November 15, 2004
Bilal Hussein Alive, Still Anti-American
A week ago today I noted that the AP was using Bilal Hussein to cover the terrorists' side of the story from Fallujah. You can see some of Bilal Hussein's propaganda photos here. Mr. Bilal became APs 'embed' to those forces trying to kill Americans all over Iraq. By hiring a photographer to follow our enemies and to distribute their propaganda, the AP has betrayed our country. Let me suggest that there are higher standards of morality than so-called journalistic ethics. When your fellow countrymen are dying in a war, the highest obligation is to nation. By distributing images and messages of the enemy you bolster their support. There is a reason the resistance in Iraq is not getting any lighter, it is because the messages they recieve in their media is that they are winning. Why give up when you think you are winning?
Today the AP releases a story on the harrowing ordeal Hussein went through as he tried to escape Fallujah. It comes as no surprise to learn that Hussein's anti-American roots go deep. He is a native of Fallujah, the town that brought you 'We love you Zarqawi' and 'Let's mutilate the bodies of American civillians'. AP story via Boston News:
In the weeks before the crushing military assault on his hometown, Bilal Hussein sent his parents and brother away from Fallujah to stay with relatives.Wow, you mean you didn't realize that a 'war zone' meant, you know, a 'war zone'??
The 33-year-old Associated Press photographer stayed behind to capture insider images during the siege of the former insurgent stronghold.
''Everyone in Fallujah knew it was coming. I had been taking pictures for days,'' he said. ''I thought I could go on doing it.''
In the hours and days that followed, heavy bombing raids and thunderous artillery shelling turned Hussein's northern Jolan neighborhood into a zone of rubble and death. The walls of his house were pockmarked by coalition fire.Notice the dead and dying were the anti-American forces and terrorists. Yet Bilal Hussein describes the fact that no one came to help them as something bad.
''Destruction was everywhere. I saw people lying dead in the streets, wounded were bleeding and there was no one to come and help them. Even the civilians who stayed in Fallujah were too afraid to go out,'' he said.
''There was no medicine, water, no electricity nor food for days.''Really? So sad.
By Tuesday afternoon, as U.S. forces and Iraqi rebels engaged in fierce clashes in the heart of his neighborhood, Hussein snapped.Ok, so you have Iraqi terrorists fighting Americans from your houses, and yet somehow it is the Americans fault for firing at your houses?? Maybe you should have thought of this before you celebrated in the street as you mutilated the bodies of people who were there to reconstruct your country.
''U.S. soldiers began to open fire on the houses, so I decided that it was very dangerous to stay in my house,'' he said.
Hussein moved from house to house dodging gunfire and reached the river.a) I'm sorry this family was killed, if true b) I don't believe for a second that it's true you vile piece of lying garbage c) if true you ever think for a second that terrorists have families too? Why did this guy not send his family away, like you? Could it be that he believed the bullshit propaganda out of your media that you were winning?
''I decided to swim ... but I changed my mind after seeing U.S. helicopters firing on and killing people who tried to cross the river.''
He watched horrified as a family of five was shot dead as they tried to cross. Then, he ''helped bury a man by the river bank, with my own hands.''
''I kept walking along the river for two hours and I could still see some U.S. snipers ready to shoot anyone who might swim. I quit the idea of crossing the river and walked for about five hours through orchards.''When your friends, the terrorists, start wearing uniforms we will stop shooting people in battlezones. There is a reason the Geneva Convention requires all combatents to wear them, asswipe.
He met a peasant family, who gave him refuge in their house for two days. Hussein knew a driver in the region and sent a message to another AP colleague, Ali Ahmed, in nearby Ramadi.The only thing I regret is that one of those snipers didn't take you out. Imagine if we had let Goebbels go simply because he was a journalist?
Ahmed relayed the news that Hussein was alive to AP's Baghdad bureau. He sent a second message back to Hussein that a fisherman in nearby Habaniyah would ferry the photographer to safety by boat.
''At the end of the boat ride, Ali was waiting for me. He took me to Baghdad, to my office.''