Friday, May 14, 2004

Shame: Editor sacked over 'hoax' photos

Editor sacked over 'hoax' photos

At a news conference in Preston on Friday afternoon, the regiment demonstrated to reporters aspects of uniform and equipment which it said proved the photographs were fake.
The regiment's Brigadier Geoff Sheldon said the vehicle featured in the photographs had been located in a Territorial Army base in Lancashire and had never been in Iraq.

Colonel Black, a former regiment commander of the QLR, said the pictures put lives in danger and acted as a "recruiting poster" for al-Qaeda.

The Sun newspaper had offered a £50,000 reward for "information about the fake Mirror photos" but withdrew the offer following the sacking of [editor] Piers Morgan.

Let Nick Berg's Life Lead Us-Not His Death

Let Nick Berg's Life Lead Us-Not His Death

I was reading these thoughts at the Mahablog today and it got me thinking.....

Nick Berg was a vibrant, curious, enterprising, free-spirited, and loving individual.
What the terrorists did to him was strategically and murderously stupid.

If we step back and look at the big picture, we'll realize that those terrorists killed someone who represented what is best not only about America, but what is best in the world.

This is another golden opportunity for President Bush. It's his political chance to embrace and act in the best interests of his country by engaging those sensible souls in the world community who are just as appalled as we are over Nick's help them see how wrong it is to indiscriminately take innocent life. This might take a lot of humility about our own shortcomings and mistakes, but its value would be priceless and its power unbreakable...

...or President Bush can continue using Nick's death as a cover-up for our nation's blunders and misdirection on the war on terror for re-election gain.

President Bush seems to really be at war with Americans like me...a rational liberal..and I just can't understand it. I would be supportive of any President, regardless of his party, if I could see he was taking my nation (and its democracy of beloved people) in the right direction.

There has to come a time when Americans can see that their President truly believes in the good of his nation more than his political party's power.

Let Nick Berg's horrible death not overshadow his beautiful life. He embodied what is best about America. Our President should be very careful about how he politically chooses to use Nick's exemplary life.

Ref: Resist Using Nick Berg as a Prop by C. Brackney