12 April 2007

Offical Complaint to the BBC

The coverage afforded by the BBC of Tony Blair's claims that roadside bombs in Iraq may have been provided by Iran is a conscious propaganda effort, in particular after the deaths of 4 British soldiers in Basra.
You are willing to give a proven liar unwarranted credibility, while ignoring the facts that contradict his 'views'. This is called bias.
1. Tony Blair has presented no proof, none at all.
2. No Iranians have been caught smuggling arms into Iraq.
3. The chief analyst of a private securty consulting firm presented evidence in Jane's Intelligence Review that Iraqi Shiites have manufactured both the components for "explosively formed penetrators" (EFPs) and the complete EFPs.
4. A US military analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC recently stated: "There's no evidence that these are supplied by Iran. A lot of this is just technology that is leaked into an informal network. What works in one country gets known elsewhere."
5. Reuters reported just yesterday that according to the US military spokesman, Lieutenant-Colonel Scott Bleichwehl, troops "discovered a factory that produced “explosively formed penetrators” (EFPs)" in Diwaniya.
6. According to the Independent, we are now asked to believe that, while before the war Tony Blair claimed that Iraqis were technically advanced enough to produce long-range missiles and to be close to producing a nuclear device, now the Iraqis are too backward to produce an effective roadside bomb and must seek Iranian help.
7.In the same Reuters report "a Western explosives expert in Iraq said it appeared from photographs of the crater that the blast had been caused by a commercial landmine buried in the road, not by an EFP"
8. The Sunni insurgency in Iraq is deeply hostile to Iran.
With all the facts pointing in the opposite direction to Tony Blair's 'views', it does seem, at the very least surprising, that the BBC is willing to continue this charade and provide media cover for this individual's propagandistic lies and affording him overwhelming bias.

E-mailed 08 April 2007
Awaiting reply.

In spite of this complaint the BBC insists on reporting US propaganda:

Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 April 2007, 18:50 GMT 19:50 UK
US says Iran arming Sunni groups
BBC News

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