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LOCAL Commentary :: Peace & War

Local reponse to apologists for Iraq violence

"[Thomas] Friedman laid THIS EGG of an op-ed last week. If there were to be a list of 'excuse makers,' he'd be one of the top candidates for it... These folks [corporate media, conservative pundits, and dubious sources] are just talking to themselves, and demand that the rest of us just shut up and consume their vitriol without so much as a defensive cough." Click through to read more of this commentary by a Virginian Arab-American.

Friedman laid THIS EGG of an op-ed last week. If there were to be a list of "excuse makers," he'd be one of the top candidates for it. One must not forget that it was Friedman who wrote in 2002-03 that several Arab leaders secretly wanted the US to invade Iraq, although they couldn't be named for reasons of domestic political sensitivity. Meanwhile, publicly each and every regional leader was either silent or begging the US to refrain from opening the Pandora's Box which has still not reached its full blowback potential. He's still never named even one of these supposedly supportive leaders, and one doubts whether it was ever true. That, and other things he's written, makes him one of the primary "excuse makers" for the violence inflicted on Iraq.

As for his point about Islamic video games, where was he when a plethora of video games were being sold all over the US portraying ubermensch Rambo types gunning down swarthy fellows in turbans literally by the dozens -- with the children who proved to be good at such games later gamely employed by CentCom do deploy unmanned flying predator assassination devices all over the world? He didn't seem to have any problem with that "hate video." The sort of video game he alludes to was only a matter of time.

Also, note his sources -- the Wall Street Journal, a terrorism "expert," and MEMRI (an Arabic press translation service with rather shady ties to Israeli military intelligence). It would seem that these folks are just talking to themselves, and demand that the rest of us just shut up and consume their vitriol without so much as a defensive cough. For the full blog entry, and the NYT text, see TruthTalkzIraq.

 
 


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