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CNN wins, FOX loses, Deepak Chopra and other Mumbai thoughts

November 28th, 2008 - 8:58 am

I have been obsessed with events in Mumbai and one of my most obvious observations is that Fox has been completely outclassed by CNN in its coverage.  Fox is simply not a global news network of any serious reach and not worth watching in a situation like this.

CNN’s coverage has been pretty good by and large.  I even excuse them bringing on Deepak Chopra and his narcissistic platitudes. For Chopra, no surprise, it’s always about us… Washington, Washington, Washington… and not at all about Islam and jihad. Naturally enough. If it’s not about us, how is he going to get any money or attention? Not surprisingly someone over on the HuffPo thinks the human potential movement has something to offer in such a situation and criticizes CNN for cutting Chopra off.   Oh, please.

Amir Taheri has a different and far more informative view:

While it is not yet clear which group was behind the attacks, it looks as if the perpetrators were trying to imitate the tactic of ghazwa, used by the Prophet against Meccan caravans in his decade-long campaign to seize control of the city.

The tactic consists of surprise no-holds-barred attacks simultaneously launched against a caravan or settlement with the aim of demoralising the enemy and hastening his capitulation.

Of course it’s inconvenient for the smart set at the HuffPo to understand that Islamism isn’t all about George Bush, Iraq, etc., but stems from adhering to Eighth Century ideas conceived before there was even a Black Friday sale at Bergdorf’s. But so it goes.

Another observation:  I have traveled to many developing countries, yet somehow I was still astonished to hear they don’t have potable tap water in Mumbai and those holed up in the hotels were running out of bottled water.  Well, not astonished, but disheartened.  You would think that, with all their burgeoining high tech, the Indians would get it together to have a decent water system in their most powerful city.  Again, so it goes.

UPDATE:  Two links worth reading on Mumbai are here and here.

ANOTHER UPDATE – DEEPAK CHOPRA:  Apparently I was wrong about Chopra.  On Larry King tonight he has asked the unthinkable:  Why is all this international terrorism of Islamic origin?  Larry the Dimwitted attempted to go around the question, but Chopra kept pursuing it.  Good for him.

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