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  • Publish the Al-Jazeera memo and be damned

    by Sunny
    25th November, 2005 at 4:59 pm    

    It must be said that subsequent events have not made life easy for those of us who were so optimistic as to support the war in Iraq. There were those who believed the Government’s rubbish about Saddam’s Weapons of Mass Destruction. Then the WMD made their historic no-show.

    Some of us were so innocent as to suppose that the Pentagon had a well-thought-out plan for the removal of the dictator and the introduction of peace. Then we had the insurgency, in which tens of thousands have died.

    Some of us thought it was about ensuring that chemical weapons could never again be used on Iraqi soil. Then we heard about the white phosphorus deployed by the Pentagon. Some people believed that the American liberation would mean the end of torture in Iraqi jails. Then we had Abu Ghraib.

    Some of us thought it was all about the dissemination of the institutions of a civil society - above all a free press, in which journalists could work without fear of being murdered. Then we heard about the Bush plan to blow up al-Jazeera.

    Some of us feel that we have an abusive relationship with this war. Every time we get our hopes up, we get punched by some piece of bad news. We yearn to be told that we’re wrong, that things are going to get better, that the glass is half full.

    That’s why I would love to think that Dubya was just having one of his little frat-house wisecracks, when he talked of destroying the Qatar-based satellite TV station. Maybe he was only horsing around. Maybe it was a flippant one-liner, of the kind that he delivers before making one of his dramatic exits into the broom-closet…

    Boris Johnson MP is not happy that the Attorney General is stopping the media print the infamous memo.

    Meanwhile, Nosemonkey reckons that the whole episode looks too rosy for Blair and is not convinced. Tim Ireland and others say they’d also be happy to print the memo and risk jail if anyone gets hold of a copy.
    Update: To clarify, I would also be happy to publish the memo here, providing it has something interesting in it. Though I’m more worried about my family beating me for going to jail over that than actually going to jail :|

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    1. Jez — on 25th November, 2005 at 5:06 pm  

      Find it sunny , if anyone can sunny can. Times has a copy, Mirror has a copy and Jon Snow was teasing me the other day with a copy on c4 news.

      C’mon be a Martyr !

    2. Vikrant — on 25th November, 2005 at 5:31 pm  

      Psst… Sunny you r being hunted.

      Agent Vikrant

    3. Mirax — on 25th November, 2005 at 5:55 pm  

      your family beat you Sunny? Explains a lot!

    4. Sunny — on 25th November, 2005 at 6:00 pm  

      I say that (half-heartedly) in jest of course Mirax, but I wouldn’t put it past them :(
      They wouldn’t get political martydom - to them it would just drastically kill any chances of me getting married.

    5. Mirax — on 25th November, 2005 at 6:03 pm  

      Nope, we can’t have you wasting away on the shelf Sunny. Sod martydom!

    6. raz — on 25th November, 2005 at 6:09 pm  

      ” it would just drastically kill any chances of me getting married”

      Don’t worry Sunny, I’ll hook you up with a nice Pakistani girl :)

    7. Steve M — on 25th November, 2005 at 8:38 pm  

      Hmmm, “Blog from the B Block”. I can see it now.

    8. Al-Hack — on 25th November, 2005 at 9:30 pm  

      Being forced to agree with ol’ Boris Johnson! Well that is a new one for me.

    9. Jez — on 25th November, 2005 at 10:07 pm  

      Boris was on “have i got . . ” - now who else thinks he’s just playing dump ? It was funny at first, but he’s increasingly looking like a one trick pony and i’m getting bored !

    10. Tanvir — on 25th November, 2005 at 10:42 pm  

      why cant it just be accidentaly anonynously leaked over the net to everyone

    11. PhatBoy — on 25th November, 2005 at 11:04 pm  

      Does the court injunction affect the rest of the world? i thought it could only stand in the US, if it’s US injunction…


    12. PhatBoy — on 25th November, 2005 at 11:05 pm  

      or did they go to the UN?

    13. Siddharth — on 26th November, 2005 at 1:35 pm  

      Sunny: The text in red italics - is that your copy or a quote lifted from somewhere else?

    14. Col. Mustafa — on 26th November, 2005 at 2:15 pm  

      Boris Johnsonn aint happy about this.
      I aint happy either, do you know why??

      It cos my ASSSS is too big for my fucking trousers.
      Thats right ive turned into a FAT ASS.
      Notice how i shout particular key words out as i actually do in real life.
      Its abit of a problem, people generally get quite freaked.

      BUT, Boris you finally coming to terms with yourself and realising that you were actually wrong all this time and now feel betrayed by all this doesn’t do bugger all for anyone.
      Especially people in iraq.

      We must see the MEMO as everything will be changed THEN.
      SUDDENLY we will shoot back to the past before all these THINGS took place.
      But we dont have a FLUX CAPACITOR DOCCC..


    15. Rohin — on 26th November, 2005 at 2:19 pm  

      Colonel Mustafa. Two questions.

      What are you smoking?

      Can I have some?

