Tuesday, March 07, 2006

AP Demonstrates Their Definition of Clear Reporting

I ran across this article today by the AP reporting on Cindy Shehaan’s latest stunt. The portion of the article I have a problem with is this one sentence, “The march to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations by about a dozen U.S. and Iraqi anti-war activists followed a news conference at U.N. headquarters, where Iraqi women described daily killings and ambulance bombings as part of the escalating violence that keeps women in their homes.” If you are reporting what a group says of anti-war activists are saying you would think the complaints would be against the US. Thus this sentence seems to be saying that the US is committing daily killings and ambulance bombings wouldn’t it? I searched the web for ambulance bombings and can find no reference to it except in the use of ambulances as suicide bombs. However I did run across this gem on the Codepink web pages of Women Say No to War, “Cindy Sheehan with Iraqi Delegates at the Women Say NO to War press conference. Iraqi women described daily killings and ambulance bombings as part of the escalating violence that keeps women in their homes.” See any similarities? I wonder who is copying whom here?

While checking on this I ran across a statement of goals on the Code Pink web site. This is obviously the work of a committee and one that doesn’t care if their message makes much sense. While mandating the elimination of foreign control (withdrawal of all foreign troops and fighters, commitment to discard plans for any foreign bases in Iraq, etc.) it also calls for an imposed “full representation” of women in the peacemaking (making how?) process and a commitment to women’s full equality in the post-Iraq war. Ok how exactly would the later be done if the former is done? If all foreign nations remove themselves from Iraq then how can you insure the role of women if the Iraqis don’t want it?

Also I am not sure why this goal made it into the list “The nullification of privatization and deregulation laws imposed under occupation, allowing Iraqis to shape the trajectory of the post-war economy;” Are there some socialists are anti-capitalists in the group who are against private ownership?

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