Thursday, February 11, 2010

Orwellian inversion

In a series of articles over the last two weeks, Reuters reports on saber-rattling by Syria, Lebanon, and Iran against Israel.  Only, Reuters spins the facts a bit differently.  Note the handling of the headlines in the following three stories:
Israel pushing Middle East to war: Syria's Assad
Lebanon warns of "dangerous" situation with Israel
Ahmadinejad warns Israel against any military move
All very "defensive" on behalf of Syria, Lebanon, and Iran, yes?

Then there's this headline:
Netanyahu assures Syria after Israeli FM's threat
Well, at least Netanyahu was assuring after that "threat".

Despite years of transparent, savage calls to annihilate Israel by Syria:
Our forces are now entirely ready not only to repulse the aggression, but to initiate the act of liberation itself, and to explode the Zionist presence in the Arab homeland. The Syrian army, with its finger on the trigger, is united....I, as a military man, believe that the time has come to enter into a battle of annihilation.  (Hafez Assad; 1967)
 Hezbollah in Lebanon:
If they go from Shebaa, we won't stop fighting them. ... Our goal is to liberate the 1948 borders of Palestine, ... The Jews who survive this war of liberation can go back to Germany or wherever they came from.  (Hassan Ezzedin; 2002)
The Iranian regime:
Israel must be wiped off the map (Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010...)
Reuters would have us believe that it is Israel which is the aggressor in the region and banging the drums of war.

Reminds us of the handicraft of another media titan.

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