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Disgraceful -- BBC Cancels TV Movie On Iraq War Hero Because Too Positive

No good news for BBC viewers!

The UK's Telegraph reported that the BBC cancelled a 90-minute drama about the youngest surviving winner of the UK's highest award for valor because "it feared it would alienate members of the audience opposed to the war in Iraq." The BBC blocked the project that would have honored the incredible bravery and resilience of Private Johnson Beharry, a man who didn't hesitate to risk his own life two separate times for his fellow soldiers. His Victoria Cross citation reads like a blockbuster Hollywood action script, but instead, it's the real deal. Sounds uplifting and encouraging, and it could even be a real morale booster, right? Well, for the Beeb, that's the problem
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This, I do NOT understand. ... (Below threshold)
Skul:

This, I do NOT understand. Perhaps it is time to remove the "Great" from Britian. Shameful.

The problem is that a major... (Below threshold)

The problem is that a majority in the UK do not support the "War in Iraq" and many literally are blatherers about the evilness of Bush and Blair.

I ran across this one gorgeous babe in Greece who completely turned me off because she immediately started talking smack about Bush once she learned I was American...(She was British)

Hardly surprising, the Beeb... (Below threshold)
marc:

Hardly surprising, the Beeb has been anti-American for a very long time.

It's so bad it led BBC's Washington correspondent Justin Webb to opine:

"America is often portrayed as an ignorant, unsophisticated sort of place, full of bible bashers and ruled to a dangerous extent by trashy television, superstition and religious bigotry, a place lacking in respect for evidence based knowledge. I know that is how it is portrayed because I have done my bit to paint that picture..."

"The problem is that a m... (Below threshold)
Lee:

"The problem is that a majority in the UK do not support the "War in Iraq" and many literally are blatherers about the evilness of Bush and Blair."

I, for one, have real problems with this -- not with the statement, but with the sentiment of the British people it so accurately describes.

Our country used to be the nation that led world in the quest for freedom and democracy. We stood up for the downtrodden, and we corrected injustice, and we improved the lot of those who needed a hand.

We solved problems; we supported free nations and free peoples and we helped liberate those for whom freedom was beyond their grasp.

To do that we relied on allies -- allies who became more and more important in the latter half of the twentieth century as the cost and scope of our quest became more and more costly and difficult.

Now we've pissed away the goodwill of entire nation of people.. a nation of people who stood by us when others wouldn't. We've borne a terrible, terrible cost in allowing the current administration to bungle their way through Iraq, and losing Britain is a terrible blow to our quest.

"America is often portrayed as an ignorant, unsophisticated sort of place, full of bible bashers and ruled to a dangerous extent by trashy television, superstition and religious bigotry, a place lacking in respect for evidence based knowledge. I know that is how it is portrayed because I have done my bit to paint that picture..."

It's an accurate portrayal -- but we have the power to change that, You have the power to change that -- starting today. Contact your representatives in Washington and tell them it's time to stop the bungling and boondoggles in Iraq, and that it's time to bring our fighting men and women home again.

The cost is worse than the cure in Iraq. The majority of the Iraqi people want us out, and the majority of the American people want us out. The White House is indeed displaying a lack of respect for evidence-based knowledge. It's time to cease their crusade -- to put an end to this madness.

President Bush isn't listening to the rest of us -- maybe he'll listen to you.

Yeah! Bringing our troops h... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Yeah! Bringing our troops home will make trashy television better. It will also make people stop bashing Christianity. In my younger years I would want to smoke what the commenter surely is. ww

WildWillieIn m... (Below threshold)
marc:

WildWillie

In my younger years I would want to smoke what the commenter surely is.

In my younger years I would do the same, now at a much later time... you'll have to excuse me I misplaced my papers.

And BTW Lee, what is your prediction for the state of Iraqi society if the troops left tomorrow?

Leave it to Lee to take us ... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

Leave it to Lee to take us on another tangential roller coaster ride.

Al-BBC never seems to mind if it offends those who appreciate these stories of heroics, nor if it offends the soldier and his family.

