Friday, July 21, 2006

Just defending themselves, of course

Somalia has been an Islamic country since, oh, forever. But now that it's been officially taken over by psychotics with a more global view on things, it is time to 'talk to the neighbours'.
Islamic militia leaders in Somalia have threatened to wage what they called a holy war [emphasis mine - Ed] against Ethiopia unless it withdraws its troops from Somalia.
headlines the BBC, and notice how they think they have the authority to make a distinction between what the Somalis call a holy war, and what REALLY consitutes a holy war! The BBC contradicting Islamic Somali militia leaders is not as weird as it seems, seeing we're talking about the Baghdad Broadcasting Cooperation of course.

Anyway. It seems Islam is alive and expanding in Eastern Africa. But don't worry, the UN is right on top of things:
The United Nations has urged all sides in Somalia to respect a ceasefire agreement and to resolve their differences through negotiations.
What we need is a smart bomb. One that determines the religion of a person, and then lobotomizes that person in case it's a muslim.

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Blogger jk3 said...

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3:33 PM  
Blogger jk3 said...

The BBC is impartial, that's why they did not say that the Somalis have threatened to wage a holy war. That would have implicitly implied that the BBC would consider it to be a holy war.

On the other hand, by saying "Islamic militia leaders in Somalia have threatened to wage what they called a holy war against Ethiopia unless it withdraws its troops from Somalia", they do not offer an opinion on whether or not this is indeed a holy war.

If instead they wanted to state that this was not really a holy war, they could have said something along the lines of: "Islamic militia leaders in Somalia have threatened to wage what they have wrongly called a holy war against Ethiopia unless it withdraws its troops from Somalia".

What we need is a smart bomb. One that determines the intellect of a person, and then lobotomizes that person in case it's an idiotic extreme right-winger.

3:37 PM  
Blogger D said...

"The BBC is impartial", lol, not even the BBC thinks so!

If the BBC was impartial, they would not editorialize, but simply quote the islamic militia leaders. Since the BBC does not want radical jihadi's to come across as radical jihadi's, they don't want to print the literal quotes, but publish their interpretation of them instead. This is otherwise known as "bias".

6:19 PM  
Blogger jk3 said...

Yes, but my point is that the above quote is not an interpretation - if they had simply said that Somali leaders threatened a holy war, that would have been an interpretation.

Anyway, that's a minor point. I do agree with you that the BBC is not as impartial as it should be, but compared to any other major media organisation (CNN, Al Jazeera, Jerusalem Post etc) it shines of impartiality.

We do have a difference of opinion though. You think that this unrelenting violence as a means of defending oneself is the solution, whereas I think it is an integral part of the problem. I do sympathise with the Israeli people, and all people for that matter (a government/ruling authority is not necessarily representative of its people's views, Tony Blair does NOT speak for me). I just think that actions such as the ones we are seeing now are making matters worse for everyone, not better.

7:10 PM  

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