Please see this first:
Al Jazeera's portrayal on events at that time, part of a series. pay attention to how they portray the opposing sides
there are so many lies and distortions in this that it would take a whole nother post to tackle them all, so i'll just name a few before i go on to Fallujah
1. as long time cbs reporter Bernard Goldwater says in his bestselling book 'Bias', there is a trick to bias journalism to give authority to whatever it is that you are saying - and that is this - if you look hard and long enough, you will find an 'expert' and/or 'insider' to say whatever you want. think i'm kidding?
2. in responce to thier "anylisis" of zarqawi: HA! this is the real zarqawi in his own words
and his group is, in fact, part of the al quaeda network
3. they say repeatedly that the existence of foriegn fighters is over played (they claim that the US is exployting them to downplay the "resistence"), yet say later that 'houndreds' of forieng fighters were coming into the country. this is the story, al quaeda in iraq is made up mostly of iraqi 'foot soldiers', but thier leadership and suicide bombers who carry out zarqawi's plan (discribed in his writing above) are ALLMOST COMPLETLY FORIEGN (al quaeda) !!!!
4. this is the real deal with abu ghraib (al jazeera is not telling the truth)
and this guy mejia was not there, and in NO WAY speaks for the soldiers. this is who he really is
and he spent a year in jail after deserting and hiding from the authorities for months. listen to the way he speaks about our military, and about the "resistance" -
'Mr. Mejia also drew a parallel between suicide bombers and the American Air Force. "When you drop a 500-pound bomb in a home, the bomb kills a lot of people," Mr. Mejia said. "The difference between that and someone who straps explosives around their body is that that person has less resources."'
5. you notice what they said about the april battle for fallujah, why it was called off, and the images that were used "as effective recruting tools for the 'resistence'" ? see below ....
Press, political pressure helped 'lose' Fallujah, report says
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL
A secret intelligence assessment of the first battle of Fallujah shows that the U.S. military thinks that it lost control over information about what was happening in the town, leading to "political pressure" that ended its April 2004 offensive with control being handed to Sunni insurgents.
"The outcome of a purely military contest in Fallujah was always a foregone conclusion — coalition victory," read the assessment, prepared by analysts at the U.S. Army's National Ground Intelligence Center, or NGIC.
"But Fallujah was not simply a military action, it was a political and informational battle. ... The effects of media coverage, enemy information operations and the fragility of the political environment conspired to force a halt to U.S. military operations," concluded the assessment.
It added that the decision to order an immediate assault on Fallujah, in response to the televised killing of four contractors from the private military firm Blackwater, effectively prevented the Marine Expeditionary Force charged with retaking the town from carrying out "shaping operations," such as clearing civilians from the area, which would have improved their chances of success.
A copy was posted on the Web last week by the organization Wikileaks, which aims to provide a secure way for whistleblowers to "reveal unethical behavior in their governments and corporations," and says it favors government transparency.
Although a spokesman for U.S. Army intelligence declined to comment on the document, United Press International independently confirmed its veracity.
The authors said the press was "crucial to building political pressure to halt military operations," from the Iraqi government and the Coalition Provisional Authority, which resulted in a "unilateral cease-fire" by U.S. forces on April 9, after just five days of combat operations.
During the negotiations that followed, top Bush administration officials demanded a solution that would not require the Marines to retake the town, according to the assessment.
Crucial to the failure, the authors said, was the role of the Arabic satellite news channels Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya.
An Al Jazeera crew was in Fallujah during the first week of April 2004, when the Marines began their assault on the city of 285,000 people.
"They filmed scenes of dead babies from the hospital, presumably killed by coalition air strikes," the assessment said. "Comparisons were made to the Palestinian intifada. Children were shown bespattered with blood; mothers were shown screaming and mourning day after day."
By contrast, the assessment stated that later in 2004, when U.S.-led forces successfully retook Fallujah, they brought with them 91 embedded reporters representing 60 press outlets, including Arabic ones.
"False allegations of non-combatant casualties were made by Arab media in both campaigns, but in the second case embedded Western reporters offered a rebuttal," the authors said.
Copyright 2008 Washington Times