The terrorists in Iraq are now holding Turkish citizens and, you guessed it, are threatening to behead them if Turkey does not pull out of the Coalition. (Thank you, Spain.) And yet again, we hear about it through a tape received and broadcast by Al-Jazeera TV. What is it with this station? Do they have some sort of anonymous drop-box out there that says "Deposit your terrorist films here"? Or is it something more sinister than that?
I say that Al-Jazeera's not just the lucky recipient of all the beheading tapes they can swallow. Their anti-Coalition, anti-American, anti-anything-that's-not-Arabs-victorious attitude had made them into something far different than a "news" organization. They're the propaganda wing of Terrorists-R-Us. They actively seek stories, footage, and relationships with these terror groups and make damn sure they get their say on the air. Frankly, I would not be surprised at all to find out that the cameramen shooting the beheading footage and the (yeah, right) "negotiation" offers are in fact Al-Jazeera employees.
I think Al-Jazeera knows full well not only who those terrorists are, but they know where they are. They know where they're holding these people and they know that they have no intention whatsoever of releasing them. The only difference this time is that the men they've taken this time are most likely Muslims themselves. Not, of course, that this has slowed them down much in the streets of Iraq where they've killed hundreds of their fellow Muslims over the past few days. Al-Jazeera has been the cheerleader for this violence and has made sure to be seen as the outlet for terrorists to spread their hate as far and wide as they can. They're involved, and we should find out exactly how. That's right: I think a raid on Al-Jazeera's offices are in order.
Now before anybody starts screaming "freedom of the press", let's get 2 things very straight here. First, and way, way foremost: even the phrase "freedom of the press" that gets bandied about so eagerly is pulled from the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. That's a document that applies to citizens and organizations of the United States. So feel free to apply the concept to any other countries citizens you'd like. Such application has no basis in the laws of this land and as regards those other countries' citizens, the protections granted by that document... Do. Not. Apply.
Second, as I've already stated, their actions have made it clear that they are no "observant bystander" in this conflict. I've seen it mentioned that there's no way we'd have allowed a Nazi camera crew to set up shop on the cliffs overlooking the beaches at Normandy so they could broadcast everything the Allies were doing there June 6, 1944. The reason is simple: they would have let the enemy know all the movements we made and they would have participated in actions against us. Al-Jazeera does no less. They shouldn't be allowed to do so any more than we would have Nazis 60 years ago. And they should not expect to enjoy the protections granted news organizations in the West.
We need to know where these cowardly, murderous bastards are. Let's go find out from the people who so clearly know.