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Friday, March 11, 2005  
The reality behind 'Easongate'--Journalists under fire
An Analysis of Journalists' Safety in Iraq

 
By David Schlesinger
International Herald Tribune
March 9, 2005
 
LONDON With Eason Jordan's resignation from CNN, newly powerful bloggers reveled in their unseating of another mainstream-media powerhouse. The term "Easongate" briefly entered the English language. And world attention was distracted from the serious issue of journalists' safety.
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I wasn't at the panel discussion in Davos, Switzerland, in January where Jordan, a veteran news executive, reportedly suggested that journalists in Iraq were targeted by the U.S. military. I don't know what he said; I personally do not believe that journalists have been targeted.
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But I do know that Eason Jordan cared deeply about his journalists and the cause of journalist safety. I do know that journalists are not safe in Iraq, for a host of reasons. The wounding of the Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena and the death of an Italian intelligence agent on Friday at an American checkpoint, in the same hour she was released from a monthlong kidnapping ordeal, is a heartbreaking reminder of that. I know that too many journalists have been killed and kidnapped in Iraq, and I know that to keep the vital flow of news out of that country going, we need to do everything in our power to make the situation safer.

To read the full text, see International Herald Tribune

10:13 AM

Thursday, March 10, 2005  
Remembering all those arguments made 1,500 deaths ago

By Joseph L. Galloway
Knight Ridder Newspapers
March 9, 2005

Blog editor's note: Joseph L. Galloway is the senior military correspondent for Knight Ridder Newspapers and co-author of the national best-seller "We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young."

WASHINGTON - Something about anniversaries prods us to pause and reflect on what's transpired in the intervening time. March 20 is the second anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, and it's a good time to consider what's happened since then.

Do you recall our civilian leadership's rationale for a pre-emptive war against Saddam Hussein? President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney and, yes, former Secretary of State Colin Powell told the world that the United States had no choice but to invade Iraq. They said Saddam was hiding chemical and biological weapons, and that his scientists would be able to produce a nuclear weapon in a few years.

Do you remember those who predicted that the operation would be financed in large part by sales of Iraqi oil? It would be cheap, easy and, oh yes, so swift that civilian leaders in the Pentagon ordered the military to plan to begin withdrawing from Iraq no later than the summer of 2003.

There was no need for much post-war planning because there wasn't going to be any post-war. America would come, conquer and get out. If Iraq was broken, its new government headed by the neo-conservatives' favorite exile, Ahmad Chalabi, could fix it. There would be no need for American nation-building, just some modest humanitarian aid.

To read the full text, see Knight Ridder Washington Bureau

4:25 PM

Monday, March 07, 2005  
War Correspondent Who Believes War is a 'Disease'

Blog editor's note: Students in my War, Peace and Mass Media course who are reading WAR IS A FORCE THAT GIVES US MEANING, and others as well, may be interested in this January 2003 interview by Bob Abernethy with Chris Hedges, author and war correspondent for the New York Times. The interview was part of WNET's series on religion and ethics on PBS.

To read the full text of the interview see, see PBS.org

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