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Sleepless in Fulham: Rambling and gambling by David Young
Tuesday, 29 August 2006
What if they didn't report?
Topic: Politics

I'm not one for censorship, but there are times when it's obvious that the media can change events merely by being around to report them. This week, two kidnapped Fox News journalists were freed by the Islamic militant group that had captured them in Gaza. One of them said on his release:

"I just hope this never scares a single journalist away from coming to Gaza to cover this story because the Palestinian people are very beautiful, kind-hearted, loving people who the world need to know more about and so do not be discouraged. Come and tell the story. It's a wonderful story."

But that got me to thinking - what if journalists did refuse to go to Gaza? I think it would be a positive thing. If Palestinians really are the "very beautiful, kind-hearted, loving people who the world need to know more about" then is it too much to ask that they don't kidnap the journalists who are going to tell their version of events? I think a media boycott would benefit Gazans and journalists worldwide. Perhaps if there had been a temporary media boycott a few years ago, these two wouldn't have been kidnapped in the first place.

On a connected theme, I was struck by a comment in the middle of this report about a trip to southern Israel, near the border with Gaza: 

Key Quote:

“Lots of Qassams hit this city,” Shika said. “Most people killed by the Qassams live here.”

“How many rockets are hitting the city right now?” I said.

“Not as many today,” he said. “Because of the war in Lebanon.”

“What does Lebanon have to do with it?” I said.

“All the journalists forgot about us during the Lebanon war. So the terrorists are waiting for the media to come back before firing rockets again. They don’t want to waste those they have.”

“That can’t be the only reason,” I said. “The IDF has been active in Gaza this entire time. Surely that has something to do with it.”

“Yes,” he said. “Also because of the IDF.

Later two more Israelis repeated what Shika said about Hamas and Islamic Jihad cooling their rocket launchers while the media’s attention was elsewhere. I haven’t heard any official confirmation from either side that it’s true.

(Emphasis mine)

I realise this is merely anecdotal, but it makes a lot of sense. Terrorists see the western media as a front in their strategy.

_ DY at 1:14 PM BST
Updated: Tuesday, 29 August 2006 1:30 PM BST
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Sunday, 3 September 2006 - 1:30 AM BST

Name: "iraq adventurer"

the excellent peter taylor is on bbc2 sunday night.

he will prove that Iraq is now a massive breeding ground for hundreds if not thousands of new al Quaeda recruits.

Sunday, 3 September 2006 - 1:53 AM BST

Name: "David Young"


not this old one again! Funny how Al Qaeda was able to destroy two embassies in Africa in 1998 and the WTC twin towers in 2001 before the Iraq war created their recruits! And how about that Richard Reid, the shoe bomber, who boarded a place in France(!!) in December 2001 - a year and a quarter before the Iraq war? And then there's the curious matter of all those British Muslims who went off to fight alongside the Taliban against British forces in October 2001. 

And what about the plots in Germany and Canada that I've written about? What have those countries got to do with Iraq?

Peter will have some explaining to do. For starters he can explain why Al Qaeda asked for a time-out! 


History didn't start when Bush invaded Iraq. Go and read some history.



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