Did We Get It Right?
Ten years ago today was the fall of Saddam Hussein’s statue in Baghdad’s Fardous Square, where the late Maher Abdullah (Allâh Yirĥamu) commentated, with his eloquent and articulate tongue, continuously for four hours and millions of Arab-speakers came to rely on his reporting. Other than going as a war correspondent, he went in solidarity with the people of Iraq.
Maher Abdullah’s journalistic aptitude and excellent correspondence shone through his coverage of the US-led war on Iraq, which was what he was known best for in 2003. Narrowly surviving the US missile attack on Aljazeera’s office in Baghdad in early April 2003, he was amongst the few journalists who remained until the end of the war.
So, for the above reasons, – and after eight-and-a-half years of my father returning to Allâh سُبْحانَهُ وَتَعالَى, nine years since the debate and ten years after the Invasion of Iraq – I found it fitting to share the following 5-minute clip showing the late Maher Abdullah’s two pennies worth about The Media at War in Iraq and how it was egregiously wrong. The debate was on Thursday, 18th March 2004, at the University of California, Berkeley: Graduate School of Journalism.
(Sunday, 19th July 1959 ~ Saturday, 11th September 2004)
For those interested in the full debate: