Unconventional thinking about the Middle East.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Something is Missing

I'm sure bloggers from all around have picked up on this, but I just wanted to voice my concern: I find it very disturbing that the New York Times chose not to run any 911-related stories on its front-page today, of all days, this being the seventh anniversary of the horrible terrorist attacks.

I wonder if this is just the case with the 'Washington Edition' of the NYT that I picked up this morning (...and why would they do this to the city that suffered the Pentagon attack?), but I have a feeling that the front-page of the paper would be the same for all its editions.

For a newspaper that is published from that wounded city to relegate the memory of this event to its backpages, especially on a light news day (...the main image is that of the flooding in Haiti), is something beyond shameless. It is almost malicious.

I'm sure there was an editorial discussion about this, and I challenge the NYT to release minutes of that meeting in which they decided to skip over 911. I want to read what rationale those editors stood behind when going forward with this crass move.

I'm not an American, and I'm very offended. I wonder how the families that were hurt on that day will react to this omission; what shudders will go through their souls as they throw a passing glance at this soulless front-page, perched as it may be on newstands or lying across subway seats, as they hurry off to memorial services.

What interest does the NYT have in gradually eroding the sharpened American resolve that was brought about by 911? Is this a suble pro-Obama elections thing?

Did those editors not see the polls that say that large pluralities in Western Europe (WESTERN BLOODY EUROPE!) don't believe that Al-Qaeda was behind the attacks, even though Al-Qaeda has repeatedly said, and demonstrated, that they did in deed pull off the attacks? Europe's disbelief has a lot to do with a low opinion of America bred out of envy and resentment, and in some ways many Europeans would like to think that America purposely did this to itself.

And then America's leading newspaper comes along today and doesn't even address the ignorance, or rather the malevolence, of how those Europeans choose to remember 911. But hey, hundreds of thousands cheering Obama in Berlin makes for great front-page spreads, and polls suggesting that Western European audiences are solidly behind Obama are interpreted as good advice from across the pond.

Can someone tell me what's wrong with this picture?


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Cut them some slack. There's only so much room on the front page of a paper and when you need to run three stories detailing every single excruciating detail of a seventeen year old girl's life, you simply do not have room for aged nonsense like 9/11.

5:32 AM, September 12, 2008

Blogger David M said...

The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the - Web Reconnaissance for 09/12/2008 A short recon of what’s out there that might draw your attention, updated throughout the day...so check back often.

8:29 AM, September 12, 2008

Blogger Nibras Kazimi نبراس الكاظمي said...

Dear Kafir,

A dear friend of mine clued me in on this whole anti-Sarah feeding frenzy that the media is engaged in, and naturally, as a foreigner to the ways of America, I was surprised to hear that almost all reporters suffer from an irrational fear of Eskimos.

Sarah Palin's husband, Todd, is part Eskimo, and this explains the media's hostility to this couple.

It seems that, early on, whoever laid the foundation for what passes as an education in journalism was an anti-Eskimoist, and he or she (or they! This could be a much larger conspiracy that we might think...) worked-in a nefarious Pavlovian regimen of Eskimo-hating narratives into the curricula of j-schools.

The result is that almost every single reporter who's carrying a journalism degree is also carrying the anti-Eskimo mental germ deep within the recesses of their brains. It's buried deep inside, this hatred/fear of igloos (...that explains the shrill "Is Sarah Palin Going to Turn the White House into the Igloo House!" headlines that we've been seeing) and moose (...Obama keeps bringing that one up).

If you remember, that show "Northern Exposure" was about many things. But the media chose to interpret it as a post-modernist expose of how young Jewish doctors were oppressed and exploited by their Eskimo secretaries.

And who can forget the moment when the newspaper critics turned against the hit sitcom "Malcolm in the Middle", which coincided precisely when the writers of that show bravely decided to confront the anti-Eskimo wave that swept America a few years ago and have "Francis", a nice, military academy educated suburban white boy marry an Eskimo girl. It was the bravest thing since "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner", but the media, in their instictual anti-Eskimo rage, thrashed aboout and made sure that the show would be cancelled before any more Americans would start seeing Eskimos as regular people, just like you and me.

I think we should all make history by putting a part Eskimo second gentleman in the White House. I think America is finally ready to come to grips with its shameful anti-Eskimo past.

Free at last! Free at last!

