Monday, September 11, 2006

Jeremy Bowen

This was Jeremy Bowen reporting from southern Lebanon on August 3 (RealPlayer), pushing his favourite Middle East theme - Israeli war crimes:
Israel says it’s careful to avoid civilians - which it must under international law - and that it’s going after Hezbollah fighters. But the American group Human Rights Watch has produced a damning account of Israel’s campaign.

[Caption “Peter Brouckaert Human Rights Watch”]
Brouckaert: It’s because Israel simply is not making the effort it needs to make under the Geneva Conventions and laws of war to distinguish between civilian and military targets. Simply put, before they pull the trigger in their planes and helicopters they have to make sure they are hitting a military target, a legitimate military target.
(Just for good measure there’s a lingering shot of the ambulance with the missing vent cover, too.)

Now here’s Bowen on Radio 4's Today this morning (streaming RAM):
If you travel round south Lebanon what you see is Hezbollah - because they’re the people of the villages. They’re back, they’re in their villages, they live there, and as far as they’re concerned their power is unbroken.
So now he's saying that Hezbollah are in fact indistinguishable from the civilian population. The 'victims of Israeli war crimes' theme has served its purpose (for the time being) - now we have 'emboldened popular resistance that repelled the Israeli jackboot'.

Bowen continues with this insight:
And this new multinational force who are there have no authority to do stops and searches, they have no authority to go into houses, they have no authority to themselves go after weapons unless the Lebanese tell them to. So actually, that resolution for which Mr Blair and the Americans and so on delayed the actions of the Security Council for such a long time because they wanted to get something very real, is looking frankly a little bit hollow.
Can you believe the chutzpah? He blames Blair and the Americans for not securing a more effective UN resolution. D’you suppose that was made somewhat more difficult by all the anti-Israeli opinion whipped up by the likes of er... Jeremy Bowen? The same Jeremy Bowen who now says that Hezbollah are civilians and civilians are Hezbollah.


(Previously on DFH - Jeremy Bowen Condensed)


Blogger Mark Holland said...

Hooray. Finally, we can see that not all Beeboids are humourless.

2:06 pm  
Anonymous max said...

There's a Russian term that's more appropriate than chutzpah to describe this wanker's manner of "reporting" - Naglost.

2:06 pm  
Anonymous La Boheme said...

LOL Mark Holland! God - aren't the Beeb being soooooo precious.

2:22 pm  
Blogger DFH said...

Mark - rest assured that the perpetrators will be sent for an intensive period of diversity training in the BBC salt mines.

The guy whose leaving do it was is known as Torkington Storky. A name like that conjures up an image of someone with a handlebar moustache fighting the Hun in the skies above the White Cliffs, not some twat going to work for Al-Jazeera.

(Don’t you just love that revolving door between the BBC and Al-Jazeera? Effortless transition, either direction.)

Max - 'Naglost'. Like it.

3:08 pm  
Blogger DFH said...

Re Naglost - I see the author of that article does some very un-PC stand-up. Julia Gorin

3:32 pm  

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