mark worden mworden at WIZZARDS.NET
Sun Apr 20 20:42:20 UTC 2003

Some targets are more legitimate than others ::

View from Baghdad: Anger at US grows as hunger, looting and gunfights grip
the streets. By Nick Meo

They didn't want Saddam Hussein back, but most Iraqis were clear about why
they had been 'liberated'. 'America bombed the communications ministry, the
agriculture ministry and the sports ministry,' said Amir, a taxi driver.
'But they didn't touch the oil ministry.'

Sure enough the building was standing intact next to its charred neighbours
in the government district, heavily guarded by US troops in contrast to the
museum which had its priceless collection destroyed and stolen.

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> On Sun, 20 Apr 2003 10:22:57 -0700 mark worden
> > Several recently published articles assert an incredible need for
> > better
> > information. In this context, Peter Arnett's name has given rise to
> > a new
> > verb. People will tell you that if anybody dares to tell the truth,
> > he will
> > be "Arnetted" -- fired, that is, as the journalist was from the NBC
> > network
> > for giving an honest interview to Iraqi television. --Mohamed Hakki
> Interesting.
> It brings up a question I have been mulling for a couple of weeks now,
> ever since the claimed targeting of al Jazera (my spell checker is of no
> help there). What is the difference between propoganda and journalism? A
> propoganda operation is a legitimate war target, a journalist is not.
> Well, usually not.
> Certainly there is the I-know-it-when-I-see-it element, and the ends of
> the continuum are pretty recognizable. But can a line be drawn? Is a
> definition possible that separates them?
> D

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