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Pulitzer Turning in his Grave...

By: Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

In 1876, Joseph Pulitzer opened up the editorial pages of his newspaper "The World" to support the fund raising efforts for America's Lady Liberty - a symbol of America's independence. Undoubtedly Pulitzer is turning in his grave when your paper is propagating misinformation and hatred in beat to war drums; not once, but for the second time in one administration.

Pulitzer, who put his name, paper and reputation to erect the symbol which came to represent democracy, freedom, and international friendship, today bears witness from the darkness of his grave to the power of the pen being used to wage wars; not because there is a threat, but because might wishes to muster right. Ablaze with lies, the papers are at once the stenographers and amplifiers of the bullies.

Lady Liberty still bears the stain from the false reports fed us before the Iraq invasion; the WMDs that never were. Ahmadinejad's unsavory rhetoric and inexcusable tirades, while playing into the hands of the neo-cons, has not caused tens of thousands of deaths; this administration with its lies, has. And they plan on another ugly war, with which the mainstream media is helping handsomely.

In taking advantage of our short memories, the same papers, even those that have been awarded the prestigious "Pulitzer" prize, are filling their editorial pages about Iran's bomb making program, repeating the Iraq pattern. These writers know well that Iran has not embarked on any activity other than a civilian nuclear program within the legal boundaries of the Non-Proliferation Treaty and that there is not even a shred of evidence for military and nuclear weapon development, a fact confirmed by the IAEA. Nonetheless, they march on with war drums in tune with the war mongers.

These same papers remain excruciatingly silent about the violations of Lady Liberty's keeper, the United States - of her allies, Israel, Pakistan, India, South Korea and Egypt. Sanctions, a prelude to war, and a means to bring about a regime change, will be ineffective. They will bring harm to innocent victims or ineffective policies. Iraq must surely have taught us this bitter lesson. Such a declaration of war is unjustified even if we find the regime in Tehran contemptible - Even more inexcusable is the press demonizing Iran to make way for war.

... Payvand News - 1/19/06 ... --

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