The media, Kerry, Dean and Iraq

January 30, 2004


Although I have been concerned by events in Venezuela I have been following closely what has been happening in the Democratic primary in the US. I must say that from reading the traditional newspapers I got the feeling that Dean was the sure winner, while reading the bloggers I got a completely different picture. In fact, newspapers gave me the impression that Dean was first followed by Clark and then Kerry. Bloggers gave me the impression Kerry was their preference but was far behind. Then Dean lost in Iowa, had his little explosion and seems to be history now.


Since I am on the subject, you should read this response by an Iraqi blogger to Deanís statement:


“You can say that it’s great that Saddam is gone and I’m sure that a lot of Iraqis feel it is great that Saddam is gone. But a lot of them gave their lives. And their living standard is a whole lot worse now than it was before.”


An excerpt:


Iím not going to comment about the rightness of the statement with more than saying that only a (blind) man would believe it and only a man blinded by his ambitions would dare to say it, but when you say such words, donít you mean in other words that the sacrifices made by the American soldiers are all in vain? And that these soldiers are not doing a service to the world, nor to Iraqis and not to America. In fact you are saying that since they didnít do the world, America or us a favour then theyíre only doing a favour to GWB and his administration.


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