Tuesday, July 18, 2006


I was watching the BBC, Sky News and CNN, and the complete disregard for the destruction of Lebanon made me feel nauseous. The reporter for Sky News interviewed Buthaina Shaaban from Syria in a hostile and aggressive manner. However she presented herself admirably and put forward strong arguments, "The crux of the issue is Israeli occupation of Arab lands", "We are the sons and daughters of the land, we have a right to live free from fear and Israeli military occupation".

Meanwhile the reporters fell overthemselves putting on their velvet gloves when talking to citizens in Haifa, supposedly living under "terror". Not to minimise their suffering, but there is no way on earth I could believe they are experiencing terror or fear on a scale their government has unleashed on innocents. The tame questioning, in particular by Sky News, and the crocodile tears of the settlers (because ultimately that is what they are, regardless of which part of Israel they are in) all demonstrate the callous disregard for Arab lives and property by both the Israeli citizen and the Western media.

Building bombed in Beirut
(Image from http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/5193662.stm )

What little respect I had for Western news outlets has now evaporated.. I am disgusted.

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