Mallon's Media Watch

Mallon's Media Watch

Saturday, April 12, 2003

Me Too.

Jonah Goldberg: The anti-war crowd has some explaining to do

I want to rub it in the anti-war crowd's face so badly. I want to hear the protesters explain why it's a bad thing we released more than 100 children from an Iraqi gulag for underage political prisoners. I want them to talk about how they were fighting for the Iraqi people as the Iraqi people hug and kiss the American forces in Baghdad and greet the human shields with signs reading "Go Home You Wankers." I want them to explain why it wasn't worth it.
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Friday, April 11, 2003
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Free at last -- The Washington Times

Diana West beautifully writes:

The most evocative news photo to come out of the liberation of Baghdad may be one of a young Iraqi man, dressed in a denim jacket, holding a home made poster celebrating the "Hero of the Peace" -- George W. Bush -- and kissing the president's faintly smiling photo.

     Something about this picture seems more significant than even the shot of Marines taking their ease in a presidential palace parlor. And something about it is almost more meaningful than the picture of the giant, deposed statue of Saddam Hussein heading, much to the obvious delight of the Baghdad throng, for history's ash heap. Maybe it's the kiss itself, reminiscent of all the fairytale kisses that break evil spells; or maybe it's the expressive face of Iraqi gratitude toward an American president who has awakened a nation from a nightmare of brutality and repression.

     Or maybe it's something else entirely, another face, one not present in the photograph, but easily imagined: the contrasting face of chagrin and disappointment on the anti-war left (best personified by the professorial radical at the forefront of anti-war protests everywhere) twitching at the prospect of having to face up to a popular, American-led coalition victory. After all that has been said about Mr. Bush and the war — not to mention shrieked, spat and gnashed — this won't be easy. In fact, even as the president's unwavering commitment to disarm Saddam Hussein has put liberty within reality's grasp in Iraq, it seems unlikely to put reality within academia's grasp in America. ...

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A solution for unhappy Hollywood Radicals: Go to Finland

Yahoo! News - Arab World Stunned by Baghdad's Fall

"We discovered that all that the (Iraqi) information minister was saying was all lies," said Ali Hassan, a government employee in Cairo, Egypt.


"Now no one believes Al-Jazeera anymore," he said, referring to the Arabic-language television news channel.

So the quick fall of Baghdad and Iraqi jubilation came as a shock. Many people resorted to conspiracy theories to explain the rapid collapse.

"There must have been treason," said Ahmed Salem Batmira, an Omani political analyst.

Yes, and Saddam committed it.

In the Gaza Strip (news - web sites), the Arab Liberation Front -- a pro-Saddam group that had distributed Iraqi money to Palestinian suicide bombers, gunmen and civilians killed in 30 months of fighting with Israel -- lowered its profile Thursday.

In the West Bank city of Nablus, Yousef Mizher, 32, said that at the beginning of the war, he distributed 300 photos of Saddam along with the Palestinian newspapers he delivers daily because "I loved this guy."

"But when I saw the defeat yesterday on TV, I realized how silly I had been. Saddam is just like any Arab leader. He wants to stay in power at the expense of the blood and bones of his people," Mizher said. Saddam, he added, should have gone into exile instead of sacrificing his people in a war with the Americans."


"I don't like the idea of having the Americans here, but we asked for it," said Tannous Basil, a cardiologist in Sidon, Lebanon. "Why don't we see the Americans going to Finland, for example? They come here because our area is filled with dictatorships like Saddam's."
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Arab Media Subdued, Stunned by Iraqi Reaction to Baghdad's Fall

Who'd have thought Saddam's war updates were off target?

One Kuwaiti Television presenter called the Iraqi elation and their thanks to U.S.-led troops who rolled into the capital as a "slap in the face" to Arabs who had sided with Saddam.

Too bad, huh? Maybe the Iraqis should have remained in subjection so Saddam's pals wouldn't be insulted...

Kuwait, which was occupied by Saddam's troops in 1990, had been heavily criticized in the Arab world in recent weeks for being the only Arab country to openly back the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and for granting the United States use of its territory to launch the offensive.

Perhaps the Kuwaitis have a sense of honor not to mention gratitude.

On Abu Dhabi TV on Wednesday night, the anchor told his audience: "This may be the last time we bring you the reports under the headline, 'On the Front Line.' We wish you and the Iraqis a life without wars."

Finally, good sense.

