Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Report: Bush Wanted to Bomb al-Jazeera

The Daily Mirror is reporting that on April 16,2004 Bush discussed the bombing of al-Jazeera's Qatar headquarters, according to a leaked Downing Street memo. Blair talked Bush out of the idea. One official said Bush wasn't serious however other sources said he was.......
A source told the Mirror: "The memo is explosive and hugely damaging to Bush.

"He made clear he wanted to bomb al-Jazeera in Qatar and elsewhere. Blair replied that would cause a big problem.

"There's no doubt what Bush wanted to do -- and no doubt Blair didn't want him to do it."

Another source said: "Bush was deadly serious, as was Blair. That much is absolutely clear from the language used by both men."

If this is true (it is the Mirror after all) but if true, my first question.......Is Bush mad?
And what other hair brained ideas has he discussed with world leaders?

My other question is was the April 2003 airstrike against a building housing Arab media in Iraq which resulted in the death of Tariq Ayoub of al-Jazeera, deliberate? Al-Jazeera certainly thought it was but the Pentagon "adamantly maintain(ed) U.S. military forces "absolutely did not" target Al-Jazeera."
You have to wonder now.

And a final question...... was Eason Jordon actually wrong when he apologized for his remarks on the US targeting journalists saying they were "not as clear as they should have been"?
Perhaps his original claim was all too clear and accurate.

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