The media gets fooled again ... suddenly everyone is Al Qaeda

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The media gets fooled again ... suddenly everyone is Al Qaeda

Remember last year when the media went through a period of soul searching and navel gazing over their uncritical acceptance of WMD and the complete lack of critical analysis of the information provided to them which led to the invasion fo Iraq?

This recent book just provides an example of the process that happened leading to the war in Iraq (for anyone under a rock who missed it)
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In their eye-opening new exposť, Weapons of Mass Deception: The Uses of Propaganda in Bush's War on Iraq, Rampton and Stauber reveal - headline by headline, news show by news show, press conference by press conference - the deliberate, aggressive, and highly successful public relations campaign that sold the Iraqi war to the American public.

At the time there was much breast beating and vows to do better in the future by the media.

Looks like they quickly forgot their own resolutions....

This facinating entry reveals a subtle change in Military press releases showing that suddenly every enemy combatant is Al Qaeda.

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It's a curious thing that, over the past 10 - 12 days, the news from Iraq refers to the combatants there as "al-Qaida" fighters. When did that happen?

Until a few days ago, the combatants in Iraq were "insurgents" or they were referred to as "Sunni" or "Shia'a" fighters in the Iraq Civil War. Suddenly, without evidence, without proof, without any semblance of fact, the US military command is referring to these combatants as "al-Qaida".

Welcome to the latest in Iraq propaganda.

The end of the article shows an example from the last few days. History seems to be repeating, and the gullabiity of the media is unsurpassed. The article on contionues ...

From The Washington Post today:
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The battle came Friday to the town of Khalis, about 10 miles northwest of Baqubah. U.S. forces saw a group of al-Qaeda in Iraq gunmen attempting to avoid Iraqi police patrols and infiltrate Khalis from the southwest, according to a U.S. military statement. . . . .

With those deaths, at least 68 suspected al-Qaeda operatives have been killed in the offensive, according to the U.S. military's tally.

And here is the headline from CNN's article yesterday:
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U.S. and Iraqi troops killed at least 68 al Qaeda militants in Iraq's Diyala province in the past four days, the U.S. military reported on Friday.

U.S. attack helicopters armed with missiles killed 17 "al Qaeda gunmen" Friday in and around a village southwest of Khalis, a volatile town in the province, the U.S. military said.

Note that, in the sub-headline, CNN totals the number of "militants" killed as 68, which, in the headline, magically becomes "68 al Qaeda militants killed." That is because, in our media, everyone we kill in Iraq, and everyone who fights against our occupation, are all now "al Qaeda."

Each of these articles typically (though not always) initially refers to "Al Qaeda in Iraq" or "Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia," as though they are nothing more than the Iraqi branch office of the group that launched the 9/11 attacks.

The articles then proceed to refer to the group only as "Qaeda," and repeatedly quote U.S. military officials quantifying the amount of "Qaeda fighters" we killed. Hence, what we are doing in Iraq is going after and killing members of the group which flew the planes into our buildings. Who could possibly be against that?
By netchicken: posted on 25-6-2007

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Each of these articles typically (though not always) initially refers to "Al Qaeda in Iraq" or "Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia," as though they are nothing more than the Iraqi branch office of the group that launched the 9/11 attacks.

I looked at that article, as well as other articles of his, not to mention where the opinion column is carried and I see they are not merely looking for critical analysis, the source is so politically biased that it is on the same level as the National Enquirer (For those who are not American, that is a tabloid that has articles about Big Foot being impregnated by an Arkansas hillbilly, Aliens abducting people and Britanny Spears being a wholesome and credible pop icon).

Al Qaeda was created and commanded by members of the very same people who took the war to the Soviets after they invaded Afghanistan. The presence of the Allied forces in Iraq is exactly what inflames al Qaeda's passions. Remember, it was merely the presence of U.S. forces in Saudi Arabia that inflamed bin Laden to act directly against the U.S.

