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May 27, 2003

I thought that the ABC's 4 Corners show on the failure of diplomacy leading up the Iraq War--Road to War---was a pretty poor effort. Billed as an inside story by the BBC, it was both very uncritical of the main players and offered little in the way of deconstructing the war text. Classy gossip ---eavesdroppping on the big names and main players, some of whom performed for the camera.

This and this from the New York Review of Books are much better. And this from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) puts regime change in Iraq into a context of regime change in Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia.

These neo-cons have big ambitions.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 12:49 AM | | Comments (1)


It was an 'as it happened' style presentation... it had it's virtues, foremost of which was watching the evil ones squirm when things weren't going as swimmingly as they should. Then the disappointment of seeing the smirks return as things went their way.

I get BBC on Foxtel and there have been some excellent pieces lately on Israel, the neocons etc. Panorama -style, and much meatier than the ABC thing. One guy spent a week or two hounding the neocons (AEI and PNAC principally) ever so politely - he too produced telling moments of squirm from dreadful people like Eliot Cohen and Meyrav Wurmser. It must be hard to defend the indefensible but even so they did a terrible job. The deep chauvinism that drives these zealots was barely concealed; concealed almost as an afterthought, with awkward smiles and shoulder shrugs.

The other one was Tim Sebastian grilling a leader of the settlers, one Yisrael Medad. Again, the awful chauvinism exposed to the light, the nervously smiling obfuscations and evasions. You could almost hear the guy thinking 'oy, they didn't tell me he'd ask questions like THIS'!

But the NYREV and the BBC aren't on the radar for the people who need most to see stuff like this - the 'average' American.

And the neocons and their fellow travellers who own and run the US media will ensure that continues into the forseeable future.

Nice to see Martin Bell getting stuck into Conrad Black and Rupert Merde-och in the Guardian today..