Tuesday, June 10, 2003

<< I can't help being curious as to how you know exactly what happened since our media is so remiss in reporting this to the public. >>
because I don't rely only on US media to get the news.
BBC NEWS | Programmes | From Our Own CorrespondÉThe coup that brought the Ba'ath Party to power in 1963 was celebrated by the United States.
The CIA had a hand in it. They had funded the Ba'ath Party - of which Saddam Hussein was a young member - when it was in opposition.
US diplomat James Akins served in the Baghdad Embassy at the time.
"I knew all the Ba'ath Party leaders and I liked them," he told me.
"The CIA were definitely involved in that coup. We saw the rise of the Ba'athists as a way of replacing a pro-Soviet government with a pro-American one and you don't get that chance very often.
"Sure, some people were rounded up and shot but these were mostly communists so that didn't bother us".
This happy co-existence lasted right through the 1980s.

<< Aren't you part of the public or do you have some private inside track to information which is not available to the rest of us? >>
the way the elites get away with the things they do is that the overwhelming majority of the American public doesn't make an effort to research and seek out news. Most people assume that the mainstream media will report what are the relevant facts. Most people don't understand that the mainstream media reporters are hired for and keep their jobs by reporting and not reporting things according to what the powerful interests want.

The above is just one example of this. With all the talk about Iraq, it is journalistic malpractice not to report how the Saddam situation started and the role the US played in it.

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