Update: December 3
The debate is still brewing in the comments section of this post, so I'm going to bring it back up to the top. Open discussion is always a good thing. Keep it up!
I just put up a new post a few minutes ago, scroll down to see it, or just click here.
Update: November 27
Earlier today, I stopped by that same "Don't Bomb Us" blog and saw a rather disturbing comment chain. While I am not completely surprised to see all of this, I am rather disappointed.
I realize the blog authors of "Don't Bomb Us" may take down some of these offensive comments, so I am going to reprint a few of them here.
Anonymous said...What a lovely sentiment.... so eloquent.
You are a bunch of sorry motherfuckers - if only the US had the guts to bomb you fucking terrorist sympathisers back into your caves where you belowg.
Anonymous said...And happy Thanksgiving to you too....
You people should have been bombed out of existence a long time ago.
Anonymous said...Hmm... accusing the al-Jazeera staff of having sex with goats and worshipping Satan. What a gem!
It really is too bad that al jizz didn't get the crap bombed out of its offices around the world, the satellite that helps you broadcast your signal should be blown out of space as well...
THE MOUTHPIECE OF THE ENEMY should be treated like the enemy...
P.S. Allah & mohammad are frowning upon you, especially since you have to pay the INFIDELS for technology...Satan worshipping heathens that you are...I scoff at you...
P.S.S. Your word verification even sounds like the goats you mount...
modifiedcontent said...I assume you'd like to nuke Mecca and Medina, and perhaps blow up the al-Aqsa Mosque while you're at it....
You are hypocrites. You have been celebrating the bombings, beheadings and maimings by your al quaeda friends for years now. Bombing al jazeera is an excellent idea.
Yes, let's talk about freedom of speech shall we. Let's talk about Theo van Gogh. Let's talk about Pim Fortuyn. Let's talk about Ayaan Hirsi Ai.
I want islam (cough, spit) out of my life now. I want islam out of our countries in the western world. Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, animists, atheists, etc. have the right to live in peace without being terrorized by your sick blood cult.
Please bomb al jazeera now!
Anonymous said...Another commenter enjoying the Thanksgiving spirit... must have just come back from a shopping mall to be in a mood like that.
I hope Uncle Sam make up his mind and you all go to Allah and get your 72 old dirty whores.
Anonymous said...Another holiday reveler....
"Telling the truth is hard. Not telling it is even harder."
Well, you should know.
If anyone has experience at not telling the truth, it's Al Jihadzeera, the voice of Islamofascism.
Bomb now! Then send in troops to shoot the corpses to make sure.
The real tragedy is that you haven't had a daisy cutter dropped on your sorry asses already. You people are the official mouthpiece for the enemy, the islamo-fascist. I will just have to continue to have faith and pray ever shabbot and at every minyan that your coordinates are locked into a precise, laser-guided bomb, earmarked for your propaganda cess pool.
On a more serious note, as a Christian living in the United States, I sometimes feel a sense of shame when I read comments like these, much like the sense of shame many of my Muslim friends feel seeing terrorist atrocities or ignorant statements done in the name of Islam.
Comments like this are an excellent case-in-point as to why it is important for alternate viewpoints such as al-Jazeera's to be published, and why al-Jazeera's English-language website, and their upcoming "al-Jazeera International" English-language news channel are important.
By the same token, it is equally as important for viewers in the Arab world to be exposed to the news and opinions we see here (CNN, Fox News, BBC, etc.), in their own native language of Arabic. It is only when people are exposed to multiple viewpoints that they are able to critically analyze them.
Original Post: November 26
Over the past few days, there's been a bit of a controversy in the news about a leaked British memo, a transcript of a discussion between George Bush and Tony Blair, where Blair purportedly talked Bush out of bombing al-Jazeera's headquarters in Doha, Qatar.
Personally, I think this whole issue is a tempest in a teapot. I can't imagine Bush would seriously suggest bombing al-Jazeera, but I can see him making a joke about it. Bush is known for his sense of humor, and this wouldn't be the first time a joke has backfired on him.
In any case, al-Jazeera isn't taking it as a joke. Their managing director flew to London demanding to meet with British officials for an explanation, and a group of al-Jazeera staffers started a blog called Don't Bomb Us.
I've been having an interesting debate in the comments section of one of the posts on that blog, where some folks have been arguing that bombing al-Jazeera would have been a good idea. Click here to see that discussion.