AL JAZEERA ENGLISH - Bringing the Real World Home
Al Jazeera's English news channel offers insight into a worldview that few in the US understand. To beat the counter insurgency abroad and confront the ramifications of America's waning influence, Americans should start tuning in.
In the gym at the NATO base in Kabul, US soldiers hit the treadmills every morning and gaze at TV screens broadcasting Al Jazeera's English news channel. When Osama bin Laden makes news, as he did recently with a statement about Iraq, America's finest work out beneath the solemn gaze of their most wanted enemy.
This sounds like a scene from Donald Rumsfeld's private hell. The former secretary of defense dismissed Al Jazeera as a "mouthpiece of Al Qaeda." He once called the network, which is based in and owned by Qatar, "vicious, inaccurate and inexcusable."
In an indication of what the Bush administr
|Liveleak on Facebook|