September 8, 2011 – You probably haven’t noticed that Al-Jazeera, once the pride of Arab news networks, is losing its star journalists. You haven’t noticed because no one is watching Al-Jazeera these days. Ghassan Ben Jeddo has left and is now established in Beirut and Damascus. He is going to inaugurate a new network called Al-Mayadeen. He has lined up Sami Kuleib, the superb interviewer and researcher of Al-Jazeera, who left that organization for the same reasons. I have also heard that Faisal Qassem who hosted the wildly popular “Without Limits” talk-show, which displayed interviewees at their most pugnacious, has also left. An anchorwoman has also announced her resignation. I will mention her name when I get it. The reasons for the defections are the rank philosophies of the management which favoured news about unrest in Libya, Syria and Egypt while ignoring the same problems in Bahrain. Ben Jeddo spoke plainly about this problem when asked about his reasons for resigning. It appears that the Saudi-Wahhabist knuckleheads in Riyadh and Prince Drum son of Doubledrum Husband of Madame Banana of Gutter (a/k/a Qatar) felt that protecting Bahrain’s louse-infested “royal” family was more important than journalistic principle. What did anyone expect of people who wear,during waking hours, the same nightshirts in which they sleep?
I hate to say this, but even BBC, ABC, CNN, Reuters, Assoicated Press, are falling into a similar kind of rut. Reportage about Syria is curiously tendentious, always favouring the so-called “activists”, “pro-democracy demonstrators”, “rebels”, “freedom-fighters”, and so on. Rarely have we heard a truly fair narration of the actual nature of the unrest. It is so rare to read an article that mentions “armed gangs” and demonstrators who use deadly weapons. Syrian soldiers are being killed by these “activists”. They are not being killed by hurled apples or eggs. However, the New York Times still takes the lead in matters of outright lying about events in Syria. I am so happy to be rid of that subscription. When I read Anthony Shadid’s or Nada Bakri’s made-up stories in the NYT, I am delighted to say that I did not pay for the rag that carried them.
Homs is being cleaned up as we speak. This business about tanks is somewhat misleading. Just because tanks appear at the site of unrest does not mean that artillery is going to be used. The Syrian Army has used tanks to protect infantry from live bullets being fired by the criminal salafists. It makes total sense to have a
mobile wall of protection capable of fending off the fusillades of high-tech weaponry being deployed by the gangsters and morally repugnant thugs who are hiding in Syria’s big cities. Homs, by the way, is the ancient city of Emessa where the great Roman Empress, Julia Domna, was born. It is a shame that her memory is being sullied by the sub-human filth which calls itself “the resistance”. I predict that Homs will be back to normal by Friday, in time for another boring demonstration by the ever-dwindling throngs of even more boring slacker-denizens of that city. Ziad Abu Fadel.