Bulletin N°69
29 March 2003

Grenoble, France

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We have recently received messages criticizing American press coverage of the War in Iraq. (This violence may well go down in history not as a war, but as the heroic resistance to the high-tech massace of a nation.)

Anglo-American newscoverage has been predictably biased. Below please see two items of news that have not appeared in the American press. Well-informed international exchange students on United States campuses are alarmed at the glib manipulation of public opinion in America. But alternative sources of information are increasingly available, such as the
the items below, and such information is contributing to the growing anti-war movement across the continent.

Francis Feeley
Professor of American Studies/
Director of Reseach

A. (1)
from a French anti-war exchange student in America:

Hello Professor, here is the message from an International Student from
Turkey who is studying with us this year in America.
I beleive you could forward these pictures through Ciemsa.

Take care,

A. (2)
from a Turkish anti-war student, forwarded to CEIMSA :

==== Original Message From Donem Tokgoz <tokgozd@wabash.edu> =====


Now we are in a war, we pay close attention to the media for news from Iraq.
However, as usual the media does not show us the other side, the ugly
side, of this war. I am sending you some photos of civilians. I am sure you
enjoy looking at them but it is to gain knowledge and to see things that the
American media does not show.

Sad but true,


from investagative reporter, Robert Fisk, UK :
(March 27, 2003)

Raw, Devastating Realities That Expose The Truth About Basra
by Robert Fisk

Two British soldiers lie dead on a Basra roadway, a small Iraqi girl -
victim of an Anglo American air strike - is brought to hospital with her
intestines spilling out of her stomach, a terribly wounded woman screams
in agony as doctors try to take off her black dress.
An Iraqi general, surrounded by hundreds of his armed troops, stands in
central Basra and announces that Iraq's second city remains firmly in
Iraqi hands. The unedited al-Jazeera videotape - filmed over the past 36
hours and newly arrived in Baghdad - is raw, painful, devastating.
It is also proof that Basra - reportedly "captured' and "secured' by
British troops last week - is indeed under the control of Saddam
Hussein's forces. Despite claims by British officers that some form of
uprising has broken out in Basra, cars and buses continue to move
through the streets while Iraqis queue patiently for gas bottles as they
are unloaded from a government truck.
A remarkable part of the tape shows fireballs blooming over western
Basra and the explosion of incoming - and presumably British - shells.
The short sequence of the dead British soldiers - over which Tony Blair
voiced such horror yesterday - is little different from dozens of
similar clips of dead Iraqi soldiers shown on British television over
the past 12 years, pictures which never drew any condemnation from the
Prime Minister.
The two Britons, still in uniform, are lying on a roadway, arms and legs
apart, one of them apparently hit in the head, the other shot in the
chest and abdomen.
Another sequence from the same tape shows crowds of Basra civilians and
armed men in civilian clothes, kicking the soldiers' British Army Jeep
and dancing on top of the vehicle. Other men can be seen kicking the
overturned Ministry of Defence trailer, which the Jeep was towing when
it was presumably ambushed.
Also to be observed on the unedited tape - which was driven up to
Baghdad on the open road from Basra - is a British pilotless drone
photo-reconnaissance aircraft, its red and blue roundels visible on one
wing, shot down and lying overturned on a roadway. Marked "ARMY' in
capital letters, it carries the code sign ZJ300 on its tail and is
attached to a large cylindrical pod which probably contains the plane's
Far more terrible than the pictures of dead British soldiers, however,
is the tape from Basra's largest hospital that shows victims of the
Anglo-American bombardment being brought to the operating rooms
shrieking in pain.
A middle-aged man is carried into the hospital in pyjamas, soaked head
to foot in blood. A little girl of perhaps four is brought into the
operating room on a trolley, staring at a heap of her own intestines
protruding from the left side of her stomach. A blue-uniformed doctor
pours water over the little girl's guts and then gently applies a
bandage before beginning surgery. A woman in black with what appears to
be a stomach wound cries out as doctors try to strip her for surgery. In
another sequence, a trail of blood leads from the impact of an incoming
- presumably British - shell. Next to the crater is a pair of plastic
The al-Jazeera tapes, most of which have never been seen, are the first
vivid proof that Basra remains totally outside British control. Not only
is one of the city's main roads to Baghdad still open - this is how the
three main tapes reached the Iraqi capital - but General Khaled Hatem is
interviewed in a Basra street, surrounded by hundreds of his uniformed
and armed troops, and telling al-Jazeera's reporter that his men will
"never' surrender to Iraq's enemies. Armed Baath Party militiamen can
also be seen in the streets, where traffic cops are directing lorries
and buses near the city's Sheraton Hotel.
Mohamed al-Abdullah, al-Jazeera's correspondent in Basra, must be the
bravest journalist in Iraq right now. In the sequence of three tapes, he
can be seen conducting interviews with families under fire and calmly
reporting the incoming British artillery bombardment. One tape shows
that the Sheraton Hotel on the banks of Shatt al-Arab river has
sustained shell damage.
On the edge of the river - beside one of the huge statues of Iraq's
1980-88 war martyrs, each pointing an accusing finger across the
waterway towards Iran - Basra residents can be seen filling jerry cans
from the sewage-polluted river.
Five days ago the Iraqi government said 30 civilians had been killed in
Basra and another 63 wounded. Yesterday, it claimed that more than 4,000
civilians had been wounded in Iraq since the war began and more than 350
But Mr Abdullah's tape shows at least seven more bodies brought to the
Basra hospital mortuary over the past 36 hours. One, his head still
pouring blood on to the mortuary floor, was identified as an Arab
correspondent for a Western news agency.
Other harrowing scenes show the partially decapitated body of a little
girl, her red scarf still wound round her neck. Another small girl was
lying on a stretcher with her brain and left ear missing. Another dead
child had its feet blown away. There was no indication whether American
or British ordnance had killed these children. The tapes give no
indication of Iraqi military casualties.
But at a time when the Iraqi authorities will not allow Western
reporters to visit Basra, this is the nearest to independent evidence we
have of continued resistance in the city and the failure of the British
to capture it. For days the Iraqi have been denying optimistic reports
from "embedded' reporters - especially on the BBC - who gave the
impression that Basra was "secured' or otherwise in effect under British
control. This the tape conclusively proves to be untrue.
There is also a sequence showing two men, both black, who are claimed by
Iraqi troops to be US prisoners of war. No questions are asked of the
men, who are dressed in identical black shirts and jackets. Both appear
nervous and gaze at the camera crew and Iraqi troops crowded behind
Of course, it is still possible that some small-scale opposition to the
Iraqi regime broke out in the city over the past few days, as British
officers have claimed. But, seeing the tapes, it is hard to imagine that
it amounted, if it existed at all, to anything more than a brief gun
The unedited reports therefore provide damaging proof that
Anglo-American spokesmen have not been telling the truth about the
battle for Basra. And in the end this is far more devastating to the
invading armies than the sight of two dead British soldiers or - since
Iraqi lives are as sacred as British lives - than the pictures of dead
Iraqi children.


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