Thursday, February 25, 2010

CNN: What a Tool

There are so many things wrong with this situation that I don't even know where to begin. So let's do a rough draft and then we'll flesh it out, shall we?

1. An evil terrorist/serial killer named Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was killed in Dubai, where his actions were sanctioned and he was protected.

2. When M&M was killed, Dubai made the extreme claim that not one, not five, not ten, but twenty six people were involved in taking him out. Is this believable? I find it incredible that major news organizations like CNN are falling for this. My guess is that Dubai is throwing mud at the wall, seeing what will stick. They figure that their wild allegations will result in their being able to pin the killing on someone.

3. Everyone seems shocked that M&M was allegedly tortured. Yeah, that really goes beyond the pale, doesn't it? Goodness knows that terrorists never do anything so barbaric. We should all be surprised.

4. It looks like Mossad, the secretive Israeli foreign intelligence unit, was behind the killing. And several of the Mossad apparently used fake passports to enter Dubai. Now Australia's Foreign Minister Stephen Smith is shaking his finger at Israel and giving them a proper scolding and the European Union is saying about the same thing. I'm assuming that's as far as it will go: Governments often issue dire warnings and then everyone forgets about it.

5. CNN is now endangering the same alleged Mossad agents by publishing all twenty six pictures. That means that if some or all of these people are actually innocent, they don't stand a prayer if a terrorist sympathizer gets his hands on them. And who's to say that any of the twenty six are guilty? Only Dubai, home of the Terrorist Glee Club.

6. Mossad must hire some supermodels. Every one of the women are gorgeous, or close to it. Perhaps they simply need to start their own fashion line. I hear fashion opens doors.

Anyway, to organize all this into a summary: CNN is obviously a tool for Dubai. Their ignorant publishing of all twenty six pictures, as well as their assumption that Dubai is being completely truthful, really shows a lack of journalistic integrity.

I've never had any real problems with CNN before this, but I find them contemptible now.


Ed said...

I would expect that if some of the U.S. secret agents went into Afghanistan and killed someone, even a terrorist like Osama, that the foreign press might publish their pictures if their identity were discovered. I would guess that the Mossad agents would have reason to expect that the same might happen to them and still signed up for the job.

I have a hard time getting worked up about this especially since there are fatwas issues against Rushdie and a Danish cartoonist and both are still alive after all these years. Sure they probably wouldn't step foot in the middle east but who would want to anyway.

Gary Baker said...

I have no problem at all getting worked up about it considering that in many cases those facing fatwas have to have body guards, police accompaniment, etc., to keep them alive after "all these years."

I haven't seen the pictures, but considering what I've heard about how proficient the Mossad is supposed to be, I doubt all or even most of the pictures shown belong to agents that entered Dubai for this case (assuming that it actually was a Mossad assassination). I would be inclined to think that they were pictures of people known or suspected to be associated with Israel that were thrown out to increase outrage. That's strictly my own opinion. I have no particular knowledge of the truth of any claims.

I'm not really sure how I feel overall about the situation. I despise international terrorism, but I can't say that I am a whole lot more fond of any government that dispatches agents to foreign soil for purposes of capturing or killing suspects. I'm sure that the US has done this, so it's not like I'm claiming any moral high ground for us. Given the uncertainties involved, I would probably run the story of suspected Israeli involvement but I don't think I would list names or photos of any suspects. Too much chance for collateral damage.