Fainting in Coyles An occasional letter from the
Heart of Euroville
Wednesday, March 17, 2004
Check this bit of sanctimonious self inportance from the Beeb
"US Secretary of State Colin Powell has pledged the US will stay committed to rebuilding Afghanistan.
Mr Powell met President Karzai on a visit to Kabul and vowed that Taleban remnants would not be able to "turn the clock back".
He also praised Pakistan's military drive on the Afghan border, which has seen the fiercest clashes there yet.
Islamabad says the number killed in the offensive has risen to 39 - 15 soldiers and 24 tribesmen or al-Qaeda suspects".
So far so good, but in their normal desperate attempt to do down the US (and the UK's) positive impact in that country the report then carries on,
"BBC correspondents say the US has yet to prove the success of its Afghan mission.
Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden is still at large, they say, while resurgent Taleban forces control large parts of the south and east, with President Karzai isolated in Kabul. "
No further endorsement of BBC correspondent's comments are available in the article which goes on to talk about the Pakistan operation. So Karzai and Powell talk to each other. The US pledges continuing support, and with nobody there who disagrees the BBC in no doubt an attempt to be fair, decide to comment themselves. Piss off and do some real journalism. If you cannot get support or independent corroboration for your attitude then can it. Don't muck up the BBC's already sullied name with your own biased and contentious drivel.