Public Comment

Al Jazeera, Naomi Wolf, and American Islamic Blind Spot

By John A. McMullen II
Tuesday March 06, 2012 - 10:35:00 AM

I think this is a letter to the editor. 

I have been reviewing theatre for this paper for two years next month. 

It has been a long time since I have written on anything other than that for anyone. 

The other night I was watching MI-5, an exciting, well-acted, and tightly-written spy series from BBC, where main characters get killed off regularly in the line of duty which always surprises me. 

Their portrayal of the CIA and of Americans is less than flattering: lawless cowboy bully-boys with a penchant for torture and a pathological sense of entitlement. But I can tell the difference between good dramatic TV conflict and reality, particularly from a country that has a video camera on every lampost. 

But today, I surfed Al Jazeera. I tuned in a year ago thinking that I would get an earful of Islamic Fundamentalist Propaganda. 

Surprise! Seems lot of writers are American. And Jewish. Like Naomi Wolf who I've always liked for her renegade candor (she has a new book out "Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries" which is on my list). In Al Jazeera, she takes on the wimpy reporting of the Qu'ran burnings in Kabul in an article entitled "America's Islamic Blind Spots." 

More than that, she talks about Bagram where 3,000 are being held without rights and tortured; she says that the terrorists concede that next to Bagram, Guantamo is a resort hotel. 

Crap! I thought this crapola stopped when W got replaced by a guy that promised change. Check out Ms. Wolf's POV: