Saturday, October 21, 2006
TelChaiNation on France2’s getting a child killed to provide drama for the camera:
At another point, a boy faked a leg injury, but instead of drawing big kids who could pick him up and rush him past the cameramen to an ambulance, he only attracted little kids. He shooed them away, looked around, and, seeing that no one was coming to evacuate him, straightened up and walked away without a limp. An Israeli cameraman working for France2 who was watching the film with me and Enderlin at the time, laughed at this point. When I asked him why, he said, “because it looks so fake.” “That’s my impression as well,” I responded. Enderlin responded, “Oh, they do that all the time. It’s their cultural style. They exaggerate.”To the sensationalist, ideologically driven press, human life is cheap.
Eyes wide shut: meet the face of evil.
An even shoddier news outfit playing on France2’s problems by saying their news is more “real.” Using a fad-in, fade-out montage of images, the video includes the implication that US soldiers in Iraq commonly kill innocent civilians.
Friday, October 20, 2006
Otherwise they prefer image over reality, and don’t use the word much when it comes to what a good citizen should do to be called one.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Crossing the Atlantic with a Koran in hand: "Islam and terrorism have become intertwined in the collective subconscious"
A hijab left only the oval of my face exposed - my blond hair was covered, pulled back in a tight bun - and I was wearing an ankle-length skirt. For good measure, a copy of the Koran stuck out of my handbag.In a typical mainstream media article, Katrin Bennhold dresses up as a Muslim and crosses the Atlantic Ocean in a flight from Washington to Paris. Although hardly anything happens — most officials and fellow travelers, both in the airports and on the plane, show her no disrespect (they even know Muslim customs) — the International Herald Tribune's Paris correspondent discovers that, needless to say, any (rare) example to the contrary (such as a remark) speaks
loudly about how Islam and terrorism have become intertwined in the collective subconscious.In order to make this hardly-a-story an article, the German journalist must go to other sources, documenting how unfairly Muslims have been, and are, treated in the West and getting feel-good quotes such as the one ending the piece. Never mentioned, of course, whether by herself or the complaining Arabs she interviews, is how non-Muslims are treated in Muslim societies and whether there might not be a modicum of common sense (at least, in this day and age, i.e., that of Mohammed Atta) in racially profiling people whose brothers regularly call for the death of the West.
Check it out – the über-moonbats at Courrier International cover WaPo’s statement of what’s been rather obvious with a light touch. Having been hyperventilating over the Gitmo prisoners, they bury this little gem:
Regularly, the United States is challenged over the Guatanamo Bay prisoners who are supposed terrorist and are called “enemy combatants”, and do not enjoy Geneva convention rights. It’s good to close Guantanamo, certainly, but what to make of the prisoners? According to The Washington Post, in spite of their calls to the closing of Guantanamo, several European countries refused the transfer of prisoners on their territory.As for that great, self-stated love of “human rights” for anyone who appears remotely opposed to U.S. interests, WaPo wrote this unsurprising stance of the Europeans:
Other European governments, which have been equally vocal in assailing Guantanamo as a human rights liability, have also balked at accepting prisoner transfers. A Turkish citizen who was born and raised in Germany was finally permitted to return from Guantanamo in August, four years after the German government turned down a U.S. proposal to release him.Can you smell that, son? Can you smell the mendacity?
In addition, virtually every country in Europe refused to grant asylum to several Guantanamo prisoners from China who were not being sent home because of fears they could face political harassment there.
All it is, is more of the usual European bleating about what they WISH could happen, while making no effort whatsoever to achieve it.
"We think countries whose nationals are in Guantanamo ought to take responsibility for them," Bellinger [the State Department's chief legal adviser] said. "We have also, in certain cases, encouraged European governments to see if they would be eager to take detainees of other nationalities."
So far, there have been few takers.This, behind all the dramatic foot-stomping and fist-shaking we find:
"It was a shame what happened," said one of his [the German national’s] attorneys, Bernhard Docke. "It was a kind of excuse for being passive and just watching what was going on. If Germany had done something then, it would have kept him from having to spend another four years in Guantanamo."Surprised?the fuse is lit!
And they’re so often gored in the bathtubs in crappy apartment buildings. Otherwise this pleasant description from the heart of the caliphate’s province of Belgium still piques ones’ interest.
The lucky winner gets: a new kitchen (cabinets and appliances), two-way plane tickets, a sheep, 'Ramadan cooking for sharing' cookbooks.the fuse is lit!
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Monday, October 16, 2006
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Hiding in among the usual EUtopia-ese
The WEU Assembly and the European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC) are jointly holding a conference on space, defence and European security in Kourou, French Guiana from 19-22 September 2006, at the invitation of the European Space Agency (ESA), the French space agency (CNES) and Arianespace. Numerous members of the national parliaments of European countries, as well as representatives of the European Parliament and the EU Military Staff and Satellite Centre, will be attending, alongside leading figures from Europe’s space industry. The conference will address the various aspects of a European Space Policy having regard to security and defence, with a particular focus on the technological and industrial capacities needed to achieve such a policy.It sounds like they’re seeing if they have the capacity to mount a missile defense program, or at the very least a serious remote-sensing capability.
If they can get a grip on the usual adolescent bickering over “how many jobs are doled out where”, they might manage something.
... La nature des débats pâtit évidemment de ce confort matériel, bien mal réparti sans doute : cinquième semaine de congé et RTT, âge de la retraite et augmentation de la taxe foncière n’incitent pas aux grandes envolées lyriques ou aux prophéties apocalyptiques. On commence seulement à prendre conscience de la profondeur des enjeux sociaux économiques actuels.
Et puis, surtout, les haines sont interdites, les excès sanctionnés et les gros mots réprimés. Un mot en trop ou en moins sur les homos, les immigrés, les casseurs, les brûleurs de voitures, les colonialistes, les marchands d’esclaves des siècles passés, les massacres atroces estampillés « génocides », et vous voilà montré du doigt quand ce n’est pas traîné devant les tribunaux.
Une magnifique existence s’ouvre à nous, aseptisée sans doute, mais surtout insipide, craintive, ligotée. ...
-- Pierre Rigoulot, préface de France Intox chez Editions Underbahn.
A bronze monument near Paris commemorating the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks has been destroyed just two days after France's parliament passed a bill that would make it a crime to deny the genocide.
A local member of the Armenian church in Chaville, a town near Paris, said the heavy bronze sculpture was wrenched off its pedestal late Friday night or early Saturday morning.