Young Geoffrey (ed_rex) wrote,
Young Geoffrey

Iraq: Failures of Imagination - The Invaders and the Press

Following the hockey game about which - thank god - I don't much care (Montreal lost in overtime, 2 to 1), came the CBC's national news.

Naturally, the war in Iraq had top billing.

The voice-over intoned, "One year ago today, a statue of Saddam Husseing was toppled ..." with footage of the photo-op of said toppling leading off the item.

How to express my rage? Anyone who reads the Globe and Mail, or The Economist or fucking CBC Television must - absolutely has to -know at this point that the symbolic toppling of that statue was a photo-op, written, directed and performed by the US military, with a couple of hundred Iraqi's hired on as extras.

It was not the murder of Ceausescu, nor the felling of the Berlin Wall - it was an orchestrated set-piece performed by an invading army and everyone who pays any attention to the news knows this. Why is our national broadcaster using the propaganda of one of the antagonists as the frame for a report on the collapse of the American plans for Iraq?

The story unfolding is one anyone who pays any attention to history knew well in advance would happen: something less than 200,000 soldiers cannot walk into a country and re-make it according to their ideology. Maybe 5,000 policemen can more or less keep the peace for Toronto's 2 or 3 million - most of us want safe streets, after all - but an invading army cannot do the same for 25,000,000 people. (And yes, I predicted what is happening now - when my main computer is up and running again, I'll quote myself, if any of you want me to.)

What's happening in Iraq is a lesson the US has learned more than once - Vietnam being the prime example - and that will be forgotten in less than a half-dozen years, because the "most powerful country in the world" cannot accept the idea that they can lose a war, unless they can blame someone for "doing it wrong" (there is a reason that Rambo was so popular down south: according to that movie, the war in Vietnam wasn't a crime, it was a justified war, lost because it wasn't fought "right". Nevermind that well over a million Vietnamese were slaughtered and yet the Vietnamese still won the war {Chomsky's contention that the US won the peace is another question}).

My pointlessly rhetorical question is: why is the fucking CBC buying into the US propaganda? I pay taxes so the CBC will keep me informed about what's happening in the world, not so it can spoon-feed me the Pentagon's take on things.

The toppling of that statue of Hussein never spoke for the Iraqi people and it makes no sense - even as a dramatic image - to pretent that it ever did.

Starting a report of the begining of the US defeat in the desert with that iconography can only prejudice any and all CBC reporting that comes out of that country over the next few months (or years - if the US can stomach it, they can kill one fuck of a lot of Arabs before they "declare victory" and pack it in).

Oh, what's the point? This is my journal, isn't it, and nothing more?

The irony (about my anger) is that I believe in liberal democracy and all that term implies. I don't think it will do much good (though the fact Canadian soldiers are not being killed by, nor killing, Iraqis, suggests I might be wrong: maybe those demos during the winter of 2002 did some good), but I am suddenly feeling the need to make a sign and get out into the street to march.

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