I wanta know why Hayden is ... (Below threshold)
kim:

I wanta know why Hayden is weaseling about Plame. See Novak's column this AM.
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BAGHDAD-A bomb exploded in ... (Below threshold)
civil behavior:

BAGHDAD-A bomb exploded in the Iraqi parliament's cafeteria in a stunning assault in the heart of the heavily fortified Green Zone Thursday, killing at least two lawmakers and wounding 10 other people.

The blast in the parliament building came hours after a suicide truck bomb blew up on a major bridge in Baghdad, collapsing the steel structure and sending cars tumbling into the Tigris River, police and witnesses said. At least 10 people were killed.

The brazen bombing was the clearest evidence yet that militants can penetrate even the most secure locations.

AND YET, IN WASHINGTON -- Stretched thin by four years of war, the Army is adding three months to the standard yearlong tour for all active-duty soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, an extraordinary step aimed at maintaining the troop buildup in Baghdad.

"Our forces are stretched, there's no question about that," Gates said


YESIREEE.......They're on the run.......Mission Accomplished.....stay the course.......the surge is working.......We're in the last throes......spin, spin, spin.....lie,lie, lie...YEEHAA, ride em cowboy.

Stupid foolish Americans.

Hey, cb, ever see a bronc t... (Below threshold)
kim:

Hey, cb, ever see a bronc that couldn't be busted? One that needed busting, I mean?

Stupid, foolish, Unamericans.
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Watch him go boo-boo to Per... (Below threshold)
kim:

Watch him go boo-boo to Pere Ubu.
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I wanta know why Hayden ... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

I wanta know why Hayden is weaseling about Plame. See Novak's column this AM.

This is not good. He has to have his ass put on the line and explain it.

Imus, who knows all about R... (Below threshold)
kim:

Imus, who knows all about Russert's perjury, and Novak, ought to get together and lay this Plame business open. It's overipe.
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But don't question the "pat... (Below threshold)

But don't question the "patriotrism" of the MSM.

Kim, that was a good... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Kim,
that was a good link, but why can't you get it through your head that Plame's side of the Agency, from whence spies and contract agents were briefed, is covert? If the spies, etc are covert, and Plame knows who those spies, etc. are, then it doesn't take 2 years of night school to figure out that Plame (her head full of spy stuff) is covert, as well.
As for whom you stake your info on, they were/are neocon operatives, or reporters who transmitted the neocons' bad information as Truth, and are engaged (along with the neocons) in attempting to recover their political viability. You'll notice the neocon's recent "Bush-bashing" of their former sponsor: "he didn't implement OUR plans correctly", etc. etc.
Remember,
1) the neocons are spiritual communists who've adapted to the local mileu.
2) they are physical cowards and historically averse to military service (in fact, many of age in the 60s were members of the SDS, a communist front group, known for brandishing the North Vietnamese flag at rallys)
3) yet now, they are uber-hawks who glory in the vicarious Jack Bauer Experience, almost worshipping a TV show. The neocons actually think "24" and "300" are Lessons For Our Time and not just a nerd show and a gay movie.
Ps: did you read FThompson's "300" reeveew? P.U.!

Bryan, you are absolutely c... (Below threshold)
metprof:

Bryan, you are absolutely correct. The REAL movies for our time include "Kill Bill", "Brokeback Mountain", and "Inconvenient Truth". LOLOLOL

I think you've confused John Kerry, Dennis the Menace, and Jane Fonda with those dastardly Neocons.

metprof:remember the... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

metprof:
remember the famous quip: neo-liberals/neo-conervatives (same same) are just "liberals who got mugged". So your movie examples are not neccessarily averse to neocons personal tastes; they are just not useful as political tools. Neocons are very corporatist/globalist as far as laissez faire merchandising goes. (Sure, Bill Bennett "authored" a compilation of morality tales as his own book, but it was only a Product, as Bill's degenerate gambling illustrates)
But if they could allegorize Brokeback Mountain as Islam buggering The West, they would do so.




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