A media clampdown no longer so easy: portable phones, e-messages, Twitter and Facebook influence hawkish politicians

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In America there was a media clampdown before the first Iraq war

American Quaker Viola Purvis, co-editor of the Lewis Benson papers, sadly told the writer:

“Many demonstrated the Winter Park city (Florida) but we thought we were alone as there were no other reports of opposition to this military action and gave up. It was only much later that we found that hundreds of thousands of Americans had demonstrated in many cities.

“If only we had known the truth we would have continued . . .”

The International Business Times showed the following picture before summarising the reactions from every quarter of the world and the Washington Post records the words of American politicians:

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My phones are bouncing off the hook, and almost unanimously people are saying do not get involved in a bloody and chaotic civil war in Syria,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is skeptical of military action in Syria, told a local TV station.

“I don’t know a member of Congress whose e-mails and phone calls are in favor of this,” Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), a supporter of military action, told the Post’s Ezra Klein.

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), who supports military action, told The Post the reaction in his district has been “overwhelmingly negative” toward the idea. As of now, there are very few in the House who are committed to supporting military action (24 out of 435 members). And given nearly half of the House is either against military action or skeptical, the White House needs to bring basically all of the purely undecided members on-board.

Three days later in London:

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The Post ends: “Almost all of these members will be treated in the days ahead to a chorus of constituents who oppose military action. And that matters a whole lot”.

The late Viola Purvis would have rejoiced.

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