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Action, not talk 29.Aug.2004 17:35

Sam Rigilo

I moved to France, how about you?

heres one...The Hostage Scam 29.Aug.2004 18:11

ali baba

The hostage scam

As long as the "Islamic Army" targeted "coalition" forces in its hostage taking in Iraq --such as American, Japanese, Korean, Philippine and Italian soldiers or journalists -- the crimes were at least consistent with the alleged motive of removing occupation forces.

But the kidnapping of two French journalists (en route to cover the Iraqi uprising which ended the American siege of Najaf), in moving beyond the plausible, threatens to expose the secret US black op to discredit the Iraqi Resistance and retroactively justify the war on Iraq.

In contrast to the earlier kidnappings, which targeted the US or its satellites with troops in Iraq, the taking of French nationals begged the question: why would the Iraqi Resistance target what amounts to an ally --one of the only nations, along with Germany and Russia, that had publicly opposed US aggression on Iraq? And this just days after President Jacques Chirac saluted the "spirit of Resistance" during public ceremonies commemorating the French Resistance of WWII--as an army of ordinary Iraqis saved Najaf's own Resistance fighters.

The stated motive for the latest hostage taking--revealed on a website with the curiously occidental name of "sezame.info" (as in "open sesame!")--was to force France to lift its ban on the veil in public schools. But of course there's another reason why this seemed highly unlikely. Why should the Iraqi Resistance attack journalists--particularly French journalists on their way to cover events in Najaf!
For all these reasons, hostage taking hardly benefits the Iraqis, who also have no motive to destroy international goodwill.

By contrast, all the kidnappings richly serve US interests in the propaganda war. The headline-grabbing hostages discredit the Iraqi resistance as violent terrorists (who must therefore be subdued); they court public opinion, and pressurize governments to keep their troops in Iraq, or in the case of France, to cooperate.
Finally, they intimidate or remove journalists from covering US atrocities, or embarasments, such as the failed US siege of Najaf despite its infinite military advantage.

This last factor, to eliminate non-embedded (unauthorized) journalists has been practically stated US policy throughout the Iraq war, and many have fallen under direct American attack. Among those killed before the recent hostage crises were French television journalist Patrick Bourrat (TF1); Reuters cameraman Mazen Dana, machine-gunned by a US tank while he filmed at Abu Ghraib prison; two cameramen (Taras Protsyuk, Reuters; Jose Cousos, Telecinco) filming from a journalists' hotel in Baghdad shelled by a US tank; Terry Lloyd and two colleagues of ITN in Britain; two Argentine journalists (Mario Podesta and Veronica Cabrera of "America TV"); correspondent Tareq Ayub, killed in the US bombing of Al-Jazeera TV in Baghdad.

If the targeting of journalists by Resistance members had always been unlikely, their taking hostages from among their own allies is extremely implausible. Instead, the new kidnapping reveals the crisis for what it is: a continuation of the same anti-journalist, US policy--but with the advantage of pinning the deed on the Resistance, and so discrediting it, instead of taking the blame.