(...I wonder how you'd say that in Innuit)



9:32 AM, September 12, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarah palin is 'gun-ho' on foriegn policy: she likes guns and she is a ho


Obama will frog march you, Bush and all the other fucking warmongering neocons into Gitmo on the first day of his presidency. Start packing shithead.

Vote Obama-Biden '08 to Save America!

11:12 AM, September 12, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...


As interesting as this post is, and notwithstanding the hearty chuckle your above response just gave me, I should say that there is something missing here at the TG as well... at the risk of sounding like an ungrateful snot, where, may I ask, is the cogent analysis of the situation in Kirkuk and the future of the Sahwa movement? Or would that be telling?

As the salacious, roving eye of the American media refocuses on Afghanistan (they have a higher body count now, don't you know?) -- not to mention the mounting 24/7 coverage of election-fever navel-gazing -- Iraq is out. But those of us who are still in-for-a-penny-in-for-a-pound on this thing, we still have a burning need to know. I want to believe that from here on out it's just politics... but we don't yet have a date for provincial elections, let alone national elections... and you know that our Qods friends are going to give it at least one last college try.

What is the situation, there, behind the curtain? What are your predictions? When can I release the breath I've been holding since some time in 2004?

Or, perhaps, as Obamerica suggests, we should save this chat until we see each other at Gitmo?

11:47 AM, September 12, 2008

Blogger bg said...


sorry to say that's not all TG..

ABC News: 'Why Wasn't Michelle
Obama at the 9/11 Ceremony?'

FICTION: Where was Michelle?

[The Obama campaign responds that Michelle was back in Chicago with her daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, since this is the first week of school.]



[If the candidate's wife felt it was important to be with her children this week, and that's why she was unable to pay her respects at the 9/11 ceremony, why did she spend yesterday campaigning in two states?]

correction, i believe she gave the speeches on Wednesday the 10th.. not that it makes a potential First Ladies absence any less disgraceful, nor the reason for her not attending the 9/11 ceremonies any less of a lie..

A tale of two roses via MM

[Barack Obama flings a memorial rose at Ground Zero like he’s a kid tossing pennies into a fountain at the shopping mall — or a spectator tossing flowers at a bullfight.

He doesn’t know what he’s doing.

(Clueless NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg copies him.)

By contrast, John McCain and his wife kneel and gently, somberly, place their roses down at the foot of the 9/11 tribute.]


2:29 PM, September 12, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

For how many years do you expect the New York Times to continue putting a 9/11-related story on the front page? For the rest of eternity? A huge picture was on the front page today. It was reporting on the events from the previous day. I see nothing wrong with this. Sorry to disappoint you, but the New York Times doesn't hate America as much as you seem to think.

3:00 PM, September 12, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This poll says it all: 70 percent of Americans know that the media is on Obama's side.


4:00 PM, September 12, 2008

Blogger bg said...


crude analysis @ 3:00 PM

how long?? EVERY YEAR that's how long..


obvioulsy the NYT doesn't agree..

oh btw, the NYT had no problem publishing Ayers on 9/11/01

ironic that huh.. at any rate, more & more people agree the NYT et al are outright "selecting" Obama to be the next president..

Pro-Obama-lematic Media Coverage


[Given that just a few weeks ago, a Rasmussen poll reported there’s a “Belief Growing That Reporters are Trying to Help Obama Win,” this would seem to be an important distinction. Forty-nine percent of voters felt the press was pro-Obama. Only 14 percent felt that the press was pro-McCain, a candidate so used to favorable coverage he jokingly referred to the media as “my base.” Even Democratic respondents to the poll thought the press was favoring Obama over McCain in greater numbers.

When almost half the electorate thinks the media is in the tank for one candidate, any story that doesn’t evaluate that candidate critically probably qualifies as “too much” in the literal and figurative sense of the phrase.]

go figure..


4:00 PM, September 12, 2008

Blogger bg said...


thank you Anon @ 4:00 PM

(i was looking for that but couldn't find it)


4:03 PM, September 12, 2008

Blogger Nibras Kazimi نبراس الكاظمي said...

Hi amagi,

I'm going to have to dissapoint you, again.

I will only write about what I deem to be of importance, and this background noise over the Awakenings and Kirkuk/Khaneqin is just not important. I'm very sourced-up on the whole stretch of dirt from Kirkuk to Khaneqin (...remember, half of me is from there) and it's all minutiae politics. The western press is seizing upon this story because 1) It fills up copy (...there are many demagogues to quote) and 2) It detracts from the impression that things are going remarkably well in Iraq.

