August 20, 2003

BBC ROUNDS UP USUAL SUSPECT

A bomber attacks the UN in Baghdad, and the BBC blames America:

The BBC's Middle East analyst Roger Hardy says the attackers may have targeted the UN building because they considered the world body to be America's junior partner in the occupation of Iraq.

But most Iraqis do not agree, and seem to want a bigger a role for the UN, he says.

They tend to focus their hostility and resentment on the Americans, he adds.

In an earlier report (canít find the link) the BBCís Susannah Price apparently said that "The UN knew it was a target. It had tried very hard to distance itself from the American operation."

No kidding.

UPDATE. The Price comment -- itís on video -- is here.

Posted by Tim Blair at August 20, 2003 05:05 AM
Comments

I bet they're not trying to "distance themselves" from the AmeriKKKan thugs providing medical assistance to the injured.

Of course, they never do.

Posted by: Bill Herbert at August 20, 2003 at 06:20 AM

Exactly where in that quote does the BBC "blame America" for todays attack?

Roger Hardy is just making a perfectly plausible guess as to why the UN were targetted for such an atrocity, apparently for the first time in Iraq.

Get a grip Tim.

Posted by: Analogue Voter at August 20, 2003 at 06:42 AM

"The BBC's Middle East analyst Roger Hardy says the attackers may have targeted the UN building because they considered the world body to be America's junior partner in the occupation of Iraq."


How does that not blame America? It's saying the UN was bombed because the Iraqis hate the US, and they see the UN as somehow related to it.

Which is BS, the UN did everything in their power to keep Saddam in power...

Posted by: Jeremy at August 20, 2003 at 06:49 AM

I'm surprised they haven't hired Peter Arnett yet. Or did I miss it?

Posted by: Full Auto at August 20, 2003 at 07:22 AM

The Useless Nation can "distance" itself from Amerikkka and all it wants, I just wish it would distance itself from my money.

Posted by: Sandy P. at August 20, 2003 at 08:44 AM

Atrocity, AV?

WTC was considered a "tragedy." Same here.

Posted by: Sandy P. at August 20, 2003 at 08:45 AM

"They tend to focus their hostility and resentment on the Americans, he adds."

Apparently not, since the biggest single attack since the liberation landed squarely, and not by accident, on the UN.

Could it be that someone wants the UN out of Iraq, but not the US (I mean, other than me)? Could their be a third force at work here?

Posted by: R C Dean at August 20, 2003 at 09:47 AM

The UN is the dictators and terrorists' bitch. Guess the bitch needed some slapping. Damn well whoring with those Americans.

Posted by: JoeJr at August 20, 2003 at 10:58 AM

What's next on the bombing target list?
A kindergarten or a puppy farm?
Whoever is deciding where to hit needs to change their medication- the Jordanian embassy, the UN, both these actively assisted the Ba'athists.

Posted by: Habib Bickford at August 20, 2003 at 11:38 AM

"the Jordanian embassy, the UN, both these actively assisted the Ba'athists."

And we all no how upset the Iraqi people are to have lost the enlighten rule of the Baathist thugs. Every night on the news they've dug up some iraqi bitching about no power and saying how good it was under Saddam.

Posted by: LB at August 20, 2003 at 12:58 PM

JoeJr - Gotta keep your pimp hand strong, brother...

Posted by: Roger Bournival at August 20, 2003 at 02:39 PM

JoeJr. & Roger

I can hear hear it now: You been holdin' out on me? Where's my money, bitch?

Posted by: Imam at August 20, 2003 at 05:14 PM

The UN is not being attacked because it is seen as an ally of America. The Iraqi terrorists know perfectly well that the UN was the best ally Saddam ever had.

However, like all terrorists, they attack whoever they think they can get away with attacking. This is why they attacked the UN... not because they blamed them for anything, but because they believed the UN would not fight back, and would blame America for the attacks rather than the terrorists themselves.

It worked, of course. Thus, I expect the UN will be attacked a lot more in the future.

Posted by: Tatterdemalian at August 20, 2003 at 09:43 PM

Saw Alex Downer blubbering away in parliment ,like the big girl that he is, but at least he can rest assured that he's helped bring democracy to Iraq and peace to Israel. Wasn't that the plan?

Posted by: Bill at August 20, 2003 at 10:53 PM

Keep working on your act Bill.

Posted by: JoeJr at August 20, 2003 at 11:40 PM

However, like all terrorists, they attack whoever they think they can get away with attacking. This is why they attacked the UN... not because they blamed them for anything, but because they believed the UN would not fight back, and would blame America for the attacks rather than the terrorists themselves.

Then I expect that the Eiffel Tower will be next. Electrical fire indeed...

Posted by: Tongue Boy at August 21, 2003 at 02:58 AM