On the Road to Fallujah By William Bowles

6 November 2004

Ship me somewhere east of Suez, where the best is like the worst,
Where there ar’n’t no Ten Commandments an’ a man can raise a thirst.

Mandalay. Rudyard Kipling

In days of ‘yore’ when the Brits had an empire they used to justify their colonial ‘adventures’ with talk of a ‘civilising mission’ with of course, the missionaries bringing up the rear guard armed to their dog-collared teeth with barrels of bibles with which to enlighten the ‘heathen’ or the ‘pagan’, or whatever suitable term justified the enterprise to their alleged Christian values.

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“Fixing Fallujah”: BBC Radio Orwell Reporting for Duty By William Bowles

6 November 2004

Under the headline “Fixing the Problem in Fallujah”, the BBC Radio 4’s Website (7/11/04) tells us:

“Troops say they are ready to reclaim Falluja for its citizens”

That is, what’s left of Fallujah and its citizens after almost continuous pounding by the US since last April. So as far as the BBC is concerned Fallujah is merely a ‘problem’ that has to be fixed, what like a leaky pipe? In contrast the following puts the BBC’s government-inspired propaganda into some kind of context:

“I began to count out loud…as the bombs tumbled to the ground with increasingly monotonous regularity. There were 38 in the first half-hour alone… The perimeter of [Fallujah]…is already largely in ruins. The crumbling remains of houses and shell-pocked walls reminded me of my home town Beirut in the 1980s at the height of Lebanon’s civil war.”
Hala Jaber, a reporter for the Times

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