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– Darkness of Western media over Gaza (PressTV, Nov 24, 2012):
The fighting in Gaza, for now at least, is over. Both sides are claiming a victory, for the press. What escapes the media is truth and reality. If this were only incompetence and not complicity.
Some say the conflict started when Israel used military force in assassinating a top Hamas leader inside Gaza.
A more realistic view would also include this minor sub note, that Gaza has been bombed nearly continually. I was “live” (Skype) with Ken O’Keefe, not so long ago; when Israel bombed, what they claimed was a “rocket factory” in a residential neighborhood.
O’Keefe, a Veterans Today correspondent and US Marine, walked into the burning rubble, his camera operator filming it all. Before the ceiling collapsed, with me yelling at him to “get out of there, Ken,” he picked through what had actually been destroyed.
It was a pharmaceutical and medical supply warehouse. The debris made it clear, pill bottles, medicines, bandages, items Israel has typically considered the tools of terrorism.
These bombings had been nightly. Maybe they will stop for a while; if so, rockets will have bought the respite, not Israeli “good will.”
I would spend hours on Skype with Ken during his 18 months there; the Israeli airstrikes were continual.
We have looked at Ken O’Keefe, a journalist. We will look at one more, Christiane Amanpour with her multi-million-dollar salary and the world at her feet?
Is she also a journalist? We are going to decide on that.
Over the period that most in the West believe there has been “peace,” the Israeli Air Force has flown thousands of sorties over Gaza and their record of hitting targets they feel “justified” to go after is even worse than the American drone record.
A good set of estimates, depending on definitions can go between 85% and 98% “collateral damage,” based on definition. Eighty five percent of casualties have been women and children and the remainder could be classified as “militants,” a combination of police, legally constituted militia, members of local and foreign press (needing silencing) and members of government that Israel opposes.
A reminder for those unfamiliar with the democratic realities of Gaza and the West Bank, during the elections of January 25, 2006, Hamas won 74 of 132 seats on the Palestinian Legislative Council.
This made Hamas the chosen and democratically elected government of what United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 of November 22, 1967 designated an independent state.
There is a second more serious problem, the one-sided point of view as to what it means to invade and occupy, the definition of “apartheid” and, more specifically, when stealing land from rightful owners because they are of the wrong religion is allowed. This is technically a war crime by every imaginable definition.
America just finished a hotly disputed election where the regime of Israel, the ruling party who has maintained power through propaganda, intimidation, and vote rigging, has attempted to, quite literally, impose its will to install a president few Americans wanted.
We in Ohio only have to look back to the 2004 election when our voting machines were altered at 11:17 PM on election night and key highly democratic areas were “flipped” using a software hack written by now deceased Bush “hacker” Mike Connell.
During our most recent election, the same attempt was made, voting machines crashed, and votes were sent to an out-of-state processing facility to be altered, but this time the hack was overridden.
Now we are told dozens of top officers have been removed or are awaiting removal because they have been involved in a plot to override the American election the same way Israel deals with other politicians that it disagrees with.
This is part of a story easily followed, one Americans and Europeans will never hear. Two days ago, Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s top correspondent, believed by most Americans to be a “friendly and ‘safe’ Muslim,” interviewed Hamas Political chief Khaled Meshaal.
Notwithstanding that Israel had just killed well over 100 Palestinian civilians during a short conflict they began with a “targeted assassination” of a Hamas leader using an American-supplied jet bomber; this is how Amanpour saw what she represents as “fair and balanced” journalism:
“Amanpour: There has been a terrible attack inside Israel today, in Tel Aviv. The first of these kinds of attacks in six years. A bomb on a bus, and there have been many casualties. Does Hamas claim responsibility? Did Hamas do that?
Meshaal: This question must be addressed to (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu.
Amanpour: No, no, I’m asking you. Did Hamas claim responsibility? Did Hamas do that?”
At no point does Amanpour address Israel’s role in starting the war or its systematic targeting of civilians. In one attack alone, 15 women and children in a single home died.
Some might call this bias. Some might call this heartless. We will go further. Here is Khaled Meshaal’s response to her second question and her obvious utter moral oblivion:
“Meshaal: Not Hamas, not others, not other people from…, not Hamas. No one can announce except those who committed, not me. The lesson is what matters. What led to this? Who created the circumstances that led to this operation? It is Netanyahu with his crimes, in killing the kids of Gaza, and the continuity of aggression. He create(d) such ramifications everywhere. This could lead to any kind of reaction as retaliation for what happened in Gaza.”
