September 28, 2004

Chap. 11: Journalist, Captured: Care, Feeding and Hoodwinking Of

Here's a transcript of an interview by Tim Russert with General Abizaid. Russert pushes the Party Line hard, but the General isn't having it...

MR. RUSSERT:  A Turkish journalist was captured and then released, and I read very carefully some of her comments and I'd like to share them with you, General.

She said that, "People appeared eager to help anyone they thought was part of the resistance."  She said, "I saw that around Mosul," which is up north, "Everybody is the resistance.  They use the small kids to bring them water and no one treated them like children.  They'd be with the men who are talking about cutting heads and the kids would be standing guard like little men.  So you became afraid of the children too."

"Everyone is the resistance."  Can you win a war in which the populace is aiding the insurgency?

GEN. ABIZAID:  You know, Tim, every now and then in Washington, we need to take a deep breath and we need to look at what's happening in the region as opposed to the reports of one or two journalists that happen to think that everybody in Iraq is in the resistance.  If everybody in Iraq was in the resistance, Prime Minister Allawi would not be trying to lead his nation forward to a better future.  If everybody in Iraq happened to be part of the resistance, they wouldn't be volunteering for the armed forces.  We've got over 100,000 people that are trained and equipped now.  That number is going up higher.  There is more people that are coming forward to fight for the future of Iraq than are fighting against it....

Have you ever noticed that, for every terrorist/communist/guerilla/revolutionary/liberation-from-capitalism-people's-front group, no matter how many innocents they slaughter, there is ALWAYS some journalist to discover that the "militants" are austere, self-sacrificing, almost saintly...and glowing with warm vital folk-virtues that contrast sharply with cold unfeeling Western civilization? And they are always supported by the simple folk? (Remember Fire in the Lake? Gag.)

It doesn't matter what group—Lenin, Stalin, Tito, Mao, Che, Palestinians, Shining Path, Khmer Rouge—some damn dimwit journalist ALWAYS tells us how much more noble they are than us capitalist slobs. Now it's Ba'athist thuggizoids in Mosul! "The Re-zis-tance." What crap. Why not go the whole MichaelMoore, and call them "Minutemen?"

I bet there's a Handbook for Revolutionaries, printed in Zurich in 1912, and still being passed from hand to hand. And Chapter 11 is especially tattered, because that's the one titled: Journalist, Captured: Care, Feeding and Hoodwinking Of.

Posted by John Weidner at September 28, 2004 1:42 PM
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