Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Muammar Gaddafi Threatens U.S. and Swiss: BBC Hides the Story - Twice

Libya's Muammar Gaddafi threatened U.S. oil interests, and called for a boycott of Switzerland. That's the story in the BBC. While they told the story, they also hid it. And for a change, the United Nations is bringing the real story to the forefront.

The Swiss have banned Islamic minarets in their country. The BBC said Gaddafi called for Muslims to "boycott" Switzerland. How lucky can the Swiss get? What a good day...until the U.S. jumped in and the State Department's P.J. Crowley dismissed Gaddafi's comments as just "a lot of words..." Now Muammar is mad at the U.S., threatening U.S. oil firms over Crowley's words, and of course, Crowley is blathering all over himself to apologize. 

Col Gaddafi had criticised a Swiss vote against the building of minarets and urged Muslims to boycott the country.
Mr Crowley described it as "lots of words, not necessarily a lot of sense."

But that is not at all what Gaddafi said.

Here's how the BBC hid the truth and refused to use the "jihad" word that Gaddafi did use, and they hid the story not once, but twice.

In about the bottom third of the story,  Crowley explains that Col. Gaddafi called for an "economic boycott," not "an armed attack." Well, who said anything about "an armed attack," or "jihad?" Apparently, Gaddafi did, but the BBC has the words nowhere in their article EXCEPT under Gaddafi photo:

Col Gaddafi said Switzerland "deserved to be attacked through jihad."
Crowley is still apologizing...did not "intend to offend." "I apologise...." he said.

"I should have focused solely on our concern about the term jihad, which has since been clarified by the Libyan government," Mr Crowley added.
"I understand my personal comments were perceived as a personal attack on the president," he said.

So is Crowley apologizing for advising others to take Gaddafi's words lightly? or...what? He seems to be saying the U.S. focused on the "jihad" word, should not have, however, and should have understood that "jihad" meant an "economic boycott." What???

In another article, the BBC has this headline: UN deplores Gaddafi call for anti-Swiss "jihad." But no where is Gaddafi quoted as calling for Muslims to be "anti-Swiss." He calls for jihad.

"Let us wage jihad against Switzerland, Zionism and foreign aggression," he said.
"Any Muslim in any part of the world who works with Switzerland is an apostate, is against Muhammad, God and the Koran."

On a normal day, the story would be that Crowley apologizes for the U.S. when he certainly should not have, AND the U.N. actually stood up against Islamic jihad. Something they are loathe to do. But today, the story is the way the BBC reported two separate articles, both deceptively.

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