Al-Jazeera And The Truth
By Charley Reese
12/06/06 -- --
Al-Jazeera, the Arab television network that the Bush
administration hates so passionately, has launched its
English-language service but is, of course, having
trouble finding an American cable or satellite system
willing to carry it.
The British Broadcasting Corp. had a man watch the first
day's broadcast (it's being distributed in Europe) and
gave it a rave review: accurate, but grim.
Since American politicians have involved us so deeply in
the Middle East, the American public is entitled to see
the truth of what's going on over there. The public
can't get that from American television, which sanitizes
its reports. Al-Jazeera shows you the grim reality. When
the Israelis kill children, they show you the bodies and
the weeping mothers. They show you all the ugly truth
about Israeli and American policies and actions in the
Middle East. They show you what war looks like.
So you don't need an electronic bug in the offices of
the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee to know
that AIPAC and the Bush administration are putting
pressure on the distributors to shun Al-Jazeera. Denying
Americans their First Amendment right to the truth, in
regard to Israel, is always Job One with AIPAC. That is
necessary because the truth about Israel's actions
toward the Palestinians and other Arab countries puts
the lie to all of the Zionist propaganda.
Even before the recent massacre of an extended family
asleep in its home by Israeli tank fire, the Israelis
had killed 57 unarmed children in their current Gaza
attacks. That number comes from Haaretz, an Israeli
newspaper that publishes an English-language edition on
the Internet. I heartily recommend it, because Israeli
newspapers, unlike American newspapers, are not afraid
to criticize the Israeli government.
Israel is, after all, a country like any other, and its
population consists of decent people and indecent
people, as does the population of every other country in
the world. The conflict between Israel and the
Palestinians is the core problem in the Middle East. It
drives everything else, and until that problem is
resolved in a just manner, there will be no peace or
stability in that region.
Recently, the U.S. again vetoed a U.N. Security Council
resolution condemning the murder of the extended family,
using the same worn-out excuse that it was unbalanced.
OK, the resolution could have said it condemned the
sporadic firing of homemade rockets, which have killed
one person in recent weeks, and the deaths of 18
innocent people, the latest of more than 150 who have
been killed by the Israeli army. Even if it had said
that, we still would have vetoed it. The Israelis — who,
by the way, have the most high-tech military equipment
in the region — said the deaths were a mistake. Yes, the
death rate of Palestinians due to Israeli mistakes is
very, very high.
The rest of the world is getting sick of watching us
kowtow to the Israeli government. The U.S. is losing
friends like a sycamore tree loses leaves in the cold
blast of a November storm.
You should call your cable or satellite provider and
request the English-language service of Al-Jazeera. In
addition to Haaretz, you should also google the Angry
Arab News Service, a Web site of an American college
professor who isn't afraid of the truth.
I wish American politicians had never gotten us involved
in the Middle East, but since they have, you deserve to
know the naked truth of what's going on over there. Al-Jazeera
will tell you. Fox News, whose employees act as if they
are on Karl Rove's payroll, won't.
(Write to Charley Reese at P.O. Box 2446, Orlando, FL
(c) 2006 by King Features Syndicate