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Thanh Hoang PSCI 510 Dr. DiGeorgio-Lutz Interview Assignment 1. Aggressiveness: Among five interviews BBC’s interview with Mullah Mohammad Omar and ABC News interview with Secretary Gates are the most aggressive while two oral history with Eddie Thomas Sr. and Justice Harry A. Blackmun are least ones. The BBC’s Taleban leader Mullah Omar appears to be aggressive on account of interviewee’s answers. They are short, rigid and mysterious. Mullah Omar used cryptic words such as “you (the BBC) and American puppet radios” to talk to BBC. Or he always referred his plans and actions to God willing and God’s help, for example, “If God’s help is with us, this will happen within a short period of time; keep in mind this prediction” or “And, God willing, it [America] will fall to ground” . It can be seen that almost Mullah Omar’s answers are not informative enough and not compatible with the questions. As a question “What was the reason for the fast retreat? Why have your troops fled the cities? Is it because you suffered heavily from the US bombings or have your soldiers betrayed you” . He seemed to get angry as responding “I told you that it is related to the larger task” “Screening the Taleban [for loyalty] is a big task” which is part of a huge tasked he has mentioned above. At the end of the interview, his conclusion is seemingly threatening as he stressed “I tell you, keep this in mind. This is my prediction. You believe it or not – it’s up to you. But we will have to wait and see.”
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