At daft cunt Ian Dale‘s site, and at various other fucktard-infested parts of the right-wing blogosphere, the BBC is being slated for its “Why did September 11 happen?” page on its news-for-kids Newsround portal.
The offending text [now amended to something more anodyne, but which is probably still sane enough to piss off the nutters] read:
The way America has got involved in conflicts in regions like the Middle East has made some people very angry, including a group called al-Qaeda – who are widely thought to have been behind the attacks.
In the past, al-Qaeda leaders have declared a holy war – called a jihad – against the US. As part of this jihad, al-Qaeda members believe attacking US targets is something they should do.
When the attacks happened in 2001, there were a number of US troops in a country called Saudi Arabia, and the leader of al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, said he wanted them to leave.
As those of you who aren’t gibbering right-wing nutjobs might notice, while a bit simplistic, it’s all entirely true, entirely unbiased, and exactly in line with the findings of the 9/11 Commission’s own report [pdf, large].
Unfortunately, crazy bigoted hatred of one’s opponents in defiance of rational fact and sanity are almost as prevalent among Anglo-American right-wing fundamentalists as they are among Islamist fundamentalists…
A final point: the utter, utter cunts at the Biased BBC blog have been instrumental in making this non-story into a story. But in the process of doing so, they reveal something quite nasty and disturbing about their own motivations…
In a very long and boring piece about how the BBC is incredibly evil for changing the picture on one of the pages and saying it didn’t, or not changing a picture and saying it did, or something, they say “[the BBC’s ‘who is Al Qaeda’ page is] fairly uncontroversial, though could be better written, for instance, AQ doesn’t just believe it is fighting a holy war – it is fighting a holy war, unless all those attacks are just ‘beliefs’ too“.
Traditionally, in order to ‘fight a holy war’, you need to have two sides, both of whom are trying to fight a holy war. Now, as I understand it, we’re not currently trying to fight a holy war to eradicate Islam and Christianise its people. But clearly, the Biased BBC-ites think differently…
[9/11 Commission comparison via Gavin Whendale]