Wednesday, December 01, 2004

 

Who shall live, and who shall die...and who shall hear of it?

I'm cribbing this from Altercation:
Christian Engeldrum of Ladder Company 61 in Co-op City in the Bronx, was killed while serving with the New York National Guard on Monday when a roadside bomb exploded near his convoy outside Baghdad. He lived through the attacks of 9/11 that took the lives of many of his friends and comrades, which took place even though his government was repeatedly warned to be on the alert for just such an attack but took no measures whatever for the protection of the nation. (He even helped raise the first flag over Ground Zero after the attack.) He lived through the still-unknown health effects on his respiratory system, after breathing the air at Ground Zero when his government lied to him about its safety. What he didn’t live through, however, was a war, which his government lied to try to tie to the attacks, in order to win the support of people like Christian, who had every right to be furious at America’s assailants, but whose duty and courage was exploited to attack people who had nothing whatever to do with it. Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda couldn’t kill Christian Engledrum, but his own government’s dishonesty and incompetence could. His two sons have lost a father, his wife, a husband, his parents a son, and for what? Yes Saddam Hussein is in prison, but is anyone really better off for the unending chaos and catastrophe this bunch has unleashed in Iraq? Most Iraqis certainly don’t think they are and the rest of the world hates us more than ever. Isn’t it about time we had an anti-war movement in this country to honor the deaths of exploited heroes like Christian Engeldrum and do our damnedest to minimize the number of brave mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters, husbands and wives, must follow in his footsteps?
Although, according to No More Mister Nice Blog, a large part of the military does not appreciate the efforts of the anti-war movement to save their lives...what up wid dat?

An emotional highlight of the Jewish High Holy Days liturgy is the Hebrew poem Unetaneh Tokef, which includes the question, "Who shall live and who shall die?" (It refers to God's decree for the coming year.) When I think of those brave servicemen and women in Iraq, risking their lives in what increasingly appears to be a hopeless cause, I am stirred by their courage and dedication - and increasingly infuriated by the braindead stolid idiot support this president has from his red state fuckhead ignorant morons who think the war is going great because that's what he told them and nobody in the press has the guts to tell them otherwise.

In that spirit, this from a letter to Altercation:
My mother informed me that yesterday, she watched massive demonstrations against George Bush in Ottowa, broadcast on a foreign news television channel. I checked the Internet for news stories on MSNBC, as well as CBS and ABC News. Their stories concerning his visit do not mention massive protests, and indeed MSNBC focused on the praise Bush and the Canadian Prime Minister heaped on each other during the state dinner.

Is the media so cowed that they cannot broadcast criticism of American policies by people in other countries for fear of being branded "liberals." It is a sad day for American journalism if that is the case.
Beyond sad: profoundly disturbing. No wonder most of Bush's supporters have not the slightest clue that he is reviled abroad. He's not the only one living in a bubble.
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Fox did report on the protests... and blew them way out of proportion. They focused on the violence, and used the images to back up their "how DARE they?!" attitude. "Canada would be Nicaragua, only colder, without the United States" is, I believe, a direct quote.

Never mind that there have been larger protests in the United States. Never mind that more people turned up for the September 11 memorial, albeit for an entirely different reason. Never mind that Fox is being presumptuous in the extreme to think that these protesters, to a one, speak for Canada as a whole. And never mind the fact that, the last time I checked, public demonstrations were a legitimate means of voicing dissent.

No, Fox didn't care about these little details because to do so, they would have had to have spent more time crafting their report, rather than take the time to perform some real journalism. It was one of the most slipshod excuses for the profession that I've seen; as bad as Dan Rather's memos. And it just goes to show, you can't trust Fox News.
 
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Let's see if I can do this again without double posting:

Fox did report on the protests... and blew them way out of proportion. They focused on the violence, and used the images to back up their "how DARE they?!" attitude. "Canada would be Nicaragua, only colder, without the United States" is, I believe, a direct quote.

Never mind that there have been larger protests in the United States. Never mind that more people turned up for the September 11 memorial, albeit for an entirely different reason. Never mind that Fox is being presumptuous in the extreme to think that these protesters, to a one, speak for Canada as a whole. And never mind the fact that, the last time I checked, public demonstrations were a legitimate means of voicing dissent.

No, Fox didn't care about these little details because to do so, they would have had to have spent more time crafting their report, rather than take the time to perform some real journalism. It was one of the most slipshod excuses for the profession that I've seen; as bad as Dan Rather's memos. And it just goes to show, you can't trust Fox News.
 
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