Saturday, February 16, 2013

I Hate The War

Today Global Research (Centre for Global Research) runs happy spin for Nouri al-Maliki.  They repost a Fars News Agency 'report' about a 'report' by Norway's Radio Austin.

According to a report by Norway’s Radio Austin,  European states are concerned about the partnership of certain regional countries with a plan proposed by certain opposition forces for assassinating the Iraqi prime minister.
The report said that the Western states are pressurizing Qatari, Turkish and Saudi officials not to embark on such an irresponsible and crazy act since it will have dangerous consequences for the regional states, specially Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Fars News Agency, whether you believe it is state-controlled (by Iran) or not, is not a resource you use by itself.  You can use it to back up a report others are making.  But Fars alone?  They're known to regularly lie.  If, for example, you take a Human Rights Watch press release and quote from it, you quote from it.  If you add an attack on one of your country's political enemies to the quote and present it as being from Human Rights Watch, you're not just a liar, you're not a trusted outlet.  Fars repeatedly lies.

'Well Fars was just noting Radio Austin!'

Radio Austin is known to be a tool of extremely devout Shi'ite backers of  Nouri al-Maliki.  They have offered one outlandish story after another.

Last July they were claiming that there was a military coup plotted against Nouri and Nouri was aware of it and that's why he'd refused to nominate anyone to head the Ministry of Defense.

Nouir was supposed to nominate someone before the end of 2010.  If he was governed by the Constitution and not The Erbil Agreement, he would have to get someone approved by the Parliament in order to even be prime minister.  Nearly two years later, Radio Austin's 'reporting' on the lack of Defense  and all they can offer is that Nouri can't name one or he'll be the victim of a military coup?  Can't point out that the country was supposed to have one?  Can't do anything but spin and whore for Nouri.

In June of last year, they were reporting that the move to remove confidence from Nouri -- publicly discussed and planned by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, SRG President Massoud Barzani, Speaker of Parliament Osama al-Njuaifi, cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr and the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq's Ammar al-Hakim, among others, was actually, Radio Norway insisted, the resulte of Saudi Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud.  He was paying off Iraqiya to do his bidding.  Not all but a significant number of Iraqiya are Sunnis.  Why would they need to be paid off to move against Nouri who is anti-Sunni?  Answer: They wouldn't.  And the lies that Iraqiya was being paid off don't even begin to explain why Kurds Talabani and Barzani were participating or why Shi'ites Moqtada and Ammar were.

In January 2012, Radio Austin was 'reporting' that the royal Saudi family was working to bring down Nouri  and that it was the same Saudi royal family who brought down the regimes in Egypt and Yemen and that they did so by paying off the protesters.

Seriously?  Saudi Arabia's royal family planed and paid workers for the Arab Spring?  Seriously?

In June 2012, Radio Austin was 'reporting' that Jordan was attempting to bring down Nouri.

The month prior, they offered a more fantastic tale but the charges against Saudi Arabia paled as they repeatedly explained what Vice President Massoud Barzani was doing.  Over and over, they told us about Vice President Massoud Barzani.

Thing is, Barzani is not the vice president of Iraq.  He is the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government.  And a real news outlet would know that.

Radio Austin is nothing but a rumor mill that's supposed to repeatedly portray Nouri as a victim.

We do realize that people are targeted in Iraq, right?

We do get that the Sunnis are a minority population?

So maybe we should be a little more careful in what nonsense we repeat.  Or is Global Research trying to encourage attacks on Sunnis?

I have no idea but the stupidity needs to stop. 

It's over, I'm done writing songs about love
There's a war going on
So I'm holding my gun with a strap and a glove
And I'm writing a song about war
And it goes
Na na na na na na na
I hate the war
Na na na na na na na
I hate the war
Na na na na na na na
I hate the war
Oh oh oh oh
-- "I Hate The War" (written by Greg Goldberg, on The Ballet's Mattachine!)

The number of US service members the Dept of Defense states died in the Iraq War is [PDF format warning] 4488.

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