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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Bombing the opposition

Why am I not surprised?

The UK Daily Mirror reports:

"President Bush planned to bomb Arab TV station al-Jazeera in friendly Qatar, a "Top Secret" No 10 memo reveals.

"But he was talked out of it at a White House summit by Tony Blair, who said it would provoke a worldwide backlash.

"A source said: "There's no doubt what Bush wanted, and no doubt Blair didn't want him to do it." Al-Jazeera is accused by the US of fuelling the Iraqi insurgency.

"The attack would have led to a massacre of innocents on the territory of a key ally, enraged the Middle East and almost certainly have sparked bloody retaliation."

I watched Control Room again last night, the story of Al-Jazeera during the 2003 Iraq invasion. It's almost comical watching the US trying to sell its war to the world's media. Only the compliant US journalists followed the script, while many other journalists simply didn't believe the prepared lines of "liberation" and "freedom", especially in the face of mounting civilian casualties.

9 Comments:

Blogger evan jones said...

pertinent background to the accidental bombing of the Hotel Palestine.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005 11:44:00 am  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

considering the close ties between terrorists and al-jazeera, and the fact that many of their crews seemed to be working both sides of the fence, i'm not sure that would've been a bad idea.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005 12:13:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

Shab get a grip. This was in Qatar. It's a US ally for god's sake.

Many reporters get close to the seedy personalities of our time, to report on them. Robert Fisk has met Bin Laden and interviewed him. Does that make him a terrorist?

Wednesday, November 23, 2005 1:37:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

But they're Arabs, so suspect by definition.
Shab's idea of journalism is the daily White House briefings.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005 1:44:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

...and questions answered by the poster boy from www.militarystuds.com.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005 2:18:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

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Wednesday, November 23, 2005 9:12:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Thanks for the link, Ant. Hadn't caught this. Another example of elite arrogance and war-mongering. And short-sightedness. And yet, somehow, it isn't a surprise.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005 9:14:00 pm  
Blogger Ed M. said...

considering the close ties between terrorists and al-jazeera, and the fact that many of their crews seemed to be working both sides of the fence, i'm not sure that would've been a bad idea.

An open advocate for murdering journalists.

Thursday, November 24, 2005 3:59:00 am  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Spot on, Ed. None of the pedants or hecklers will attack Shab on that, though. You can only be accused of advocating violence if you are an evil lefty.

Thursday, November 24, 2005 1:09:00 pm  

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