How Can the BBC be Impartial between Tyranny and Democracy?

(Telegraph-UK) Barbara Amiel - Rather than give listeners in the Arab world information that they could not hear through the government-controlled stations of the region, the BBC Arabic Service simply gives them the same stew with the imprimatur of the free world, and at taxpayers' expense. The BBC Arabic Service has not produced any serious consideration of Saddam's family firm and the political system underpinning it; there has been virtually no discussion of how he keeps control or the role his sons play in the country. To be impartial between the Ba'athist dictatorship of Saddam Hussein, the Wahhabi theocracy of Saudi Arabia, and the Islamist terror of the late, unlamented Taliban, on one hand, and Israel, the single functioning democracy of the Middle East, and the West, on the other, is in the same ballpark as being impartial between any of the totalitarian systems of the 20th century and liberal democracy.

2003-03-27 00:00:00

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