Well, last night while our President was self-depreciative by calling himself a “Muslim Socialist” at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the Prime Minister of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki was doing something Mr. Obama would love to do. He was yanking the licenses of ten news organizations including Al Jazeera for causing secular, Sunni/Shia, strife in Iraq. That would be the equivalent of Obama pulling the FCC licenses of Fox News and every conservative radio talk show host in the country including Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Sean Hannity and scores of others.
The secular killing in Iraq over the past few weeks has left hundreds dead and wounded. Mr. Maliki’s action is a new approach in his struggle to keep Iraq from splitting into three nations Sunni/Shia/Kurd. It’s creative but reminiscent of his predecessor Saddam Hussein.
Cancelling Al Jazeera was a huge move and is one of the main reasons anyone is paying attention. Censorship of Western news organizations in the Arab world is a norm, but censoring of Muslim news organizations in Muslim countries, that’s big, and could be seen as a pro-Western action initiated by the U.S.
Mr. Maliki should start watching his back, after all, just think what would happen if Mr. Obama did the same here with Conservatives. – N.P.Contompasis