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Demonizing al-Sadr

Reported by Nancy - August 12, 2004 -

Continuing a theme heard ealier in the day (Aug 11) on FNL, on Studio B Shep Smith reprised the demonization of Muqtada al-Sadr.

At 3:24pm (EDT) Smith interviewed Steve Greer (former Special Forces Major) about the ongoing fighting in Najaf. In addition to repeating the "radical Shiite cleric" description, Smith wondered whether "the coalition has had enough", likened al-Sadr to an "angry wounded dog in a corner" & alleged that al-Sadr has "murdered many". Greer spouted the usual military line, & capped it off with an exhortation to "finish the job this time".

Comment 1: Smith & others who use the word "radical" so freely should perhaps check the actual definition. The American Heritage Dictionary offers: (adj) 3. Favoring or effecting fundamental or revolutionary changes in current practices, conditions, or institutions. & (n) 1. One who advocates fundamental or revolutionary changes in current practices, conditions, or institutions. I'd love to know how al-Sadr fits this description -- except as an opponent of current US policies & practices in Iraq, in which case I guess we'd have to describe roughly 90% of the world as "radical".

Comment 2: Greer saying that we should "finish the job this time" sounds to me like an echo of all the neo-cons who were so ticked off at GHWBush for not "getting" SHussein back in 1991.