"Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons." Bertrand Russell

Monday, July 18, 2005

Dismantling History

Running out of adjectives to describe the dominant news' disregard for the truth.

Dear Madam,

Today's (18/7/05) Times reports that the "US president George Bush approved a plan to channel covert aid to Iraqi parties and candidates in the run-up to the January elections." His attempt to fix the result of the so called democratic election "runs counter to the administration's insistence that the election would be free and unfettered." What was unmentioned in the article was that the very claim made by the US administration was also supported by The Irish Times. On the 1st February 2005 Conor O'Clery wrote "Poll success eclipses past blunders for US. Iraq's election has fuelled the feeling that the corner may have been turned." He continued to say "Sunday's election in Iraq exceeded expectations and brought some relief after nearly two years of blunders and setbacks. However, President Bush was careful in his reaction not to appear too jubilant, to avoid raising expectations that a turning point had been reached and US troops would be coming home soon." Obviously President Bush's jubilation was hindered by the fact his plan to channel democracy towards US interests was not fully successful. This unconditional acceptance of administration rhetoric should not be forgotten. In fact, one should be reminded of it every time the administration makes a statement. "The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting." (Milan Kundera)

Yours etc...

1. http://www.ireland.com/newspaper
2. http://www.ireland.com/newspaper