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Friday, June 22, 2007

The media is al-Qaeda's best p.r. agency

in the top reuters story this morning on the latest u.s. military push in iraq, al qaeda is mentioned 13 times in a 614 word story...

  • al Qaeda militants (4x)
  • Sunni Islamist al Qaeda
  • al Qaeda (5x)
  • al Qaeda hotbed
  • stronghold of al Qaeda
  • al Qaeda domination
reading the article, you would think that al qaeda is not only everywhere in iraq but is also behind all the insurgent activity that's going on... but, as is typical with our media, you have to read down to paragraphs 14 and 17 to get any clue about the bigger picture...
President George W. Bush has sent 28,000 extra troops mainly to Baghdad to help curb sectarian bloodshed and buy time for Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to reach a political accommodation with disaffected minority Sunni Arabs, who are locked in a cycle of violence with majority Shi'ite Muslims.


[Brigadier-General Mick Bednarek, deputy commanding general, operations, 25th Infantry Division] said the fight against al Qaeda in Diyala also involved local Sunnis Arabs who opposed the United States but who wanted to end al Qaeda domination of their communities.

being the good little robotrons that we are, we read and hear al qaeda, al qaeda, al qaeda, 24/7, and we KNOW (because we've been told time and time and time again) that osama bin laden heads al qaeda, that al qaeda is our mortal enemy, and that al qaeda is out to destroy us in our beds as we sleep, so, by extension, we are fighting osama bin laden and terrorists in iraq... after all, the bush administration has to have multiple ways of reinforcing their key themes, right...?

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