Monday, November 03, 2003
With the tragic downing of a U.S. helicopter in Iraq over the weekend, resulting in the deaths of 16 U.S. servicemen, we get this from our "friends" in the Middle East:
And in typical AP (and Reuters/AFP/major news network) fashion, the situation is glossed over as simple Arab disagreement with our operation in Iraq:
CAIRO, Egypt - Across the Arab world, strikes like the deadly downing of a U.S. helicopter are applauded by many as resistance to occupation and proof that Iraqis were not completely humiliated by the ease of the U.S.-led victory over Saddam Hussein.
So this aggression against our troops has nothing to do with the total hatred of so many in the Arab world, urged on by their leaders, towards America and the West. AS IF they didn't celebrate the various attacks on our interests abroad over the past ten years, or the attacks here on September 11. Nope, they celebrate because they disagree with our policies, unless our policy is to protect their interests, of course (hello Kuwait and Saudi Arabia). I'd like to re-write that bolded sentence: "The reaction is not suprising given the unaldultered hatred towards everything having to do with America or western civilization in general, fomented by the tyrannical dictatorships and their leashed media."
And from our "allies" in "moderate" Egypt and Saudi Arabia, we have the media rallying to restore peace and advance the Iraqi mission of freedom and democracy:
"Iraq is now building the glory of the (Arab) community," Mustafa Bakri, editor-in-chief of the Egyptian weekly Al-Osboa, wrote Sunday, referring to the resistance.
See what $2B+ will buy you these days in the Middle East?
When you have friends like Egypt and the House of Saud, who needs enemies?
Finally, we get some sound advice from other media sources around the region, encouraging the "insurgents" to pick their targets a little more wisely, lest they run their friends in the UN and the ICRC out, leaving them exposed to the murderous Americans. They'll need those organizations around during the next tyrannical dictator's reign, after all:
Under the headline: "More than a crime: a political mistake!" Talal Salman, publisher of Lebanon's As-Safir newspaper, urged Iraqis to choose their targets carefully after the Red Cross attack.
(My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the soldiers who have died in Iraq, and those who are wounded and recovering. My fury and wishes of a slow burn in hell go to the people-- Arab leaders, especially-- who are using terrorist means to try to run us out and leave a vacuum to be filled with more of the same.)
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