November 13, 2003

It Was Only A Matter of Time

As I was flipping through the 11 PM news last night an item boggled my mind.

Reporting from Mills College, in Oakland, the camera panned over 50-75 young women nodding in horror and agreement as the reporter explained the anti-war position of the guest speakers, Journalist Nermin Al-Mufti and Amal Al-Khedairy, who are sponsored by Global Exchange:

Voices Under Occupation: Two Iraqi Women on Bay Area Speaking Tour

As the U.S. occupation of Iraq begins to look increasingly like a quagmire, it is important for Americans to learn about Iraqi society, and how Iraqis view the U.S. presence there. Such knowledge could save both American and Iraqi lives. From Tuesday Nov. 11 to Sunday Nov. 16 two Iraqi women uniquely qualified to provide such an analyses will be in the Bay Area.

Reading further into the provided bios, one notices that both women held priviliaged positions under the Ba'athist Party. Yeah they're qualified, by the thugs and mass murders who ruled Iraq for thirty years.

Wonder where Al-Mufti and Al-Khedairy were when this was taking place...or this.

The reporter closed with the statement that the two Iraqi women stressed that those attacking Americans in Iraq weren't insurgents or terrorists, they are freedom fighters.

freedom fighters.

Makes one want to puke. Need I add this was the ABC affiliate? I thought not.

Dean Esmay asks "What the heck is wrong with people?"

UPDATE: Not content to express his opinion in the comments, Kenneth T. Tellis sends this email:

Sorry, you Americans are going to be told off. Sure you do not like being criticised, thats the American way. I have had just about enough of your inane propaganda. It looks like Nazism never died but was transfered to the US after World War II. The propaganda and lies put out by US TV channels makes Radio Moscow look like childs play, after all you have Hollywood helping you, and they did not.

Stupid is forever.

Posted by feste at November 13, 2003 03:55 PM | TrackBack

The way some people say it, one would think that only the US tells the truth. If it taken 28 long years to get out the story of the massacre of Vietnamese civilians in the central highlands of Vietname from 1969, by members of the Tiger Forcet from the 101st Airborne Division, what else US governments have been hiding we will never know. The way George W. Bush's Gauleiter in Iraq makes claims, how could one ever believe that he could or would tell the truth.

It is quite evident why the US lost the Vietname war in 1975, because the Vietnamese people learned the truth intent of American foreign policy. For Sgt. Forrest Miller and Lieut. James Hawkins to boast of their atrocities as part of the Tiger Force makes one sick. But to claim that killing civilians was permitted by an unwritten law goes to root of the matter. I wonder why the Nuremberg and Tokyo War Crimes Courts were ever held. Because if American soldiers can committ War Crim with inpunity then what is left of civilization? The US government of today is not any different that of Nazi Germany.

Posted by: Kenneth T. Tellis at November 15, 2003 05:07 PM


What made you become such an ill-informed and vile person?

Posted by: Mark Noonan at November 15, 2003 06:01 PM

Kenneth, your example is completely off-topic, this post is about the deliberate parroting of an phrase the reporter knows to be false in order to reinforce an ideological media position and impress his editor.

Do try to keep up.

Posted by: feste at November 15, 2003 07:25 PM
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