14 September 2007

Pissing on their Biased BBC Parade

Various right-wing bloggers, in particular Biased BBC, are getting their knickers in a twist over the BBC Newsround's 9/11 site - specifically, the "Why did they do it?" page - which they claim propagates a distinctly anti-American view in saying the following:
"The way America has got involved in conflicts in regions like the Middle East has made some people very angry, including a group called al-Qaeda - who are widely thought to have been behind the attacks.

In the past, al-Qaeda leaders have declared a holy war - called a jihad - against the US. As part of this jihad, al-Qaeda members believe attacking US targets is something they should do.

When the attacks happened in 2001, there were a number of US troops in a country called Saudi Arabia, and the leader of al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, said he wanted them to leave."
Now, at first glance, it seems like the Biased BBC crowd are right - this page could be read as laying the blame squarely at America's door. EXCEPT for one small problem, and the problem happens to be the findings of the non-partisan and distinctly pro-American 9/11 Commission. You can read the report here (pdf) if you have a spare decade.

At page 47 (page 65 of the pdf), under the heading "The Foundation of a New Terrorism", it starts to describe the background of the 1998 fatwa (have a ganders at the fatwa here) which called for the murder of any American:
"Though novel for its open endorsement of indiscriminate killing, Bin Ladin’s 1998 declaration was only the latest in the long series of his public and private calls since 1992 that singled out the United States for attack. In August 1996, Bin Ladin had issued his own self-styled fatwa calling on Muslims to drive American soldiers out of Saudi Arabia.The long, disjointed document condemned the Saudi monarchy for allowing the presence of an army of infidels in a land with the sites most sacred to Islam, and celebrated recent suicide bombings of American military facilities in the Kingdom. ...
"Plans to attack the United States were developed with unwavering singlemindedness throughout the 1990s. Bin Ladin saw himself as called “to follow in the footsteps of the Messenger and to communicate his message to all nations,” and to serve as the rallying point and organizer of a new kind of war to destroy America and bring the world to Islam."
Don't you think the BBC Newsround page in question is a fairly good, albeit understandably over-simplified, summary of the 9/11 Commission's account?

Right-wing bloggers: See the world as we do, or we fisk you to fuck.

2 comments:

Andrew said...

Except that the BBC disagrees with you and has listened to Biased BBC after all...

Gavin Whenman said...

No, they're just not strong enough to stand up to any criticism - they kowtow like a bitch when somebody challenges them.