Robert Fisk is legendary for two things – the ability to weave tales that ignore reality (as the U.S. was taking Baghdad he was reporting that the U.S. troops were being repelled) and his crowning achievement – My Beating is a Symbol of this Filthy War, in which he famously starts off:
They started by shaking hands. We said “Salaam aleikum” — peace be upon you — then the first pebbles flew past my face. A small boy tried to grab my bag. Then another. Then someone punched me in the back. Then young men broke my glasses, began smashing stones into my face and head. I couldn’t see for the blood pouring down my forehead and swamping my eyes. And even then, I understood. I couldn’t blame them for what they were doing. In fact, if I were the Afghan refugees of Kila Abdullah, close to the Afghan-Pakistan border, I would have done just the same to Robert Fisk. Or any other Westerner I could find.
Even for Fisk, this is a new low. From The Evening Standard:
The judge in charge of Saddam Hussein’s trial was in fear for his life today after his identity was revealed by a UK newspaper.
The Iraqi Special Tribunal had asked the media to protect his anonymity. But he was named by Robert Fisk, foreign correspondent of The Independent.
Downing Street warned that the judge now faced reprisals from Saddam loyalists. A Foreign Office source added: “Obviously this shows questionable judgment about an individual’s safety.” When TV footage was broadcast yesterday, censors made sure the judge was pictured only from behind.
Simon Kelner, editor of The Independent, defended his decision, saying: “This was not a British court, it was an Iraqi court. We don’t want to compromise the judge’s safety but the cameras showed side views of him and he was instantly recognised by many Iraqis.”Consider the irony were he to be captured by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s al-Qaeda network. He could report on his own beheading – and blame Bush…
Hat Tip: James Joyner