Jun. 9, 2006

"Commie's in the Classrooms! " cries Horowitz

If any of you spend time at the baloney buffet known as(FrontPage Magazine) you can picture the screaming and hair-pulling triggered by reports like the one below. According to the perennially paranoid of FrontPage Magazine, the left engaged in a massive conspiracy to downplay the Zarqawi threat. Therefore, anyone daring to say he was hyped far beyond anything he could have been capable of militarily will be met with accusations of being nothing less than a terrorist sympathizer. How Horowitz gets away with this kind of hate-speech is beginning to worry me deeply. Such accusations are being made about professors or journalists particularly. The reason is clear. They are the very people we turn to for the facts about what is or did happen. We cannot expect objective truths from any other professions but these. That likely means there must be facts Horowitz and his ilk do not want the public to know about, because we can clearly see the urgency in their effort to turn the public against, not only the news-media, but now against academia and scholarship itself with their very public attack on professors. These attacks have taken the form of accusations of their teaching Marxist or anti-Americanism based only on the fact that they do not show a right-wing bias by teaching students history in a manner more compatible with "Manifest Destiny" and other more noble visions of American history. In Horowitz's classroom, American patriotism and the unquestioned superiority of capitalism are indisputable "givens". The facts surrounding a historical event are of secondary consideration if the truth undermines the veracity of any patriotic themes one might see being used for a float in the July 4th parades. Anyhow, this article came out long before Zarqawi was bombed, showing remarkable prescience and insight. Zarqawi used in US propaganda blitz - World - smh.com.au

Thomas Ricks in Washington April 11, 2006

THE US military is conducting a propaganda campaign to magnify the role of the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, according to internal military documents and officers familiar with the program.

The effort has raised his profile in a way that some military intelligence officials believe may have overstated his importance and helped the Bush Administration tie the war to the organisation responsible for the September 11 terrorist attacks.

The documents say that the US campaign aims to turn Iraqis against Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian, by playing on their perceived dislike of foreigners. US authorities claim some success with the effort, noting that some tribal Iraqi insurgents have attacked Zarqawi loyalists.

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