In the UK, retired judge Sir William Gage made public his inquiry into the death of Iraqi hotel manager Baha Moussa, allegedly tortured by British soldiers in 2003 in Iraq's main southern city of Basra. During an interrogation by British soldiers belonging to 1st Battalion, the Queen's Lancashire Regiment, an interrogation that would have lasted 36 hours, Moussa would have suffered 93 injuries, including broken ribs and a broken nose.
Naturally, a conclusion like that is gefundenes Fressen for DS as well as for the entire Belgian media landscape, which is as politically diverse as ink jet black has shades of green and red. Not a hint of WHY exactly it was that 1st Battalion, QLR saw fit to detain Mousa and several companions, but that must have been grossly unimportant.
The caption in this Thursday, September 8, 2011 DS article reads 'British government criticised for torture in Iraq'.
Now, don't get me wrong. I'm all for an institution like the British Army to keep a spotless record with regards to upholding human rights, ridding itself of war criminals and so on. If Mr Moussa was indeed tortured for no good reason and if he died as a result, the service members responsible for his death should face justice.
But that's not the point.
The point is that a leftist rag like De Standaard, which because of some cosmic anomaly keeps presenting itself as 'objective' will just NEVER fail to inform its readers of alleged misconduct by western forces in the conflict du jour.
when it's about this kind of stories, De Standaard readers are left curiously in the cold.
The pain and grief of, say, the parents of Simon Miller?
NOT IMPORTANT for De Standaard! Doesn't even register on their radar! The result is that we are all well informed about Mr Mousa, but not at all about Simon Alexander Hamilton-Jewell, Russel Aston, Paul Graham Long, Simon Miller, John McGowan Hyde and Thomas Richard Keys.
DE STANDAARD CONSIDERS THEM NOT IMPORTANT.
Or, would it not be better to say 'De Standaard considers them nonexistant'? I think it would be.
I remember the sad deaths of these six men. I remember how appalled I was, seven years ago, to read about how these men, who were training local police forces and doing a job for the good in an islamic hellhole, were butchered by muslim animals.
I haven't forgotten. De Standaard, on the other hand, has chosen never to know them.
Until we get rid of this sickening pathological tendency to see the worst in the best of us, and the best in the worst of our enemies, our continent and indeed, western civilization, will continue its demise.
My friend and fellow conservative Traveller, an accomplished engineer who has been active in a plethora of countries, sent me the following interesting videos on the daring Osirak raid by Israeli fighter bombers, in June 1981.
In the mid-seventies, Iraq, by then for some years already under firm control of Saddam Hussein and his Baath party, purchased a 40MW light water nuclear reactor from France. The controversy surrounding the feasibility of making sufficient plutonium for a nuclear weapon using this reactor, in a sufficiently short time, continues to this day. The regime claimed the reactor was for peaceful purposes only, but given the track record of Saddam's Iraq, such a claim was doubtful at best. The regime was perhaps even lured into thinking, by the French engineers, that the Osirak reactor was indeed capable of producing plutonium for a ncuclear weapon.
In any case, since the founding of the Jewish state Iraq had shown itself to be viciously hostile, on several occasions launching its armies against Israel. This had happened as early as 1948. To trust such a state to make inroads in nuclear technology without taking precautions against a nuclear strike would have been foolish. When intense diplomatic efforts to make France and Italy stop its assistance in building the reactor failed, the israeli government decided to bomb the site to rubble.
This was the daring Osirak raid, dubbed 'Operation Opera'. On June 7, 1981, six F-15A's and eight F-16A's took off from Eitzion AFB, crossed Jordanian and Saudi airspace, and destroyed the Osirak reactor. One of the F-16 pilots was Ilan Ramon, who would become Israels first astronaut and who would be tragically killed in the 2003 Columbia disaster.