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||Media Memo From al-Zawahiri
Alexander [publisher, activist] 2/14/07
Recently, I participated in a three-day national security
forum with some knowledgeable military officers. The briefing focused
on Fourth Generation Warfare in the Second Nuclear Age, and the
formidable threats we face from Jihadi terrorists.
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non-attribution policy of such briefings prohibits me from identifying
any of the presenters, but I can tell you that one of them summed up
the current nuclear WMD threat as paraphrased: If the American
people could see the bone-chilling threats outlined in the [classified]
cable traffic concerning al-Qa'ida and other Islamist terror networks,
there would be little dissension about our military mission.
there is a wide gap between what the mainstream media reports about
Iraq and other theater operations, and the underlying rationale for
those operations, which are classified in order to protect methods and
sources. Though there is an effort under way now to declassify more
real-time intel, it won't close that gap because the major networks and
print outlets are more concerned with political agendas, which most
often mirror those of the far left. Consequently, their "journalism"
contains much more fragrance than substance.
Notably, the most
senior presenter at the aforementioned briefing discussed the topic
"Media as Terrain" -- how our adversaries use the media as a
battleground. He used this declassified quote to make his point: "I say
to you: that we are in a battle, and that more than half of this battle
is taking place in the battlefield of the media." That quote is from an
intercepted and authenticated communiquï¿½ from Osama bin Laden's chief lieutenant, Sheikh Ayman Muhammad
al-Zawahiri to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, before Zarqawi's termination last
The fact is that much of what is reported in the American
media reflects not only the propaganda machines of the Left, but also
that of our Jihadi adversaries. Too often the content from those
machines is indistinguishable.
Two weeks ago, this column took to task a mainstream-media organ (Newsweek) for its cover story on Iraq entitled, "We're losing." There was nothing particularly extraordinary about the Newsweek piece except that it typified the Leftmedia's relentless and traitorous efforts to undermine America's will and national resolve to defeat a dangerous enemy.
Islamist leaders must be thrilled by the support they receive from
American media Leftists -- those sympathizers whom V.I. Lenin once
famously dubbed "Useful Idiots."
This week, among other egregious examples of Leftmedia dissent, was a notable tome that went beyond the normal disparagement of Operation Iraqi Freedom and instead adopted John Kerry's modus operandi: Don't just question the war, attack the credibility of our warriors "stuck in Iraq." The offender is William Arkin, a military analyst for NBC and writer for the Washington Post,
whose bio fails to mention his previous employment and affiliation with
Leftist organizations, including the Institute for Policy Studies,
Greenpeace and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Last week, Arkin posted a column on the Post's website attacking U.S. military personnel. The column exposed the
underlying contempt held by many MSM "journalists" for those who defend
Arkin wrote, in part: "Through every Abu Ghraib and
Haditha, through every rape and murder, the American public has
indulged those in uniform, accepting that the incidents were the
product of bad apples or even of some administration or command order.
So we pay the soldiers a decent wage, take care of their families,
provide them with housing and medical care and vast social support
systems and ship obscene amenities into the war zone for them, and
their attitude is that we should, in addition, roll over and play dead,
defer to the military and the generals and let them fight their war,
and give up our rights and responsibilities to speak up because they
are above society? ...[T]he recent NBC report is just an ugly reminder
of the price we pay for a mercenary -- oops sorry, -- volunteer force
that thinks it is doing the dirty work."
The "indulged rapists
and murderous mercenaries" of whom Arkin writes are the men and women
who serve our nation in uniform, and who do so, almost to a person,
with honor and humility.
As I have noted in this column before, there is no more humble gesture
than to stand in harm's way and offer one's life for the liberty of
others, most of whom take such liberty for granted.
This would be
the same William Arkin who, in 2003, "outed" Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin,
Commanding General of Special Forces at Fort Bragg, for his Christian
world view after Gen. Boykin said of the hunt for Osman Atto in
Mogadishu: "He went on CNN and he laughed at us, and he said, 'They'll
never get me because Allah will protect me. Allah will protect me.'
Well, you know what? I knew that my God was bigger than his. I knew
that my God was a real God and his was an idol."
Arkin accused Gen. Boykin of being "an intolerant extremist ... who believes in Christian 'jihad'."
has rebuffed objections to his latest rant with two subsequent essays
entitled "Demonization and Responsibility" and "The Arrogant and
Intolerant Speak Out." He claims, "The torrents of [complaints]
represent the worst of polarized and hate-filled America. [I am not]
apologizing for being critical of the military. Instead, I'm trying to
make sense of the worldview of those who have responded. For the
critics, I have become the enemy and have been demonized. ... I am part
of the all powerful, self-congratulatory, far-left, Bush-bashing,
fifth-column mainstream. It isn't so much what I say ... it is more
that I sit in my safe little cubicle in front of a keyboard sipping
lattes, giving aid and comfort to the enemy while our boys and girls
die. In other words, I'm comfortable while others suffer."
Well, if the shoe fits...
like most of his arrogant ilk, thinks that he is somehow bullet-proof
to criticism; that even though he now finds himself in a deep hole of
his own design, he needn't stop digging. He is probably right, at least
in regard to his job security.
NBC responded to complaints
about its military analyst with this disingenuous reply: "The comments
in question were made by Mr. Arkin in his Washington Post column. He does not speak on behalf of NBC News."
Of course, everything Arkin says at NBC reflects what he wrote at the Washington Post, which, by the way, invoked "no comment" in response to complaints.
It is notable that neither NBC nor the Washington Post challenges the substance of Arkin's comments, but they cannot feign
surprise. After all, the title of Arkin's latest book, "Codenames:
Deciphering U.S. Military Plans, Programs, and Operations in the 9/11
World," says it all. If I were a betting man, I would take odds that
any terrorist listed in Who's Who among Jihadis has a copy of that
Notably silent during this whole Arkin affair is General
Electric, which owns NBC and collects billions of dollars from
military-procurement and operations contracts.
(Footnote: Arkin closed the reader response blog under his Washington Post column after receiving more than 900 objections. You can still contact him at email@example.com )
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