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Athena's article is sobering.

The commentary on Al-Jazeera sounds like a commentary on Michael Moore, except we don't know what they cut out.

Posted by steve h at November 19, 2004 11:28 AM

I don't understand exactly what you are saying Al-Jazeerah should do? It is my understanding that American networks have not shown the Margaret Hassan tape either. Are you saying they should have?

Also, to claim that the Margaret Hassan tape is what the insurgents are about is a little confusing to me. It certainly does reflect very disturbingly on whoever did it, but we don't really know who did it, do we?

No one has claimed responsibility. Insurgents, who have not worried about engaging in or taking credit for actions that almost all Americans find reprehensible have not taken credit for this. I believe the insurgent leadership in Fallujah and Muqtada as-Sadr among many many other Islamists all asked that Ms. Hassan be released prior to her murder and condemned her murder.

According to media reports, even Zarqawi's group stated after the kidnappers threatened to turn over Ms. Hassan to them; that if Ms. Hassan was handed to them they would release her.

So, the point is Ms. Hassan's kidnapping and killing is not what the insurgency is about, this can be clearly seen by the fact that the insurgency did not want to be associated with it.
Even if this horrific act was carried out by someone who identified themselves with the insurgency, which is hard in intself to understand since all the leadership were speaking against it, it does not represent what the insurgency is about.

May Allaah (swt) comfort Ms. Hassan's family and guide all of us to contribute to the noble work she did throughout her life.

Posted by Abu Noor al-Irlandee at November 19, 2004 11:44 AM

Well, given that al-Jazeera has shown other beheadings, and has shown the incident with the Marine, it seems there's some inconsistency in their policy.

I don't think I'd like American news shows to air graphic footage of beheadings, of the aftermath of suicide bombings, of the crime scene of Theo Van Gogh, of Daniel Pearl's murder, although that's really a matter of personal preference. In some ways it might be preferable to do so -- I think Americans would be far more united in seeing this war through, and seeing it through quickly, if they saw such things more frequently.

Posted by Bill at November 19, 2004 12:52 PM

Also, see this post, which argues rather cogently that even if Zarqawi's group didn't kill Hassan, it was a group that shared his motivations.

Posted by Bill at November 19, 2004 05:29 PM