we know they might be in the tv station we know they might be killed if we bomb it.
  10. by   sjoe
    The official response to that question when it has been asked in several press conferences is that we plan to use these same stations ourselves after we take control of them, and don't wish to have to rebuild them first.
  11. by   sjoe
    (later) Well, you got your wish. Iraqi TV is now off the air. The building (next to the Information Ministry) is reported (and shown) to be burning. Early reports from coalition forces denied that they had hit it from the air with bombs, so we can only guess:

    1) spontaneous combustion from overheated rhetoric?
    2) a cruise missile?
    3) US/British special forces?
    4) surface-to-surface missile?
    5) critical viewer sick of constant war/political coverage and angry that favorite soap opera was pre-empted?
  12. by   Mkue
    My guess is #2 sjoe.
  13. by   StuPer
    lol... sjoe... I reckon there will have been a few TV sets around the world that have succum to 5)..... and actually that raises a point, I'm amazed at the umber of younger folk who are whinging 'cos they can't watch >........... < (insert mind numbing drivel here) because of all the 'war crap'
    Seriously though my understanding of why they left the TV station running was because they did want to see if they had got SH in the first strike, and that there was intelligence value for the coalition in watching some of the Iraqi nonesense.
    And incidentialy the BBC are reporting that the TV station is now back on the air.
    regards StuPer
  14. by   Mkue
    Iraq's international satellite channel, which broadcasts 24 hours a day, went off the air around the time of the raid but had resumed service four hours later.

    Television is one of the biggest propaganda tools Saddam Hussein has. His regime has complete control of the airwaves, and has offered these images of the war to Iraqis:

    A downed American helicopter

    Dead and captured Americans

    Resistance to coalition troops from Iraqi citizens

    Injured Iraqi civilians

    And Saddam has offered his own calls for mass uprising against the Americans.

    "The enemy has violated your lands and now they are violating your tribes and families," Saddam said in a televised statement Tuesday. "If you cause them any damage, no matter how small, they will flee. Don't wait for our orders. Just fight them. Every one of you is a military leader. Fight them in small groups, hit their frontlines and their rear units so the whole advance will stop. And when it stops, attack them. If they deploy, leave them alone, don't fight them, but if they rest somewhere, attack."

    http://www.abcnews.go.com/sections/w...qtv030326.html

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    Back on 4 hours later with a lesser signal.

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