Al Qaeda easily gets Islamist recruits when a non-Islamic force is in any part of "dar al Islam" (Any land that has ever been occupied by Muslims). Al Qaeda especially enjoys being in places were government control is weak and popular support is high (the popular support is amazingly high throughout most of dar al Islam). Al Qaeda also has a habit of absorbing any other group that comes to close to its own organization except those that are politically and militarily strong on their own accord such as Hezbollah, whom al Qaeda has worked with before.

What I am saying is that there is much more reason to believe that al Qaeda is part of the Islamic struggle in Iraq than not to believe it. While no citizen knows first hand if anything he reads about places out of his personal realm is true, this article has done nothing to cause me to believe that Salon has changed it particular shade of spots and that their notion is true and correct.

I immediately suspect those who create the notion of an imperialistic conspiracy on the part of the U.S. leaders when they fail to cover the facts that the entire West believed the same as America in that Hussein had special weapons (chemical and biological weapons are not weapons of mass destruction as nuclear weapons are but all three fall under the description of secial weapons). It is also obvious that these same people refuse to recognize the fact that the European nations who stood steadfastly against us were the same ones that were dealing with the brutal dictator all the long. This simple fact causes these opinion-shapers to loose their status as liberal starry-eyed peace lovers and makes them simple America-bashers. More to the specific, they seem to be Bush-bashers as they never point out the fact that many, many of the Democratic leaders were saying the same very things about Hussein that Bush was.
By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 26-6-2007

Even Time has noticed the increase in Al Qaeda obsessions....

Advocates of a phased withdrawal from Iraq still must overcome the Bush Administration's most vociferous argument against it: that Americans must stay in Iraq to prevent al-Qaeda from establishing a safe haven there. As support from key Republicans has withered, the Pentagon has cranked up the al-Qaeda rhetoric.

On July 17, the Administration released the latest National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), which said "Al-Qaeda will probably seek to leverage the contacts and capabilities of al-Qaeda in Iraq" to plot attacks against the U.S. homeland.

Bush has turned up the volume, mentioning al-Qaeda 27 times in a speech last month. "Leaving Iraq now," Bush said recently, would mean we'd "allow the terrorists to establish a safe haven in Iraq to replace the one they lost in Afghanistan ... People aren't just going to be content with driving America out of Iraq. Al-Qaeda wants to hurt us here."

Anthony Cordesman, a security analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, says the U.S. military estimates that al-Qaeda in Iraq — a group thought to number several thousand — accounts for only about 15% of the attacks in Iraq. (Other Sunni groups account for 70%, with Shi'ite militias responsible for the remaining 15%.) But, Cordesman says, those attacks are the most deadly and "probably do the most damage in pushing Iraq toward civil war."
By netchicken: posted on 20-7-2007

That article points out that al-Qaeda must be denied a strong hold in Iraq, among other things.

In the last couple days I have heard military leaders on the ground in Iraq stating that they are having much success against al-Qaeda and their subsidiary groups lately. Because of the troop build-up and the forces showing determination to route the bad guys, the citizens are giving more information. This is greatly aiding in weeding out the problem. Sunni tribes are fed up with al-Qaeda in Iraq and are working with the Americans to get them out of there. Even the Shi'ites are weary of Iranian intervention and are squealing on al-Quds operatives. This is happening because they have some trust in our forces.

Talking stupid crap like withdrawal does nothing but weaken the success on the ground. It strengthens the indigeneous people's belief that Uncle Sam will start something and not finish it like he has done in the past. If we intend on making sure that Iraq is not a lawless territory where al-Qaeda has no foot hold we need to take the time and make sure the Iraqi people have their country under control before we leave.
I'm not saying we have to devote as many years and as much money to Iraq as we did Germany, but a couple years' more time won't hurt and might give greater succuss than we saw in Europe!:)
By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 22-7-2007

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