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2008/01/11

Don't touch that dial, dhimmi: Thai satellite company begins broadcasting Hizbullah's Al-Manar channel

Fascinating. Read the Jan. 10 2008 blog post (click on this link) about how THAICOM, a private satellite company in Thailand, has begun airing the broadcasts of Hizbullah's Al-Manar TV. The satellite covers Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East, and most of Europe. (Over the last few years, US and European satellites stopped airing Al-Manar, so the station could only be seen via two Arab satellites: Nilesat and Arabsat. The former is an Egyptian-owned satellite, which broadcasts to the Middle East, North Africa, and a few countries in southern Europe. The latter is a pan-Arab satellite, with approximately the same reach.)

Apparently THAICOM has done this:
  • "as a purely business decision" (i.e., presumably, "for profit"), and not for political reasons.
  • Considering Al-Manar programming to be "news and entertainment". (Go figure.)
  • Without regard to the facts that:
    (a) Hizbullah's Al-Manar TV is Hizbullah's main communication tool, through which it spreads anti-Israeli, anti-Semitic, and anti-American incitement (spreading Hizbullah and Iranian values of radical Islam) - i.e., it is an Islamic (Muslim) fundamentalist propaganda medum.
    (b) Other satellites have stopped airing Al-Manar because of this. e.g., the US Department of State decided in December 2004 to add Al-Manar to its Terrorist Exclusion List, and subsequently the European satellites Hispasat and Eutelsat have ceased airing the station's broadcasts. (Thus THAICOM have enabled Al-Manar to get around this blockage.)
As the blog post says, "Didn't anyone think it might be a bad idea to pipe jihadist propaganda straight into a region already dealing with its own jihadist problem? And Thailand isn't the only country whose viewers will have access to this programming."
(Ed: I do wish these writers would learn English grammar and not use conjunctions at the start of a sentence.)

Some people might say - but I couldn't possibly agree - that THAICOM may have a further really good business idea up their sleeves - to make even bigger profits, and more efficiently too, by following up the demand they will have created with the broadcasts and diversify into armaments and selling armaments/bombs directly to the Islamic fundamentalist terrorists in these regions.
(Now that Al-Manar can be seen in south-east Asia, it means that Indonesia and Malaysia, two countries with large Muslim populations, are able to receive what civilised nations apparently consider to be messages of hatred.)
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