Anybody remember the 2004 classified British memo outlining comments Shrub made to Blair about wanting to bomb the Doha, Qatar headquarters of Al-Jazeera? Anybody? It was during the worst days of the Battle of Falluja. You remember, right? Back when "Mission Accomplished" was a the general assumption for the US media and not shorthand for "total clusterf***." You know, back when Bush & Co. could claim we were "winning" the war and still get the majority of Americans buy it.
The story certainly failed to register with most of the media in the US or stir any righteous indignation with most in the US. In addition to swallowing the Al-Qa'ida/Saddam link people in the US have also sucked up Bush & Co.'s assertions that Al-Jazeera is basically Osama's PR machine. We STILL don't have a cable company willing to program Al-Jazeera in English, which continues frustrate and sadden me. Nobody seemed to think twice about a US President expressing interest in bombing A) an allied country B) civilians C) an outlet of the world media. The idea that Shrub would be up for such a strike was hardly far-fetched given the US millitary's treatment of Al-Jazeera prior to the leaking of the memo: the 2001 bombing of their offices in Afghanistan and the 2003 killing of correspondent Tariq Ayoub in an attack on their Baghdad office. I will admit I had forgotten about this story. More precisely, I assumed the publication of the leaked memo was the end of it.
Instead, the day after Blair finally announced he's stepping down in June, two men are off to prison following a highly secretive trial. According to Davide Simonetti from Blairwatch in an interview with Democracy Now!, these aren't even the two men who did the leaking (scroll down to the bottom). Those would be MPs and members of Blair's own cabinet. Nobody wants to get into bringing MPs up on charges because that would be messy and uncomfortable, no?
The memo has yet to see the light of day. Even Al-Jazeera couldn't get it under a FOIA request and if anybody deserves a look at it I'd say it's the people who were to be bombed. Anybody who would publish it also faces jail time, but that hasn't stopped countless people from offering to do just that if it gets out. After all, if you don't have anything to hide....?