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News Media Last Updated: Mar 4th, 2009 - 12:00:58

Andrew Sullivan believes Wayne Madsen is a �conspiracy theorist�
By Wayne Madsen
Online Journal Contributing Writer

Mar 4, 2009, 00:52

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(WMR) -- It�s tough to be a corporate media journalist these days. With the Rocky Mountain News folding, the Christian Science Monitor now available only in e-copy (the CSM still remains as a very good source of news), the Philadelphia Inquirer filing for bankruptcy, and the New York Times putting its Manhattan building up for sale, �mainstream� journalists can only lash out at their lot in life. It is a lot, however, largely brought on by themselves. They remained silent as their publishers and editors slanted news to the salacious and �infotainment� variety at the expense of investigatory and foreign news.

The Atlantic Monthly�s Andrew Sullivan recently took a swipe at this editor for an article on Israel having extra-territorial designs on various religious sites in Iraq deemed of biblical significance to the theocratic state.

Someone called Iraq Pundit recently e-scribbled on a Blogspot corner of cyberspace: �Israel reportedly has plans to relocate thousands of Kurdish Jews from Israel, including expatriates from Kurdish Iran, to the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Nineveh under the guise of religious pilgrimages to ancient Jewish religious shrines,� writes Wayne Madsen. Who?�

Sullivan, who often appears on NBC�s �Chris Matthews Show� to bloviate with others trying to get a word in edgewise with the spittle-spewing pontificator from Philadelphia, responded to Iraq Pundit�s question on his Atlantic blog called �The Daily Dish�: �A conspiracy theorist, of course. But his rumors get reprinted in Arabic and there�s enough paranoia in Kurdistan for these stories to affect politics -- and the war. Iraq has not finished providing us with nasty surprises.�

Ironically, Sullivan has a quote from George Orwell on his banner that reads, �To see what is in front of one�s own nose needs a constant struggle.�

So rumors get reprinted in Arabic! And that is supposed to be bad in a world where the corporate media, like General Electric-owned NBC and military Psyop companies like Harris Corporation, produce government propaganda unworthy of the pages of Izvestia or Pravda during the Soviet era. In the corporate media world, if something has not cleared the signature chops of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Republican National Committee, or the Council on Foreign Relations, it is deemed a �conspiracy theory.�

The poor sots and soon-to-be-unemployed corporate journalists who run the National Press Club also tote the �conspiracy theory� line to describe those who are keeping the spirit of muckraking journalism alive in Washington, DC.

On January 30, 2009, WMR reported: �Israel reportedly has plans to re-locate thousands of Kurdish Jews from Israel, including expatriates from Kurdish Iran, to the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Nineveh under the guise of religious pilgrimages to ancient Jewish religious shrines. According to Kurdish sources, the Israelis are secretly working with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to carry out the integration of Kurdish and other Jews into areas of Iraq under control of the KRG. Kurdish, Iraqi Sunni Muslim, and Turkmen have noted that Kurdish Israelis began to buy land in Iraqi Kurdistan after the U.S. invasion in 2003 that is considered historical Jewish �property.��

If the corporate media cannot understand simple words, perhaps they can understand simple symbols.

The original national flag planned in 2004 for Iraq by a group of Bush administration neocons (influenced by their task masters in Israel) and a few quisling-type Iraqi nationals, who were brought into Baghdad by U.S. military power, looked nothing like those of Iraq�s neighbors. The Nouri al-Maliki government eventually decided to keep the Saddam Hussein flag with a few minor changes to the Arabic script.

If Andrew Sullivan does not suffer from color-blindness, it is fairly simple to see what nation had designs on Iraq. At the left is what Sullivan�s neocon pals cooked up as their flag for the �new Iraq.� Note what flag in the region it most resembles.

Now, notice how the neocon-designed Iraq flag does not resemble those of any of its neighbors:

Left to right: flags of Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey

With the neocons of the Atlantic Monthly and the blogger community, it is very simply a question of mind over matter: I don�t mind and they don�t matter.

Previously published in the Wayne Madsen Report.

Copyright � 2008

Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist and nationally-distributed columnist. He is the editor and publisher of the Wayne Madsen Report (subscription required).

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