These are the highlights CNN chose to publish from the interview. Note the consistency of Amanpour, never acknowledging the one reality, that this and every conflict for over 60 years has never been about Israel’s “right to exist” but, rather Israel’s right to exist as an apartheid state with six million refugees locked in camps, a situation we have seen so many times before, Stalin’s gulags, America’s “Indian reservations” or South Africa’s “townships.”
Might we also add the Warsaw Ghetto or Dachau? Did anyone ever accuse the Germans of dropping bombs on Nazi concentration camps the way Israel does with theirs?
“And yet you say that you would accept a two-state solution but you won’t recognize Israel’s right to exist,” Amanpour said.
Meshaal repeatedly said that the “Palestinians are offering peace” and blamed the United States and Israel for working toward situations that are not peaceful.
“How can I accept Israel? They have occupied my land,” Meshaal said.
Amanpour asked him directly if Hamas is getting weapons from Iran.
Hamas is a “resistance” against “occupation,” he said and it seeks financial, military and other forms of support from Iran from any state that wishes to support Hamas.
The group gets helps from Europe and from Iran, wherever it can get it, he said.
“So the answer is yes,” to whether Iran helps Hamas, Amanpour challenged.
“I answered you,” Meshaal replied.
Amanpour asked him to explain Hamas’ end game.
“The end game is to end occupation,” he said, and bring about “peace throughout the region.”
I watch the video and I see Amanpour, and I see Meshaal.
Where is someone to ask questions of Amanpour? Let me think of a few:
1. Ms. Amanpour, is it not true that your married name is Christiane Rubin and are you not the wife of a prominent Israeli lobbyist and Israeli citizen?
2. When Rachel Corrie was bulldozed to death or your fellow journalists were executed in international waters by Israeli commandos, did you find this disturbing or morally wrong?
3. When you focus on attacks on Israel as children are being mourned across Gaza, do you ever suspect your hypocrisy might not be hidden as well as you would like?
4. As 122 United Nations’ members officially recognize the Palestinian State as a sovereign nation as designated and as both the United Nations Security Council and International Court of Justice have found Israel in continual violation of international law in nearly every aspect of actions since 1948, are you simply totally ignorant or a fully complicit stooge of a criminal conspiracy to commit war crimes?
5. As you are aware, Israel has consistently attacked civilian facilities in Gaza while enjoying protection from UN military response by American vetoes. You are also aware that America supplies the bombs and planes used for these attacks. Why then do you only question the Palestinian state’s right for self-defense?
6. Are you aware that the only “legal” standing Israel has for its nuclear program is based on the “accord” as expressed below?
“The policy and practice of nuclear opacity was codified in 1969 in an extraordinary secret accord between Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir and US Pres. Richard Nixon. In Israel, for government officials, security analysts, and even the general public, nuclear opacity is one of the Jewish state’s greatest strategic and diplomatic success stories.”
7. Given that this “secret accord” was never ratified by the US Senate and, even if it had been, has no standing in the international community and that President Nixon was removed from office for his patterns of criminal misconduct, what legal authority allows Israel to possess nuclear weapons, even to the point of threatening Western Europe (Martin Van Cleveld) and yet Iran is denied clearly-allowed nuclear capabilities?
8. In that the IAEA and even the regime of Israel have now openly accepted that Iran does not have a nuclear program, to the point where they have not been able to establish conclusively that one has ever existed, and, given that what is now known to be utterly false and unsupportable, is your only personal rationale for the lightly veiled attacks you continually make on Iran, are you, just perhaps, discrediting yourself as more an agent of belligerence than a journalist?
9. Noting that Israel systematically attacked, not only Palestinian journalists but several international news agencies as well, something you have failed to comment on, thus indicating tacit approval for this policy, were such an attack made on you, would you find it to be both “reasonable and expedient” as when your fellow journalists are bombed or executed?
Amanpour’s behavior, her attitudes, her indifference to morality, to legality and humanity aren’t one bit atypical of Western Media, the “pop culture journalists” who read from “talking points” prepared by lobbyists and intelligence agencies, who are, in many cases, carefully tasked members of intelligence organizations themselves.
Journalists are often followed, threatened and killed. More are simply bought, certainly all those working for major media fall into this category.
As for this year’s Gaza War, “journalists” such as Amanpour may well decide the aftermath.
However, are they really journalists at all?