Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
This is an excerpt from an article appearing in the Miami Herald on Friday….
“Bloodied corpses of U.S. soldiers or Iraqi civilians. A wounded coalition soldier with a serial number written in black on his forehead. Relentless commentary on the mistakes of "occupying" forces in Iraq. The sights and sounds are not from an Arab television network. They are from Russian t.v. Implicit is the message that America is not so great and Russia is not its knees, after all.
In France and Germany, two European states that partnered with Russia in most strongly opposing the war, the media tone has also been pointedly critical. "Superpower in the Sand: America's Stuck Blitskrieg" was the cover headline on the prestigious weekly newsmagazine Der Spiegel, which last week called the war "terror-bombing for freedom."
German newspapers have focused exclusively on Iraqi civilian casualties. On the front page Sunday, the popular Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel featured the headline "Bloodbath in Baghdad Market". In Tuesday's Bild, under the headline "trench Warfare", a story asked "Will it be as terrible as World War One" alongside a file folder of a German soldier in the trenches.
In France last week, Le Monde questioned "Where is Bush's War Going?" in an article focusing on civilian casualties. Recently on the cover of the daily Liberation ran a U.S. soldier's "We're not afraid of anything" across a picture of Iraqis fleeing their homes with whatever they could carry.
Spain's top two newspapers, El Pais and El Mundo, have both taken an outspoken anti-war stand in their editorial pages. Their news coverage has focused on civilian casualties, Iraqi resistance and setbacks to the coalition forces. On Wednesday the front page of the Internet version of El Pais featured a photo of the Baghdad maternity hospital damaged by U.S. bombs.
"In their desire to subdue Iraq, the U.S. goes so far as to fight against children", said Yekaterina Andreyeva, anchor of the news program Vremya, Russia's on state network channel one, commenting on a report of a gun battle involving Iraqi boys and American soldiers. Nor can Russia's non-state stations resist the occasional jibe. "British soldiers only have enough courage to watch from afar through the optical sights of their sniper rifles, as hundreds of Arab men snatch boxes of canned and long-life food from each other's hands", reported Sergei Mikhailov, commenting on an aid distribution last week in Iraq."
Mexican newspapers are splashing photos of Iraqi babies slaughtered by American soldiers across their front pages.
The newspapers in the Arab world, such as Egypt and Jordan, portray the coalition forces as criminals, sadists and murderers. Jordan headlines claimed that Americans are killing the civilians to rob them of whatever valuables they have.
People in these countries protest against us. Gee, I wonder why. These are the things being fed to the general populace by their own news agencies. Do they see anything factual? No. Do they see anything that is not detrimental to the United States or its allies? No. Their articles consist of lies, innuendos and misinformation. It is the only view they get.
Today the Iraqi minister of information claimed the Americans were defeated at the airport, have not entered Baghdad and are absorbing tremendous losses at the hands of the brave Iraqi fighters. It may sound ridiculous that they would make those statements when there is footage and all kinds of proof that those assertions are false but they know what they are doing. They know that their version will be the only one carried in the Arab world. To the footage of Americans in Baghdad they say it is a Hollywood trick, staged movies created in another town and not Baghdad. Dumb? Of course, but the arab in the streets will buy it. Iraq and the highest Muslim leaders claim now that the conflict qualifies as a jihad and they entreat all brothers to aid Iraq against these infidels. Egyptians are gonna be very surprised when they go to Iraq to where the Iraqi fighters are kicking the hell out of the yanks and find a McDonald’s at the outskirts of Baghdad!
The point I’m trying to make is this….the majority of the large foreign protests are protesting due to a carefully orchestrated brainwashing of their own news agencies. This should come as a surprise to no one. Yet we have even Americans who look at these demonstrations and say things like “The world is against us” or “Everybody hates us”. These people are as brainwashed as the protestors. Those people are protesting because they were programmed to protest. Do many hate Americans? No doubt…..but the way the news is presented to them and the fact that they only see one side is what makes the protests frenzied. For those of you claiming the world hates us, please give it a little logical thought before making such claims.
As for myself, I have no problem with any country that did not join the coalition. I have no problem with those against our actions. I have no problem with those that protested against our actions. But for those countries that produced lies and misrepresentations and plastered them in their headlines in order to enflame their populace knowing full well that they were false accusations I have a BIG problem. I will not knowingly buy any products from these countries. I will not be a tourist in these countries nor will I try to do anything that would put a penny of mine into their economy. Yes, I know that this will not cause them economic chaos but it’s my small protest and, hopefully, there may be others who feel as I do and they change those plans to visit the Black Forest or the Awful Tower (or was that Eiffel?) and go to Austrailia instead. If this war has shown nothing else to me, it has certainly shown the true faces of the governments of those countries who have claimed to be America’s friends…..and I hope that the next time their hands stick out for foreign aid, our government takes a long look at their actions during this time..
End of rant…