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24.3.06

Getting credit 

Looks like I crossed the 150-post barrier with the last blog entry. That’s a quarter of the posts at the Beyond Branding Blog, where I used to post.
   I worked till 4 a.m. today—the final days before plating and printing at can be heavy—and got the news overnight that US and UK special forces had rescued resident Harmeet Sooden, plus two other Christian , from their captors in .
   ’s gave credit to troops. said ‘U.S.-led forces’. Radio New Zealand gave credit to ‘ forces’. Fairfax was vague with ‘coalition forces’ in print. , from the broadcasts I heard today, identified American and forces. The press (e.g. the National Post) mentioned that special forces were involved.
   I know the has many issues relating to its behaviour in this , but all I ask for is fair reporting. New Zealand enjoy laying the blame over the Iraq war on the United States’ intelligence over —or, more commonly, at the hands of personally. It seems like a raw deal for the US to not get some credit when it has done something good for one of “our” own (well, a Canadian national living here), yet it always gets slammed for the bad things that happen.
   I admit ‘multinational forces’ is accurate, but I have to wonder: would we be so if we were told that ‘multinational forces’, rather than the US and the UK, ‘invaded’ Iraq? After all, we were in the in the first , and it should be borne in mind that more countries participated in Gulf War II in Iraq than during the . But my impression is that this war is shown in the media here as an American war.
   The six o’clock will perhaps be more determinative of how in New Zealand treat the United States.
   At this point, too, semantics aside, we should remember slain hostage , whose tortured body was found two weeks ago. May he rest in peace, more so now that his fellow are free.
   , whomever is responsible, whatever the motive, is a horrible business.
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Update: TV One credits the British SAS, which stormed the property where Sooden was held. The Americans play a supporting role with getting intelligence of the hostages’ whereabouts.  
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