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July 30, 2005

LA Times: Makdisi Compares Suicide Bombers to American and British Soldiers

Months after CAMERA took the Los Angeles Times to task for publishing falsehoods in a commentary by UCLA's Saree Makdisi, the newspaper is now running another commentary by the English professor-cum-propagandist. Now Makdisi is "explaining" how suicide bombing is no worse than the military actions of American and British soldiers:

Few have noticed that suicide bombing is merely a tactic used by those who lack other means of delivering explosives. Fewer still seem to notice that what happened in London is what occurs every time a U.S. or British warplane unloads its bombs on an Iraqi village.

The LA Times allows Makdisi to use the commentary space as a diatribe against the U.S. and British governments, attacking Israel along the way:

Our governments dismiss out of hand any connection between the London bombings and the war in Iraq. Such attacks, they say, predate 2003. But Iraq was first invaded in 1991, not 2003. Then a decade of sanctions against that country killed a million Iraqis, including 500,000 children. Over the same period, unwavering support for Israel has resulted in the deaths of thousands of innocent Palestinians and the total paralysis of an entire people. Tens of thousands have been slaughtered by U.S. and British forces in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001.

As long as the LA Times continues to protect, justify and allow the Makdisis of the world to use its space as a platform for hateful propaganda, the newspaper will continue to bring journalistic shame upon itself.

Posted by RH at July 30, 2005 10:13 PM


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