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July 17, 2006

That CBS Propaganda Authority

Topics: Follies of the Mainstream Media

Dan Riehl calls attention today to a disgusting item I spotted earlier at the CBS News Website and that so turned me off I gave it a pass. Now that another blogger has picked it up, I might as well join Dan in contributing to the nausea of my fellow "Wide Awakes" (a subset of the American public of which Juan Cole and CBS are not members) around the country:

The CBS News Website opted to reprint a troubling bit of propaganda from The Nation and Juan Cole today. I realize it's marked as opinion but I didn't think that was the same thing as fiction. Apparently, it is at CBS.
... This collective punishment of the Palestinian and Lebanese people is not only inhumane and should be condemned but also leads to more radicalization and to more chaos.

... the most likely casualty of the latest case of Israel's massive retaliation will be the fragile social peace and the democratically elected government in Lebanon. Ironically, the much-trumpeted Cedar Revolution, the only example of the success of the Bush doctrine that neoconservatives can still point to.

... It is now clear that the American and Israeli strategy of trying to isolate Hamas and Hezbollah, on the one hand, and Syria and Iran on the other, has backfired.

If I'm not mistaken, Israel pulled back from Lebanon years ago. Not only have Lebanon and Hezbollah failed to meet their responsibilities under the pertinent UN Resolutions, Hezbollah managed to acquire over 11,000 rockets, according to MSM reports. It doesn't sound to me as though the reasonable approach was getting Israel anywhere. And that's not including all of the less significant provocations over the years. Continue reading....

Make that more than 13,000 rockets, and as Dan suggests, there isn't a damned thing reasonable about the anti-U.S. CBS propaganda piece or Juan Cole. The L.A. Times agrees:

... MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT: Responsibility for the escalating carnage in Lebanon and northern Israel lies with one side, and one side only. And that is Hezbollah, the Islamist militant party, along with its Syrian and Iranian backers.

[...]As the magnitude of the fighting becomes more horrifying -- with Hezbollah and the Israeli military trading missiles and bombs, killing scores of civilians in the crossfire -- it is important not only to bear in mind what triggered this crisis but the conflict's larger context. Ever since Israel unilaterally withdrew troops from southern Lebanon in 2000 and from Gaza last year, radical Islamists have stepped up their war on the Israeli state. The Israeli pullout from Lebanon was supposed to be followed by the Lebanese army's occupation of the border region and the disar mament of Hezbollah. Instead, the Islamist group, a minority faction in Beirut's government, operates in southern Lebanon as a separate state-within-a-state.

In the Palestinian territories, meanwhile, the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza was followed by the triumph at the polls of Hamas. Both Hamas and Hezbollah, which have a pact to collaborate in attacking Israel, are backed by the Iranian government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who himself has called for Israel to be "wiped off the map."

The danger now is that democratic political moderation across the Arab world will be another victim of this warfare. Moderate secular voices in Gaza and Lebanon are increasingly sidelined as fighting intensifies. And try selling the Israeli public now on the wisdom of a broad pullout from the West Bank.

On the other hand try selling common sense to CBS or Juan Cole. Little chance in either case.

Posted by Richard at July 17, 2006 8:13 PM

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