The Lebanese channel, Al Hayat-LBC satellite TV, aired an interview from outside the Palestine Hotel with a British woman who had come to Iraq to act as human shields against the invasion. She expressed shock at the speed of the collapse of Saddam's authority, and said Iraq was free until U.S.-led troops arrived.

Another dope. Maybe the allies should have just thrown the war to Saddam so Western Liberals wouldn't be upset: When Mama Liberal's not happy, ain't nobody happy.

A headline from Thursday's early edition of Egypt's al-Gomhuria newspaper said: "Saddam deceived the Iraqis and the Arabs and Baghdad fell in seconds."

Now, there's a couple of news flashes...

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In southern Maine, news of Baghdad's fall brings joy and sadness

Reactions to the Fall of Baghdad:

From an Iraqi-American:

For Iraqi immigrants living in Maine, Wednesday was "like a dream," said Abbas Alhamdany, a native of Iraq who owns a discount store in Westbrook with his brother.

"It's like I had leukemia in my body and now it's gone," he said. "I wish I could go back today. I wish I had wings and I could fly there. For 13 years, I have not seen my family."

From an American Liberal:

Dr. Leslie Cohen of Boston was in Brunswick with his son, who is considering attending Bowdoin College next year. Informed of the news about Baghdad, Cohen was so upset that he had some trouble speaking about it. He said he thinks that the war is "tragic" and that President Bush should be impeached.

"To me, I am shocked that we have found a president as reviled and even more dangerous than Nixon," he said, "and that's the mildest thing I can say."

What a dope.


Incredible Tales of Denial

Denial is not just a river in the Middle East.

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Denial of Plain Facts

Jonah Goldberg: Arab world is blind to coalition's intent

Genocide? Exterminate? In Iraq, we've employed 10 times - a hundred times? - more firepower than we did during the firebombing of Dresden, and yet we've killed probably fewer than 1 percent of the civilians. If the Pentagon got the green light to massacre Arab civilians, it would probably refuse the order. But if it were on board, we could do a lot better than this.

I think the widespread denial of the plain facts can be explained by battered-culture syndrome. Like battered-wife syndrome, the Arab world seems determined to make excuses for its worst tyrants and biggest problems and blame them on the outside world. This is certainly the strategy of various Arab governments bent on making the plight of the Palestinians an excuse for their stagnating economies and declining living standards.

Many conservatives argue that this entrenched denial and hostility evidence why we should wash our hands of the whole region. But when I look at cheering Iraqis celebrating their first glimmer of hope in generations, I think it's evidence that we have a lot of work to do.


Thursday, April 10, 2003

Liberals are no longer a threat to the nation.

Ann Coulter: Shock and awe campaign routs liberals

I hope you're right, Ann. I'll watch with cautious optimism. So, are we goin' out or what?
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ "I'm 49, but I never lived a single day. Only now will I start living,"

Watching U.S. troops move through the city in armored convoys, people flooded the streets to cheer. Women lifted their babies for the soldiers to kiss. Young men shouted in English, "Bush No. 1, Bush No. 1."

Some men, swept up by the emotion of the moment, rushed into the streets wearing only their underwear to greet the Marines.

"I'm 49, but I never lived a single day. Only now will I start living," Yussuf Abed Kazim, a mosque preacher, said as he whacked tile and concrete off the pedestal of the toppled statue.

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Wednesday, April 09, 2003
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Tuesday, April 08, 2003

Marvin Olasky: Loving Iraqis as ourselves

As we acknowledge that war is hell, we should also note that the policies of Saddam's regimes led to an average of perhaps 200,000 Iraqis dying per year through brutal repression, slaughter by chemical weapons, government-forced poverty and so forth. It's right to ask about war, "What is it good for?" It's wrong to conclude, "Absolutely nothing." Regime change could save lives and allow oil-rich Iraq to prosper.

... For reasons of personal liberty and societal progress, many Iraqis have preferred a month of danger to more decades of Saddam & Sons. But most liberal clergymen in the United States would rather preserve an ungodly status quo than work to deliver people from evil. Some talk about having a prophetic voice, and then try to turn God into the stereotypical conservative intent on maintaining present conditions and avoiding risks.


An American Tradition

Mona Charen: No shades of gray

American soldiers have been disobeying orders. According to The Washington Times, some members of the Army's Civil Affairs Brigade stationed at Umm Qasr are routinely tucking extra cases of bottled water into their Humvees to distribute to thirsty Iraqi civilians. This is against regulations, as rations for soldiers are meant to be kept separate from relief to the civilian population.

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Monday, April 07, 2003
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