Sunday, July 23, 2006


Well, the Middle East crisis continues with more fighting today.

Today I got fed up watching the dismal TV offerings on the weekend TV dial. Weekend TV around here is absolutely the worst, especially when it isn't football season; it's the usual infomercials with the likes of Julie Moran and Daisy Fuentes, crappy movies and boring poker games, and of course, this is the day that OMNI and Citytv and SUN TV show all their boring ethnic programming. So I decided to tune in to channel 10 from Israel on the Internet and watch their live streaming World War III coverage. Check it out at

They showed some of the damage from some rocket that hit an apartment building in Haifa, and there had been more attacks on Lebanon. They showed all the smoke billowing from where the bombs rained down. Channel 10 had their reporters based in Haifa right near where all the action was. I noticed this week that many of these bigshot North American TV anchors were nowhere near Haifa. Instead, they were doing standups and live hits in places like Jerusalem, doing their best to look like they were in the center of things when they really weren't.

In fact I have a lot of gripes about the North American coverage. One thing that bugs me about the coverage has been the constant downbeat tone of it. I read Connie Woodcock's rants in the Toronto Sun about the "apocalyptic" tone of the CBC's coverage and how they made it seem the world was going to end. I look at these CBC reporters on the scene over there, and get really agitated at the self-important way they carry themselves when they report these stories. They report in their best "voice of doom" voices and make it seem as if Israel and Lebanon are total hellholes, the absolute ends of the earth. They make it seem as if everyone who lives there must be crazy! It's as if we all ought to be glad to be living in a civilized place like Canada, where life is so much better! Hooray for us.

In fact, on Israeli TV they showed a story about a bunch of people having fun beating the heat at the beach! I'm sure they suffered a lot. I also noticed that Channel 10 was still planning to run the latest episode of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire- Israel edition. I suppose they figured this was more important than the war coverage, to show a popular game show on TV! You never get the sense from the TV news here in Canada that there are people in Israel or Lebanon who are still attempting to lead normal lives over there. In fact, in Lebanon, life there was pretty normal until a week or so ago. You never get the sense from these international correspondents that people in parts of the world like the Middle East could go to movies and shopping malls, or eat at fast-food joints like the rest of us. Instead, these countries are treated like they are absolute boondock third-world dumps all the time. It's always gloom and doom from the CBC, the BBC, and these international reporters about these places.

Personally, I'd rather tune in to the "local" coverage from Israel or Lebanon, because you don't get any of this self-important "attitude" from all these local reporters! Instead, the locals concentrate on covering the story and trying to make sense of what is happening without going all apocalyptic on you. They were covering this fighting the way that folks in Miami cover hurricanes! They were showing live pictures from where the damage happened in Haifa and were interviewing emergency personnel and other people! I could tell they weren't doing the "voice of doom" routine or giving you over-prepared reports. They dropped all that and just talked to the camera as if they were normal people! They were making sense of the situation and telling you what was going down, without pretense. Frankly, it was live coverage, and it was refreshing.

So that's why I like watching local coverage of these wars overseas. I don't want to see a bunch of swaggering correspondents tell us their opinions about how Israel is going to drag Iran into World War III, or tell us how badly the evacuations are going, or any of that bull. Just give me the freaking facts, darnet, and treat what is happening in these foreign countries as if this is your own back yard! I'm sick and tired of seeing Israel and Lebanon portrayed as places no sane individual would ever set foot in!! One thing I've learned is that the world is increasingly a small place, thanks largely to technology. And what happens in the Middle East is pretty darned relevant to us here. I simply think it's really behind the times to keep treating some of these countries as if they aren't a part of the neighbourhood, that's all.

Stay tuned for my Miss Universe rant next.

1 comment:


Yankee Petrocolonial empire in the Middle East is the only way one can avert looming Christian-Islamic Armageddon.
Everywhere shall be a theater of war in World War Three.
Damascus Jews financed the Arab Muslim conquest of Egypt Syria Persia and Libya. It is a moral duty of Israel to support civilized world to make Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Syria and Turkey Christian again and to make Iran Zoroastrian again.
Refusenik must pool their brains to find out how to wage te world war three so that Allied Powers led by USA, India, Britain might win the WWIII.
World War Three is coming to every countries neighborhood as more than 100 memebrs of the UNO shall become colonies of one of the top six world powers during world war three.
World War three is a war by great powers on smaller powers and wars on oil producing OPEC nations.
India welcomes the Third World War.
Islam is a religion of Sword. Islam was imposed by sword on Egypt, Syria, Libya, Algeria and Persia.
Christians have a moral duty to reclaim Egypt, Syria, Libya, Algeria, Turkey for Christianity as no one ever became Muslim without the threat of sword.
Islamic nuclear weapons is a threat to human race.
Conquest and colonization of all oil-producing Islamic nations is a small price to pay for eradicating the Islamic nuclear menace.
(1) The "World War Three" has started.
"WORLD WAR THREE" has begun. Republican Vice President Dick Cheney declared the restart of the New Cold War in March 2006. Republican Former Speaker of the Congress declared the start of the first phase of the "WORLD WAR THREE" in July 2006.
(2) "World War Three" now promotes the national interests of United States, India and China. Imperial colonial powers of the yester years- France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Ottoman Turkey, Russia, Spain- are in decline now and they wouldnever again be world powers.
(3) The post-1945 decolonization process permanently weakened former colonial powers that also suffer from disastrous population decline due to the declining fertility rates of their women. The Declining populations would rule out any imperial pretensions of Russia, France, Germany, Japan, Spain and Italy.
(4) The 2006 start of the World War Three is in the geopolitical national interest of the United States as presently United States enjoys military preponderance in the world. The 2006 is the ideal time for the start of the World War Three as it would guarantee that the coalition of Allied Powers led by USA, India and Britain is highly likely to win the World War Three. Any delay or postponment of the World War Three would progressively work against the national interests of the United States. Now is the good time for the World War Three.
(5) The 2006 start of the World War Three is in the national interest of India as well as China. Any delay of the World War Three would make Islamic Nuclear Terrorism formidable. The World War Three should begin now, so that the civilized world may successfully De-Nuke Islamic Atom Bomb and Islamic Nuclear Weapons Delivery Systems.
(6) The 2006 start of the World War Three is in the national interest of Russia as it would allow Russian Army regain for Russia the glory it lost after the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991.
(7) The principal goal of the World War Three is to gain control over world's oil and gas reserves so that OPEC Oil Gas Producers are brought under the civilized occupation and control of the Great Power led Petro-Colonial Empires. The purpose of the World War Three is to partition the OPEC Oil Producing Nations into the spheres of influence of leading Six world powers, namely, USA, India, China, Russia, Europe and Japan.
Diplomat Kalki Gaur
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