Lies cost lives in Iraq.
Remember the reasons given by the US military and puppet interim Iraqi government
for Operation Phantom Fury against Fallujah? Just prior to the November, 2004
assault on that city, the primary reasons given for the massacre in Fallujah
were: to provide “security and stability” for the upcoming January
30 “elections” and to rid Fallujah of Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi.
Let us judge the success or failure of this massacre by their own yardstick.
The “security and stability” generated for the elections on January
30, 2005 by the siege of Fallujah looked like roughly 40 dead Iraqi bodies and
200 wounded, on that day alone.
As for Zarqawi, since not one resident of Fallujah has seen or reported evidence
of this individual in their city before, during or after said siege, his existence
at all in Iraq remains in question…aside from living large in US military
propaganda which is happily trumpeted by corporate media outlets in the US.
Yesterday morning on NPR (National Pentagon Radio) their reporter in
Baghdad was asked if he felt what Mr. Bush said in a recent speech was true-was
the US military strategy in Iraq working? He replied that he felt what Mr. Bush
said was true in some cases, like in Fallujah. The NPR reporter referred to
Fallujah as “pacified.”
“Pacified” Fallujah looks like a dead six year-old child
in that city, shot by a US sniper in the Al-Dubbat neighborhood on December
1st, according to Al-Sharqiyah.
“Pacified” Fallujah looks like “two US soldiers were
killed by sniper fire on Wednesday [30 November] in the city of Al-Fallujah,
[60 kilometers] west of Baghdad, according to eyewitnesses. A tense atmosphere
prevailed in the city after the US forces besieged some of its quarters and
blocked the main street, while National Guard forces closed shops and asked
the residents to stay in their homes.” Again according to Al-Sharqiyah.
“Pacified” Fallujah looks like 10 Marines killed and 11
wounded by a roadside bomb while on a “foot patrol near Fallujah”
on Thursday December 1st, which was the deadliest attack on American troops
in nearly four months.
So if you want to keep thinking there is peace in Fallujah, you’d better
ignore the facts on the ground and keep listening to NPR “presstitutes”
talking on the radio from their hotel rooms in Baghdad.
Surprised to hear this about NPR? Don’t be.
According to Robert McChesney, president of Free Press, a national,
non-profit, media reform group in the US which works to support a diverse and
independent media, our public broadcasting outlets are already infiltrated by
Bush Administration ideologues.
“White House loyalists inside the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
have launched a crusade to remake PBS, NPR and other public media into official
mouthpieces. Kenneth Tomlinson’s tenure at the CPB was characterized by
targeting journalists like Bill Moyers who dared to air dissenting voices or
prepare investigative reports on the administration,” writes McChesney,
“Tomlinson’s goal was clearly to fire a shot across the bow of all
public stations so managers would shy away from the sort of investigative journalism
that might expose Bush administration malfeasance. Tomlinson resigned in disgrace
but left behind a cast of cronies to carry out his partisan crusade. And we
still don’t know the extent to which Karl Rove and others at the White
House orchestrated his efforts.”
Free Press also accuses the Bush Administration
of bribing journalists, lying about the Iraq War, eliminating dissent in the
mainstream media, gutting the Freedom of Information Act, consolidating media
control, and manufacturing fake news.
We’ve recently had a nice
example of a bright and shining lie with regards to manufacturing fake news
in Iraq. A secret military campaign to plant paid propoganda in the Iraqi news
media has been uncovered. Exposed is Washington-based Lincoln Group, which has
contracts with the military to “provide media and public relations services.”
Meanwhile, failed US propoganda campaigns are not hiding the fact that military
planners in Iraq estimate that there are as many as 100 resistance groups now
fighting against the Anglo-American occupiers of their country.
Nor have the propogandists managed to hide the fact that two more members of
the so-called Coalition of the Willing, Bulgaria and Ukraine, have announced
they will begin withdrawing their combined 1,250 troops by the middle of this
Most likely, Bulgaria and Ukraine want to get their folks out of Iraq before
more of the country becomes “pacified” like Fallujah.