Sunday, January 28, 2007

Iraq: The Hidden War

News you won't find in the so- called liberal media.

Two boys walk past a pool of blood and scattered books at the entrance floor of a secondary school after a mortar attack in Baghdad, Iraq, on Saturday, January 27, 2007.

Video Link

Iraq: The Hidden Story shows the footage used by TV news broadcasts, and compares it with the devastatingly powerful uncensored footage of the aftermath of the carnage that is becoming a part of the fabric of life in Iraq.

Prod/ Dir: Christian Trumble; Exec Prod: Stephen Phelps; Prod Co: Zenith Entertainment Ltd - 2006

Images of Iraq dominate our TV news bulletins every night but in this film, Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow, questions whether these reports are sugar-coating the bloody reality of war under the US-led occupation

- Warning -

This video contains images that should only be viewed by a mature audience


According to some- the news is not censored, sanitized or co-opted to the powers that be enough... the problem is actually that the "liberal media" reports too much bad news.

There is a term;"Orwellian"- look into it.

Are we really afraid that the American public cannot make proper, moral, well- thought- out decisions if they view and contemplate the unvarnished truth? Are we actually prepared to say that the enemy is truth? Truth then undermines and undercuts the mission of the United States?

I think I will stick with the thing about the truth setting one free...

Free your mind and the rest will follow.

Bonus question; What is truth?
This is not a rhetorical question. I would really like an answer from YOU.

Pilate smirkingly asked that same question of Jesus right before he addressed the mob assembled outside that was calling for Jesus' executuion on the grounds of blasphemy and crimes of sedition against the state. This conversation with Jesus was recorded by John. Some parts overlapped with the account of Luke.

"Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?"

"Is that your own idea," Jesus asked, "or did others talk to you about me?"

"Am I a Jew?" Pilate replied. "It was your people and your chief priests who handed you over to me. What is it you have done?"

Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place."

"You are a king, then!" said Pilate. Jesus answered, "You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me."

"What is truth?" Pilate asked. With this he went out again to the Jews and said, "I find no basis for a charge against him. "" (John 18:33-38)

What a picture of the Saviors grace and love. He is still ministering as He steadily moves toward Roman brutality. As Jesus stands peacefully within his own boundaries, speaking candidly and confidently to Pilate, man to man, He adds shape to Pilate's test and his need. It centers on his commitment to truth. Pilate's answer, "What is truth?", suggests that he is not clear that absolute truth exists. This is unfortunate because he is going back outside to defend Jesus before a mob of liars.

Anyone who has tried to set a truth boundary against bold, determined manipulation knows that the price for doing so can be high and the consequences can be an affront and insult to one's entire being if not their existence.

Here is a paraphrase of what is said the end of the video- a statement with which I concur.

It is not inconvenient to the governments of the forces occupying Iraq that we see so little of the daily carnage in Iraq. My frustration is that if told in full and unsanitized- the reality of life and death in Iraq could radically affect perceptions in the outside world. Among the most important people being denied a full account of what's really going on are those from the countries that are engaged in the occupation of Iraq. The question is whether if they had such a full account they would support what is being done in their name.

Even more frustrating is the realization that the American public is somewhat aware now of the situation in Iraq and the majority is against the present "strategy" and looking for a way out of the bloody and futile occupation- but it doesn't matter. The presiding administration does at it wishes and sees fit. The pretense of representative democracy has met its end.

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