Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Blow up the messenger

From guest writer Juniper Flesco:

According to the UK newspaper The Daily Mirror, George Bush wanted to bomb the Qatar headquarters of Mideast TV station Al Jazeera in April 2004. The source? A top-secret memo leaked by a high-level British official.

Some might doubt the Mirror, a paper that regularly publishes stories about such subjects as moms buying their daughters boob jobs. But with the British government now threatening legal action against any media that reports on the memo, the allegations are probably true.

It seems Tony Blair had to convince Bush not to blow the TV station up, though he was too late in preventing this from happening. Perhaps Blair pointed out that Qatar, a Western ally, is quite a distance from Iraq. Or maybe Blair made Bush watch this, which depicts a TV station closer to the style of Fox News than the public-access aesthetic of Osama Bin Laden's video monologues.

Unfortunately, Blair's restraining influence didn't stop the U.S. from destroying or irreversibly damaging around 60 percent of Fallujah's buildings during the massacre in fall 2004. Or from using white phosphorus as a munition (and then officially denying it).

With so much bad news coming out about the Iraq war, you'd think White House press secretary Scott McClellan would want to clear things up. But he's been in hiding since November 9, after an embarrassing exchange over the president's position on torture. McClellan did write an email to Associated Press that said, "We are not interested in dignifying something so outlandish and inconceivable with a response" – hardly a denial. Maybe the White House should turn its attentions toward blowing up the U.S. media (etc., etc., etc., etc., etc.) instead.

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