July 13, 2007

Reuters/NY Times Photog Killed in Iraq

A case of an innocent journalist tragically killed in the haze of war? Or is something else going on here?

Namir Noor-Eldeen, a stringer for Reuters and for the New York Times, and his driver Saeed Chmagh, were killed by U.S. forces yesterday in Iraq.

Jemime Kiss, in this Guardian piece, claims that Namir Noor-Eldeen was killed by "friendly fire". But is there any evidence to suggest that local Reuters stringers have every been "friendly" to the U.S. military?

The facts in the case really aren't very clear. The Iraqi police are saying that the Reuters photog and his driver were killed by a "random American bombardment". But, to be honest, I wouldn't trust an Iraqi police report any more than I would a Reuters stringer.

Why? Because however the two were killed, this much is certain: U.S. troops were battling Iraqi police and a police lieutenant involved in the battle has been arrested for ties to Iranian backed Shiite insurgents.

Reuters is trying to frame the story as if the Americans, as usual, are busy in Iraq randomly shooting anyone and everyone on the streets. And journalists are busy decrying yet another death of a journalist in Iraq.

But they fail to mention that stringers often have at least some working relationship to insurgents.

They also fail to mention that insurgents generally film their own attacks. Dozens of these videos are released weekly. Any one on the scene of a battle with a camera who is not embedded with U.S. troops should be considered an enemy combatant.

This is why the Geneva Conventions are so clear about armed combatants wearing clearly identifiable markings--so that innocent civilians don't get killed. When was the last time Reuters noted to readers that every insurgent group in Iraq breaks the Geneva Conventions every time it tries to blend in with the local population? It is the insurgents, not the U.S. or its allies, that are responsible for the deaths of civilians in Iraq.

The "report" obtained by Reuters alleging the random killing of the photographer was from "the closest station to the scene". But wouldn't one also assume that the police Lieutenant and Iraqi police killed by the U.S. were from that same station because of its proximity.

What kind of photos did Noor-Eldeen take? Hmmmm, it's almost like I've seen this photo before, somewhere.

A charred copy of the Koran lies in the wreckage, at the scene of a car bomb attack, in Baghdad, April 24, 2006. (Namir Noor-Eldeen/Reuters)

Question: Have the Zionist-Crusaders perfected the "Koran seeking bomb", or what?

And this one, seems, eerily familiar as well.......

A man walks inside a burnt Sunni mosque in Baghdad, February 23, 2006. (Namir Noor-Eldeen/Reuters)

Reuters has a whole tribute to Noor-Eldeen here.

Death is always a tragedy for the loved ones and friends of the deceased. But why is it that Reuters nearly always chooses to frame deaths in Iraq as if the U.S. was responsible and not the insurgents or terrorists? Could it be that Reuters places blame on the U.S. for nearly every tragedy because placing blame on the insurgents and Islamist terrorists hits closer to home?

UPDATE: How did Namir Noor-Eldeen get this shot?

Namir Noor-Eldeen_mosul.jpg

"A masked insurgent carries a police flak jacket and rocket propelled grenade launcher after a police station was attacked in Mosul November 11, 2004."
(Namir Noor-Eldeen/Reuters 2004/11/11)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:04 AM | Comments |