      OK three questions. What’s a time juiceee?

    16. Col. Mustafa — on 26th November, 2005 at 2:23 pm  

      hehehehehehe, its the morning after dude.
      Great mood to be in.
      Time juice is something i might have to research on seeing as though i want to use the term.
      At this present moment its a way of going back in time while emersed in a pool of juice which tastes like cherryade for some reason.
      Without the fizziness ofcourse.

    17. Siddharth — on 26th November, 2005 at 2:57 pm  

      Memo schmemo. If this memo was just Bush and Blair ‘confabulating’ and its not true, as Blair & Co are at pains to insist, then why is it called a ‘leak’? And why is the attorney general busting his balls to stem that leak?

      To me this is more indication that the UK-US Special Relationship is in parlous state.

    18. Sunny — on 26th November, 2005 at 3:04 pm  

      Lol at Mustafa.

      Siddartha - that was taken from Boris Johnson’s own weblog…. it seems the pro-war coalition is slowly coming apart, or atleast trying to hang on desperately.

    19. Siddharth — on 26th November, 2005 at 3:09 pm  

      You know thats true bruv.

      And yet, not a sound from the pro-war pundits about this. It must be Thanksgiving for some. :-)

    20. blue mountain — on 26th November, 2005 at 3:38 pm  

      I dont understand PP’s Aljazeera fascination:

      As an Aljazeera regular I can say that they have broken some taboos prevalant in the Arab world(taboos long ceased to be so in democratic countries). But my objections are:

      1. Al jazeera is biased towards Arabs and Sunnis. When rioting broke out in Iran between Arabs and Persian police it lost no time in demonising Ayatollahs and Iranians. It otherwise gives full coverage to nonsensical diatribes of Iranians against the West.

      2. Al jazeera is never self critical. It rarely reports atrocities commited on non-Muslims in Islamic countries. while it spends hours on so-called persecution of Muslims and the conspiracies that the entire world is hatching against Muslims.Al jazeera never mentions atrocities committed by Saddam on Shias and Kurds. It in fact hates Shias and Kurds.

      3. Al jazeera is never free. It is financially dependent on despotic Shieks.

      4. Put “India” on Aljazeera’s website searchbox and you will never see one positive story. Expect one that mention India have decided to give millions to Palestinians.

      I doubt the authencity of this bombing story. Why would the Americans bomb an staunch ally in Qatar? Qatar which give unrestricted access to Americans in all parts of the country ? The largest American military bases are in Qatar in the entire MiddleEast.

      I would not compare Fox news with Al jazeera. Al jazeera is the counterpart of JW and LGF.

    21. Vikrant — on 26th November, 2005 at 6:34 pm  

      Blue Mountain, pinkos will never get out of their tunnel vision.

    22. Rohin — on 26th November, 2005 at 7:06 pm  

      Vikrant, your continued inability to see people as individuals is getting a little tiresome.

    23. Vikrant — on 26th November, 2005 at 7:11 pm  


      I know precisely what each of you will say on some topics without bothering to ask.

    24. Rohin — on 26th November, 2005 at 7:17 pm  

      Really? You know me so well from a smattering of posts on website? My gosh, you must be a genius! I submit to your superior intellect. But you already knew I’d say that, didn’t you? I can guarantee you DON’T know how I think and I wouldn’t presume to say I know what you would say on any given topic, simply because you are right of centre.

      Your hatred of the LEFT WING, which you clearly see as some globally-connected masonic group where we all tell each other what to think, has become a bit comedic. I could rabbit on about ridiculous right whingers, but I don’t as it doesn’t really get anyone anywhere.

    25. raz — on 26th November, 2005 at 7:53 pm  

      Rohin, you must go easy on young Vikrant. At the age of 16, with all those hormones, testosterone and sexual frustration welling up inside him, it is common for the adolescent to try and assert
      his virility by siezing upon the ‘masculine’ values of right wing conservatism. Don’t worry, hopefully exposure to a progressive site such as this will soothe those raging demons which infesy young Vikrant’s soul (maybe some hot Pakistani girls would help as well :) )

    26. Rohin — on 26th November, 2005 at 8:00 pm  

      Raz, I decided I shan’t mention his age again, as otherwise Don would be proven right. He’s a lot more mature than I was at 16, so I shall treat him the same as anyone else.

    27. Siddharth — on 26th November, 2005 at 8:07 pm  

      I know precisely what each of you will say on some topics without bothering to ask.

      Its a wonder why you bother engaging with mortals. What’re you doing here when there’s a planet in some distant galaxy that needs saving?

    28. Sunny — on 26th November, 2005 at 9:03 pm  

      I don’t have any more love for Al-Jazera than I do for Fox News. And by the way, the two are very comparable. I’ve watched Fox and I could handle about 30 minutes before I felt my brain hurting with anguish.

      The point many seem to be missing is we have double standards from our governments. They keep going on about the freedom of the press and freedom of speech being the lynchpin of democracy that they wish to impose on others. Yet when someone challenges their viewpoint with something they cannot control, then they get annoyed and try underhand techniques to silence them.

