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Monday, May 19, 2003
Spinning a Sharon statement
Joseph M. Hochstein
Two prominent news organizations drew opposite conclusions about what Prime Minister Ariel Sharon meant by a statement which his office issued Sunday night after an emergency cabinet meeting in Jerusalem.
The New York Times, in a story by James Bennet, reported that "Mr. Sharon issued an implicit repudiation" of the Bush administration's roadmap plan. The Times' front-page headline stated, "Israel Pulls Back From Peace Plan After 4 Attacks."
Agence France-Presse, on the other hand, stated in its headline that "Sharon underscores search for Mideast solution despite bombings." The AFP story, by Jacques Pinto, said an emergency meeting of Sharon's cabinet "concluded with a statement saying he was determined to achieve peace with the Palestinians."
by Editor @ 02:05 PM CST [Link]
Tuesday, May 13, 2003
Pursuit of the Millennium
Tonight, the opening segment of ABC's Nightline featured a comparison of the TOPOFF II WMD "consequence management" exercises that started today in Seattle with the all too real assaults on Western residential compounds tonight in Riyadh, which occurred on the eve of a visit by Secretary of State Colin Powell. The contrast is striking: the exercises in Seattle and elsewhere in the United States focus on largely unrealistic scenarios involving single uses of advanced weapons that terrorists rarely if ever have been able to employ, whereas the Riyadh attacks depended on the tried-and-true methods used earlier in Riyadh, Dhahran, and lately Djerba, Bali, and Mombasa: guns and bombs, often car or truck bombs, and often in multiple and simultaneous instances. (Today's exercise, featuring a simulated radiological device, actually involves far and away the most realistic scenario in the TOPOFF II series, except that it probably wouldn't happen in Seattle.) [more]
by Analyst @ 08:19 AM CST [Link]
Thursday, May 1, 2003
Suicide bomber rewrites the script
Israel Television is reporting tonight [April 30] that one of the hospitalized victims of the beachfront bombing is Jack Baxter, a U.S. film director who came to Israel to do a documentary on the Marwan Barghouti trial but decided instead to make a film about how life goes on at Mike's Place despite the violence that surrounds us here. [more]
by Editor @ 09:25 PM CST [Link]
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