George Bush, the US president, has criticised Arabic television for giving a false impression of the United States – but admitted that Americans needed to do a better job of communicating their ideals.
“You can’t figure out America when you’re looking on some of these TV stations – you just can’t – particularly given the message that they spread,” he said. “Arabic TV does not do our country justice.”
“They … sometimes put out propaganda that just isn’t right, it isn’t fair, and it doesn’t give people the impression of what we’re about.”
“We need intelligence officers who, when somebody says something in Arabic or Farsi or Urdu, know what they’re talking about,” Bush said. [source]
This is most likely a jab at Al Jazeera. I wonder what Arabic TV could possibly be showing that is giving such a false impression of the US? I am almost certain the US is occupying an Arab nation but I cannot verify that right now.
Regardless of what Arabic TV stations are showing these days, I’m thinking the US has some problems of its own when it comes to TV and the impression they give out to the world.
Case in point…
Television evangelist Pat Robertson suggested Thursday that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s stroke was divine retribution for the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, which Robertson opposed.
“He was dividing God’s land, and I would say, ‘Woe unto any prime minister of Israel who takes a similar course to appease the [European Union], the United Nations or the United States of America,'” Robertson told viewers of his long-running television show, “The 700 Club.”
“God says, ‘This land belongs to me, and you’d better leave it alone,'” he said.
Daniel Ayalon, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, compared Robertson’s remarks to the overheated rhetoric of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
the Anti-Defamation League criticized Robertson for warning that God would “bring judgment” against Israel for its withdrawal from Gaza, which it had occupied since the 1967 Mideast war.
He linked Sharon’s health problems to the 1995 assassination of Israeli leader Yitzhak Rabin, who signed the Oslo peace accords that granted limited self-rule to Palestinians.
“It was a terrible thing that happened, but nevertheless, now he’s dead,” Robertson said. [source]
First, I don’t know many people who go around saying “woe unto” in everyday speech, so kudos to Robertson for bringing the old slang back.
Second, I find it strange that God, in being Almighty and Just, would take a land away from one people and give it to another. Isn’t that a sort of a contradiction with the whole God job description?
Third, obviously what is being said here is that Sharon is suffering because he didn’t make Palestinians suffer enough in his lifetime.
The punishment for not making Palestinians suffer?