America's latest leaflet campaign across Afghanistan has pundits
worried that the Pentagon may go too far.
ABCNews.com recently reported that new leaflets were dropped depicting
Osama bin Laden with a shave, a haircut, and fitted into a "beige
The reverse side showed a dead al Qaeda member with the words, "The
murderer and coward has abandoned you," implying that a beaten bin Laden
wouldn't be loyal to Afghanistan.
But the article reported that American media and propaganda is treated
with great skepticism in Afghanistan. Many apparently believe that the
US tampered with the bin Laden video of September 13.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld did not disclose whether the picture
of bin Laden in this latest campaign was authentic. "The whole premise
of bin Laden's activities in the world are premised on lies," he told
journalists at a press conference.