This is "The Black List." The portal shows Bin Laden, gives a brief
introduction, and instructs "Click to Begin." Upon clicking on Numbers
1 or 2, the visitor goes to a map with all
of the terrorist hotspots in the world.
This list seems to be based on one furnished by the United States
Department of State. The Number 1 map includes terrorist organizations
in Colombia, and interestingly, in Israel -
not only the anti-Zionist
organizations that are commonly reported upon, but also an extremist
Jewish group, Kach, which is opposed to the government of Israel.
Also, note that clicking on Number 3 provides a brief biography
and summary of terrorist activities of Bin Laden himself.
Questions to Consider
- Spain is a country located geographically close to Islamic countries;
its own history reflects long struggles between Islam and Catholicism.
Its own culture is an amalgam of Christian, Islamic, and Jewish
elements. How do you think this fact might influence media coverage
and public opinion about acts of terrorism apparently committed
by Islamic extremists as well as the perspectives on a possible
planned response by the United States?
- Note that the U.S. has strategic air bases in Spain and when
these were used for the Gulf War, many Spanish citizens protested.
What do you think allies should be obligated to do in support
of a country that has been attacked? Is it necessary to get consensus
from all allies?
- This site includes images of and information about one individual,
Bin Laden. Is concentrating the attention of the world on one
individual a good idea? If Bin Laden were eliminated, do you think
these terrorist acts would disappear or diminish in number? Or
would they simply come from other groups? To what extent can extremist
groups, whose members are willing to participate in suicide missions
for their cause, be "taught a lesson"?
- Much of the information about terrorist groups in the Spanish
site comes directly from the United States Department of State.
If Mexico, for instance, were the target of international terrorists,
would media in the U.S. rely on the Mexican government for information
or would it do its own investigatory work? Do you that smaller
countries with fewer resources are obliged to receive their information
from sources in larger, wealthier countries (or from transnational
enterprises), and if so, is this a problem?
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