IN BED WITH THE MILITARY
Embedded with the military must be a euphemism for in bed with the military, which is how a truly shameful episode in American TV journalism is shaping up. For journalistic jingoism, it's hard to find a better example than the coverage of the high-tech media extravaganza known as "Operation Iraqi Freedom." What makes the supposed American champions of objectivity so much more obnoxious is that they parade flagrant bias as gritty and
This invasion is causing a tectonic shakeup around the Arab world, but we Americans and our reporters don't want to know. We continue to cling unhealthily to the Walt Disney worldview whereby the grateful infantile Iraqis will soon rejoice at the sight of the noble, wise American liberators, and all will live happily ever after.
Those of us who warned of the backlash are told that we are bound by some social contract to keep quiet. "Boobus Americanus," you see, wants to conquer, colonize and stay comatose. Fat chance, and as I predicted weeks back, "However oppressed, people would sooner deal with their homey Hun than submit to a foreign force, even if it comes bearing ready-made instant democracy."
Not that you would know it from the depictions on American networks, but even moderates like the Egyptians and Jordanians are taking their fury against American aggression to the streets. In fact, where there is already a healthy hatred for Saddam, it hasn't dampened the hate for
Yet to listen to the reports on our television, Iraqis are the odd ones out – they can barely conceal their merriment, and, if not for fear of Saddam, whose grip on power is tenuous, Iraqis would be doing the Debka (an Arabic traditional dance) in the streets.
"Bush is an occupier and terrorist," said George Elnaber, 36, an Arab Christian from
American troops in the Iraqi desert were victims of the first suicide bomber. Flocking to join him now are thousands of Muslims from
Not only has Bush radicalized the
Isn't the nation that has been aggressed against justified in deploying all methods to repel the invader? Would anyone have flinched if, in 1990, Kuwaitis had gone all out against the invading Iraqis? If my home were broken into, and if I ruthlessly eliminated the burglar, even when he assured me he was there to ultimately improve my lot, would I be without logical warrant? Or as a 33-year-old Shiite told the Los Angeles Times: "Do you allow someone to enter your home and force you out of it?"
It'd be good of the Iraqis if they adhered to the Geneva Convention, but for the Pocahontas Partners to feign shock and indignation at
©By ILANA MERCER
April 2, 2003