Saturday, May 01, 2004

Al-Jazeera and free speech

What is with this worldwide Zionist imperialist conspiracy against Al-Jazeera station? I fail to comprehend it. Is it because it dares to speak the 'truth'? You should know that the 'truth' hurts.

Is it because it dares to 'twist' the facts just a little bit in order to please and satisfy the raging Arab masses? You should know by now that Arabs are fond of rhetoric and of being cast in the role of victims.
Is it because of its highly successful coverage of the US war against Iraq? You should know that Al-Sahaf was right and that there was not one tank in Baghdad on April 9.

Is it because of its exclusive privileges to air videotapes and messages from every criminal and sick organisation in the Arab and Muslim world? You should be proud of Al-Jazeera's cosy relationship with terrorists.

Is it because it keeps complaining about the US occupation of Iraq while not mentioning a single word about US bases in Qatar (the very country it is broadcasting from) and other Arab countries? You should know that Arab regimes are always right.

Is it because of its self-describing motto which says 'Opinion, and the other opinion' which is never ever the case? Is it because it claims to be objective and unbiased when it clearly refers to thugs and criminals in Iraq as 'resistance fighters'?

Is it because it tends to describe Iraqis killed by US forces as Shahids, whereas those hundreds of Iraqis killed by suicide bombers and insurgents are just 'killed'? You should know that the life of a Muslim is cheap when it is taken by another Muslim as long as it is in the name of Allah.

Is it because it calls suicide bombings in Iraq and Israel as Shahada operations, whereas those in other Arab countries are acts of 'terrorism'? You should know that Al-Jazeera has employed renowned clerics who can issue instant fatwas to distinguish Jihad from terrorism.

Is it because it reports rumours and eye witness accounts as facts without bothering to offer proof or explanation afterwards? You should know that isn't necessary as long as it achieves the desired effect.

Is it because of the tendency of its anchors to quickly shut up every guest or participator in its programs who mentions or criticises an Arab leader, and to say "Please please, let's not mention names"? You should know that Arab leaders are flawless and beyond any reproach.

Please Mr. Imperialist Zionist, you should encourage our blossoming attempts of free speech not suppress them.