Wednesday, June 04, 2003

Dept of Corrections

Looks like The Guardian did a no-no and took the 'quote' from Wolfowitz out of context. The story was mentioned in The Australian and the original quote had to do with comparing the different aspects of using economic means vs military means in dealing with North Korea and Iraq. Since North Korea is already so impoverished, he reasons, economic punishment will work as opposed to Iraq.

Here's his original quote in context from the story:

The country is teetering on the edge of economic collapse," US Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz told a weekend Asian security conference in Singapore.

"That, I believe is a major point of leverage. The primary difference between North Korea and Iraq is that we had virtually no economic options in Iraq because the country floats on a sea of oil."

The US wants to build consensus for an economic blockade of North Korea to choke trade and encourage a quick resolution to the nuclear crisis.

It doesn't really change the facts, however. And plenty of evidence already exists that the war was all about oil. Nevertheless, The Guardian is just as guilty of poor journalism as the US corporate media. And I'll have to view everything in that publication with a more skeptical eye henceforth.


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