:: Monday, 24 February 2003 ::
Biased BBC. You bet.
Andrew Sullivan has been doing stuff about the BBC but this li'l bit of bias is just perfect:
Shortly before the Gulf War of 1991, hundreds of British nationals were briefly detained as hostages (by Saddam) to deter bombing raids on Baghdad.
They were subsequently released, but the strategy backfired: coercing women and children into staying in a war zone cast Saddam Hussein in the role of the ruthless ruler many of his detractors had long maintained he is.
How is this biased? Because they were not coerced into staying. That suggests maybe they were bribed or just threatened. They were held against their will in Baghdad. Different thing entirely. And Saddam's stragedy (yeah, it is spelled right) did not backfire. It was a freakin' criminal disgrace. Backfire suggests that, had it succeeded, it would have been a legitimate act to undertake.
And Saddam does not have detractors. He has folks the world over, mainly his compatriots, who hate his freakin' guts.
:: WB 2:56 pm [link+] ::