      The strength of any democracy lies in being able to withstand criticism. If Bush and Blair are truly trying to do something right, then their actions should be able to speak for themselves, and they should be able to handle criticism instead of trying to silence dissenting voices.

      What worries me is when self-proclaimed liberals try a moral-equivalence by saying “well they are bad, why are you defending them” without getting the underlying reasons.

      I would stand up for the right of Fox News to be heard alongside Al-Jazeera. In fact I’ve even stood up for the right of the BNP to be heard, so no one can accuse me of having double standards (Vikrant).

      Oh and I’ve taken off those dodgy posts.

    29. Vikrant — on 27th November, 2005 at 4:00 am  

      (maybe some hot Pakistani girls would help as well :) )

      Man i don wanna end up with a bullet in my brains. (joking)

    30. blue mountain — on 27th November, 2005 at 11:04 am  

      Vikrant stop calling names.

      I agree that you are a smart guy. But Vikrant one must not confine oneself to narrow walls of Rightwing or Leftwing.

      It is possible to be secular rightwinger. All over Northern India Right wing parties(long extinct in South) are becoming a marginal force and instead catse based parties are appearing from nowhere. Why? Because of feudal attitudes and caste atrocities. And they refuse to change.

      Why is Bihar the most backward state in the country ? It’s because BHURA BAL (Bhumihar,Rajput,Bramhan and Lala) never gave respect to lower castes and exploited them in every respect and still continue to do so. And what is the result ? Lower castes combining with Muslims gain power and misrule the state pushing it into an abyss of darkness.

      Putting the blame on Muslims and invaders will never work. You must do some soul searching.

    31. blue mountain — on 27th November, 2005 at 11:12 am  

      Heard about Laloo Yadav’s MY? Using the golden equation of MY he misruled Bihar for 15 years.

      MY= Muslim + Yadav

    32. blue mountain — on 27th November, 2005 at 11:18 am  

      But I must add the situation in Pakistan is worse. All feudal attitudes remain there. The writ of the State does not run beyond select pockets in the country. All hypocrisies of Islam are there.

      They are surviving because of continued American support. The West does not want to see Pakistan disintegrated. The day Pakistan Government opposes Western countries you may be sure that the end is near.

    33. blue mountain — on 27th November, 2005 at 11:31 am  

      You know the irony. Muslims needing protection of police from fellow Muslims to pray inside a mosque !!!!!

      BTW… Cricketer Ramiz Raja and his brother Wasim Raja are Muslim Rajputs.

    34. Sunny — on 27th November, 2005 at 2:01 pm  

      Bluey, you’re like Vikrant. Both of you talk too much rubbish sometimes. I don’t want to get into the Laloo Prasad Yadav debate but you keep twisting around arguments (to bring in Pakistan for e.g.) is funny. Have some coherence in your arguments.

    35. Vikrant — on 27th November, 2005 at 5:12 pm  

      Well i’m not blaming all the India’s ills on Islamic invaders. As for Muslim Rajputs… most Hindu Rajputs dispute their claims. I’ve never been casteist or partisan. Infact i’m atheist but i see myself as a Hindu in cultural sense. I’ve got no love for Hinditva mind you.

    36. Sajn — on 27th November, 2005 at 7:33 pm  

      Too left-wing I daresay…

    37. Jez — on 30th November, 2005 at 9:47 pm  


      Al-jazeera now has a blog :

      Can you [b]please[/b] put that up on the blog roll and also add the “i’ll publish the al jazeera memo” logo to the site, which can be found here: and here:

    38. Sunny — on 30th November, 2005 at 11:26 pm  

      Jez - ermm, on reflection, no.

      I was one of the earle ones to add my name to that list because I believe in freedom of speech and also believe that journalists should be allowed to report without governments or anyone else threatening them with extermination. Saying that, I don’t hold up Al-Jazeera as a bastion of liberal, balanced reporting that deserves my personal endorsement. As I’ve stated before, they are to me the Arab version of CNN (maybe not as jingoistic as Fox but getting there). So I refuse to go and start hugging them even if I support their editorial integrity.

    39. Siddhartha — on 30th November, 2005 at 11:59 pm  

      Whatever you may think about Al-Jazeera, Tony’ Blair’s attempts to use the law to gag the press is fucked up. And since you were one of the first to publish this story following that incident, why are you averse to linking to BlairWatch via the ‘I’ll publish the Memo…’ logo?

    40. Rohin — on 1st December, 2005 at 12:42 am  

      I think Sunny was just referring to the Al Jaz blogrolling.

      Logo/badge-wise…I think it’s nice to keep the layout simple (on here, makes a contrast to my own). The BBC badge is new and I like that cos I was just thinking the other day about how much I like the beeb.

    41. Siddharth — on 1st December, 2005 at 1:23 am  

      dude, I would be willing to fight in a war for Queen, Country and Aunty Beeb. But mostly Aunty Beeb.

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