Friday, July 09, 2010

CNN fires Middle Eastern editor

The firing of Octavia Nasr, CNN’s Senior Editor for Middle East Affairs, came and went with little fanfare.  That shouldn’t surprise any of us because the rest of the news media probably doesn’t want to cover this story on account of their own vulnerabilities.

You see, Octavia Nasr was fired shortly after she posted a comment on Twitter eulogizing a Hezbollah leader, who recently died.  The eulogy is all over the internet, I need not repeat it here.  You can find other fine stories on the subject from my friends at Tundra Tabloids and 

For those of you uninformed, Hezbollah is on the U.S. State department’s list of terrorist groups.  If the U.S. State Department isn’t credible enough for you (I would understand that.) consider some of the awful attacks Hezbollah is known for:

1.  April 1983, U.S. Embassy bombing (by the Islamic Jihad faction).

2.  October 1983, U.S. Marine barracks bombing in Beirut, Lebanon

3.  June 1985, torture and murder of Col. William F. Buckley in Lebanon

4.  June 1985 hijacking of TWA 847 and the torture/murder of U.S. Navy Seal Robert Stethem.

5.  March 1992, bombing of the Israel embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina killing 29  people.

6.  July 1994, bombing of the Jewish Cultural Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina killing 85 people.

The list goes on and on.  It includes the unrestricted firing of thousands of rockets into Israeli civilian areas over a period of several decades culminating in the 2006 South Lebanon War.  The list I have provided is rather short and hardly describes the depth of Hezbollah’s rampage of murder. 

It goes without saying that Hezbollah holds a manifest anti-Semitic policy.  As such, you might think that Octavia Nasr’s open support for Hezbollah embarrassed CNN due to its Jewish audience.  Why I’ll bet you thought that Nasr was fired because she rattled Jewish sensitivities.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  If that were true, Nasr would have been gone long ago.

The pressure group she angered was the Saudi Petrochemical Lobby.  That’s because Hezbollah is an Iranian proxy.  Hezbollah is a Shiite Arab terrorist group and quite unique among Arab terrorist organizations.  The enmity between Shiite and Sunni Arabs is well known and the House of Saud does not take kindly to those who support Iranian (Persian) terrorist proxies in the Arab world.  Hezbollah is a serious threat to Sunni Arab regimes throughout the Persian Gulf.  Nasr was allowed to use CNN to demonize the Jewish State for years without repercussions.  Once she rattled the Saudis a little, she was given the boot so fast; she didn’t know what hit her. 

That is another reason Octavia Nasr’s firing isn’t making many headlines.  "The Jews" aren’t responsible for it and therefore, it isn’t news.

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