What I meant about past wars was that you could achieve your objectives (i.e. winning the war) without worrying about hearts and minds. Did the Americans care about winning the hearts and minds of the German and Japanese people when they fire bombed their cities and dropped nukes on them? No, they deliberately targetted and killed the civilian population in order to end the war quicker. That's my point, in the past you could march into a country, crush their military and you could essentially occupy their territory because people were either too scared, too poor, or just too uneffected by a foreign occupational force. Now, I'm not sure if that era of warfare is truly dead, but it's pretty clear this is not a war from that era. I'm sure if the U.S. decided to invade Botswana, they wouldn't nearly face the same issues with the local populace that they would face in any country that has a very loud voice of anti-U.S. and anti-West like many of the countries are in the Middle East.
there is no further comment except to say if you live by the sword, then you must also die by the sword.
This is not an "eye for an eye" territory we're talking about. By that statement, why didn't the media show images of Jeffrey Dahmer's mutilated and sodomized corpse after he died?
I'm just wondering why is it okay and acceptable to show this guy's dead head/body on television, when it's unacceptable to show others? I don't have a problem with the military's clearly PR-related press conference in order to confirm his death. But I do have issue with 3 and 4 days later when the major media outlets are running follow-up stories about him, cue Giant Dead Head graphic, just as an overt reminder to the viewers that unless they've lived under a rock the past 3-4 days, this dude is dead.
This just seems to be an "us vs. them" issue. And that to me is the wrong message to send. A war on terrorism is essentially a war on fundamentalism. You don't eradicate fundemantalism by blindly killing your enemies, that only feeds fundamentalism. You have to reach the hearts and minds of the non-fundamentalist people and make them see that fundamentalism is just as much a danger to them as it is to us. Having our media portray this "us vs. them" mentality is sending the wrong message and just feeding into it.
The media has always been about sensationalism, that is never going to change.
And your pessimism is mildly disconcerting. We should just live with problems rather than try to fix them.