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World Links 7/18

July 18, 2008

Why can’t msm get the details right?

Problems in Reporting the Israel-Hezbollah Exchange

The prisoner exchange between Hezbollah and Israel was accompanied by heavy media coverage of the actual deal as well as related events.  Not all of the mainstream coverage is accurate.

…New York Times article by Dina Kraft incorrectly reported, “in Israel, where the captured reservists, Mr. Goldwasser and Mr. Regev, both university students, have been declared dead.” In fact, while they were widely presumed dead, the formal process to declare them dead, involving the Israel Defense Forces chief rabbi, had been halted.

Also, repeating an earlier uncorrected falsehood, the Los Angeles Times‘s Richard Boudreaux falsely reported the chronology of events surrounding the capture of Israeli reservists Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev:

The war two summers ago started with a cross-border raid by Hezbollah aimed at seizing soldiers to bargain for the release of Kuntar, who was serving multiple life sentences, and other Lebanese prisoners.

Eight Israeli soldiers in a border-patrol convoy were killed in the raid and their bodies recovered. The Israeli military said Goldwasser and Regev, shown on video being half-carried and half-dragged into Lebanon, were seriously wounded and possibly killed in the attack.

The fighting escalated as Israel bombarded Lebanon from the air, and thousands of Hezbollah rockets rained on northern Israel.

But the fighting did not “escalate” with Hezbollah rocket attacks on northern Israel (or an Israeli attack on Lebanon, for that matter.) The fighting started with Hezbollah rocket attacks, which were ongoing during the cross-border raid.

And, from the man who cheered on and encouraged the Iraq war in 2002:

“Your dedication to religious and cultural tolerance, coexistence, and dialogue is important to achieving lasting peace,” Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte told a group of 32 teenagers from Mumbai and Lahore at the State Department.

Perhaps we should have shown that same dedication to keeping peace?

“Progress is often frustratingly slow, and worse, sometimes suffers major setbacks….”

Yes, war often does cause setbacks. Welcome to the life of the average person in this world. Do these people in Washington ever hear themselves?

Says it all, doesn't it?

Russia Winning Arctic Race: US Coast Guard

The Coast Guard chief said Russia had finally put to sea last year the largest icebreaker in its polar fleet – the ’50 Years of Victory’, which has been under construction since 1989 and guarantees Russia easy access to the vast natural resources in the Arctic region.

Didn’t you just kinda, sorta knew that was behind all of this the other day?

Of course you did.

We all did.

Call for calm in language debate

Politicians have been told to reduce the tension surrounding calls for an Irish language act in the north.

The demand by Sinn Fein and the SDLP has sparked bitter debates at the assembly, with the executive split on the move.

…“I readily accept it’s a difficult issue but I believe that what Northern Ireland consistently shows is that where there is a difficult issue, you can find a resolution to it.”

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