The 'experts' and 'analysts' are peddling the same BS they've always been peddling. Throwing out place names like "Kifri" and "Kalar" makes them sound knowledgable about Iraq, and we all what lies behind that compulsion.

In recent months, I've also managed to develop excellent sources on the Awakenings/SOI, but honestly, the only story worth mentioning there is how quickly these entities are falling apart. There pose absolutely no threat apart from that of negative headlines. They have no fight left in them. It's like watching a union strike unravelling as faction after faction turns "scabby".

Should either of these issues explode into violence, then please do come back and berate me. Otherwise, I'm kinda enjoying the break as Iraq turns boring...Oh, ever so boring.

I'm actually pro-delaying the Provincical Elections...I think the results would frighten the Islamists (...e.g. Sistani's call for registration fell on deaf ears), and the narrower the gap between these elections and the parliamentary ones, the less time that the incumbents will have to re-organize and come up with a winning strategy. Iraq is about to enter the politically unknown, and that's a good thing. Everything is being re-invented; every political bond is breaking and reforming. A New Iraq requires a new set of politics, and that is what is happening. It may be confusing, but I'm certain that I, for one, will like the end result.

Plus, we have a year or two before other places in the Middle East catch fire, so it will be a boring time all around.



8:11 AM, September 13, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey even a cry-baby like nagl is changing his tune, saying that america is winning in iraq:-


9:13 AM, September 13, 2008

Blogger bg said...


hey TG, what say you.. :-)

ht Valerie via ITM

Strip of Iraq 'on the Verge of Exploding'


9:43 AM, September 13, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The celebrities and the media are actually hurting Obama. Obama is down in the polls but McCain still looks like the underdog which is where he wants to be right up to the last week before the election.
Now it just seems as if the elitists are putting down regular Americans like John and Sarah, while fawning over an exotic black man with an exotic name, Barack.
The celebrities and the media also seem disgruntled and mean. The more they attack Bush the better it is for McCain because then Obama would look spiteful. Spite is not American value.
With the celebrities and the media speaking on his behalf, Obama won't be able to control his message. His style has been about self-control and it is out of his hands at this point. People out there will think that that obese fool Michael Moore is his running mate. Barbara Streisand will seem like the official spokeswoman of the Obama campaign. The shit has hit the fan(s)!

11:54 AM, September 13, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...


You do not disappoint. Indeed, far from it. You must put yourself in my shoes - I have no inside sources and cannot speak or read arabic, thus I am left to rely on western media outlets and bloggers to report as they see fit, and on my own cognitive ability to read between the lines for the truth.

It is that dubious mental capacity that tempers my pleasure at hearing the Sahwa has 'gone scabby.' There are indications (false?) that despite the loss of their claws, the GoI still intends to deal with them harshly (score-settling? Justice-seeking? Spite? Habit?) and if this comes to pass, I have a hard time seeing that a body of armed individuals, freshly disenfranchised, will simply roll over. I have a sneaking suspicion though that you will read this and think I have missed the point. Maybe I have... but I'm simply doing the best I can with the information I've got. In any event, I have found you to be the most credible source of information, and if you say, even amidst the persistent background rumble of IEDs, that I can take heart, I trust you.

Your point on election scheduling is extremely well taken, although I was under the (clearly mistaken) impression that there would be a nominal, consistent amount of time between the provincial and national elections, regardless of when the provincial elections were ultimately held. I suppose that as long as those presently in power aren't going wobbly on the very idea of holding elections (as some sources have suggested), I shouldn't be concerned.

I will say, though, if for some reason all these 'fragile,' 'reversible' changes suddenly become broken and reversed, the last thing I would do is berate you. Rather I suspect that we would both express the same fears for the future, in the Middle East and the rest of the world. As I said before Nibras, in for a penny, in for a pound.

12:34 PM, September 13, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with anonymous. The media has gone rabid in their rage against Sarah Palin. Now an anonymous source claims that Palin had set foot in Iraq to the Boston Globe and the media is out calling her a liar. She never said it. No one from her campaign came out on the record and said it. All we have is the word of the Boston Globe reporter claiming that an anonymous Palin aide said so. This is getting crazy. I think these die-hard Obama reporters will be the first batch to be fired after Obama loses. The media is downsizing.

4:55 PM, September 13, 2008

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