Friday, March 11, 2005


When Ideology Comes Before Reality

"'You don't understand the situation. We are anti-imperialists, anti-capitalists, communists,'
they said. The Iraqis only kidnap American sympathizers, the enemies of the Americans have
nothing to fear."

So said three Italian women, including Guiliana Sgrenia according to veteran journalist Harald Doornbos, who safely went to Baghdad on the same flight and advised them differently.. Read Tom Elia's analysis of this sad story of not realizing the difference between one's political rhetoric and the reality of the world in his excellent piece "Journalist as Rube."

Sometimes the world we would like isn't like that at all.

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