Friday, October 01, 2004

Damned if you do, damned if you don't

I was reading an article yesterday on the bombings in Bagdad which killed and maimed innocent bystanders -- amongst them many children.

The article was published on Dagens Nyheter's website, which is one of the major newspapers in Sweden. In connection with the article, there was a photograph of an Iraqi woman who, according to Dagens Nyheter, was "screaming out in anger at the United States".
Now, you might be misled to think that it was in fact US bombs that had done the damage. But it wasn't. This bloodshed was caused by homicidal and fanatical islamist terrorists.
(the photograph was later removed from the site. Coincidence?)

I find this sort of biased reporting typical of the Swedish media: whatever happens, the US or Israel is to blame. It's damned if you do, damned if you don't.

In this case, it was perfectly clear who the perpetrator was. The woman could of course be screaming out her anger at the US. But to put this picture in a context where the US is not in any way to blame for the loss of innocent human life is plain irresponsible, misleading and simply in bad taste. Very bad taste.

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