September 23, 2004

British Media Exploit Next Beheading Victims Mother

I can't say I blame the mother of soon to be victim of the religion of peace, Briton Kenneth Bigley. I do, however, blame the British media for exploiting an 86 year old woman's pleas for her sons life for their own political purposes. The British media has consistently opposed the war in Iraq and has used every propaganda tool possible to portray that war in the worst light. For instance, Reuters has consistently refused to use the word "terrorist", even when describing those about to behead a fellow Englishman. The Guardian has been on the forefront of this campaign. Further evidence from The Guardian:

The 86-year-old mother of the Iraq hostage Kenneth Bigley appeared in public for the first time to beg for his release yesterday as the desperate waiting game entered its second week.

Lil Bigley, supported by her sons Philip, 49, and Stan, 64, begged the Islamist group to free him. In tears she urged: "Will you please help my son? He is only a working man who wants to support his family. Please show mercy to Ken. Send him home to me alive. His family need him and I need him."

But the strain of the public appearance and the anguish of the past eight days had taken its toll on Mrs Bigley - 2 hours after she made her appeal an ambulance was called to the family's Liverpool home. She was taken out on a stretcher and driven to hospital.

Dr Mashood Siddiqi, a consultant from Aintree hospital, had visited Mrs Bigley earlier in the evening. He said: "We are monitoring her condition. She has been under a lot of stress today but she is a strong lady."

It was revealed last night that the families of the two murdered American hostages had phoned the Bigleys to offer them support and sympathy.

Before being taken to hospital, Mrs Bigley said she had been touched by their call, adding she could not imagine what they were going through.

She added that she found the hours between 6pm and 9pm the worst each evening but the family had been taking strength from each other.

Her intervention came after the family rejected Foreign Office advice on how to handle the crisis and instead opted to make their own appeals.

Shame on you Guardian. British readers inform me that the BBC has been doing the same.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:10 PM | Comments |