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Last updated on July 21st, 2017 at 03:24 pm

Our Al-Jazeerah friend William Hardiker continues his wild pursuit of Douglas Wood:

The kidnapping leaves open questions irrelevant to the Illegal and unjust invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Those questions are irrelevant? Good. We won’t ask them, then.

It is an example of the widespread corruption in the so called reconstruction business and the unregulated handout of contracts to coalition states. In a footnote , I would like to point out to critics such as Tim Blair and his naive readers, nothing can be taken at face value or for granted with one eyed prejudice as published in much of our mainstream media.

You heard the man. Stop taking at face value anything published in the mainstream media! From now on, just for a change, we must be less trusting.

Posted by Tim B. on 07/20/2005 at 10:44 AM
    1. Wow, that must be a real blow to all readers here.  We had so much trust in the MSM.  My world is shattered.

      Posted by Melanie on 07/20 at 10:59 AM • permalink


    1. Question authority!

      Posted by Mr. Bingley on 07/20 at 11:08 AM • permalink


    1. The questions are:
      Why do these Islamists pick on old-men and women?  Are you all chickens?
      If god is on Islams side, why do muslims allways live in shitholes when compared to the west?
      The west can manufacture a bomb payload steering device in considerably less time than an Islamic womb can do the same for their low tech answer.  How do you think you’re going to win when it comes to the grind?
      We’re decimating jihadis in Iraq with around 150,000 warriors.
      “In 1939, the United States had about 174,000 men in the Army; 126,400 in the Navy; 26,000 in the Army Air Corps; 19,700 in the Marine Corps; and 10,000 in the Coast Guard. At the height of its strength in 1945, the United States had six million in the Army; 3,400,000 in the Navy; 2,400,000 in the Army air forces; 484,000 in the Marine Corps; and 170,000 in the Coast Guard. In 1939, the United States had about 2,500 airplanes and 760 warships. By 1945, it had about 80,000 airplanes and 2,500 warships.” The population has grown bigger and the economy is much bigger now than 1945.  Those numbers could be doubled and in half the time.
      Islamists should face up to the fact they are commiting suicide not just for themselves but probably for every muslim on the planet.

      Posted by Rob Read on 07/20 at 11:22 AM • permalink


    1. Whoa! Hardiker’s thought process seems to follow the same general trajectory as air through a french horn. The way I read it, Tim, he’s quite possibly implying that YOU are “mainstream media” – in which case, congratulations! Do what you can to shake the place up. And wth is “one eyed prejudice”? If one eye sees truthfully and the other one is prejudiced, wouldn’t your eyeballs bulge like those of a chameleon? Would you even be able to get a driving license (you couldn’t in the states)? But what do I know – I’m just one of your naive (but faithful) readers.

      Posted by paco on 07/20 at 11:53 AM • permalink


    1. From your lips to my ears, comrade Hardiker.

      Posted by BruceW on 07/20 at 12:09 PM • permalink


    1. Bruce: I have what you might call a somewhat lower opinion of Hardiker.

      Posted by paco on 07/20 at 12:31 PM • permalink


    1. You heard the man. Stop taking at face value anything published in the mainstream media! From now on, just for a change, we must be less trusting.


      Posted by RebeccaH on 07/20 at 12:32 PM • permalink


    1. ”… so called reconstruction business and the unregulated handout of contracts to coalition states.”

      This was a problem near the start of the reconstruction.  It is not the case now.  Most of the Iraqi reconstruction work is run through the Project and Contracting Office.

      In case the link above doesn’t work, here it is for cutting and pasting into the address box:,80077&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

      If you click on “Business Participation”, and then the “Vendor” tab, you can query for vendors (the layout is a little flakey, but the browser query does work).  There’s at least 500 registered for solicitations.  Doing a quick count by nation, some 160 firms are from Iraq.  A lot of the other firms are from: Turkey, UAE, Singapore, Jordan, and so on.  Yep, there are some that are from the USA and UK, probably Australia.  So what?  This is what is called a “free market”. 

      How much money actually goes to the Iraqis?  Dig in, and find out.  There are facts at the web site galore.  True, the PCO is run by the US Government, but it would be a pleasant change to see people actually researching their opinions.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 07/20 at 01:47 PM • permalink


    1. … we must be less trusting.

      I’m not sure that’s humanly possible.

      Posted by Achillea on 07/20 at 04:36 PM • permalink


    1. Definition of Trust:  Only googling 5 keyword links.

      Google Journalist name: Are they linked to group they are “impartially” reporting on?
      Google “experts” name in interview:  What are their qualifications?  What else have they written?  Who did they donate too?  Who do they work for?
      Google “Experts” organisation:  Who funds them? Who else works for them?  Has the organisations previous advice appeared sound?
      Google for changes in content between different versions of the same story. Are there “anonymous” or unnatributed “quotes” in the article?

      Once you’ve done all that then you can trust.

      Posted by Rob Read on 07/20 at 05:14 PM • permalink


    1. Ever notice that “naive” is Evian spelled backwards?

      Posted by mojo on 07/20 at 05:42 PM • permalink


    1. I’m getting sick of this endless bleating from the left that their views aren’t reflected in the MSM.

      Do people like Hardiker skip over Marr, Manne, Ackland, Carlton, Adams, Horin, Lane, Ellis, the entire reporting of the ABC, SBS and the Age etc etc. Well they probably should but that doesn’t mean they’re not there.

      Posted by Francis H on 07/20 at 06:25 PM • permalink


    1. so called reconstruction business

      Truht To Power !!!

      Posted by guinsPen on 07/20 at 07:45 PM • permalink


    1. Maybe lefties like Hardiker need to be less naive towards the MSM. Sometimes it seems like the argument evolves like this: Lefty MSM journalists pretend to be objective, and lefties take that at face value. Hence, claims like “no lefty bias in journalism” and the somewhat-stronger “lefty viewpoints do not get a fair hearing in the MSM”.

      Alternatively they’re just lying sacks of shit or reality-deficient leftomatons, of course.

      Posted by PW on 07/20 at 08:25 PM • permalink


    1. Francis—their beef is that what’s in the press isn’t left enough.

      Posted by Rob Crawford on 07/20 at 08:27 PM • permalink


    1. That’s got to be a gag name, like Dirk Diggler, King Dong or Johnny Wad. Anyone seen any of his movies?

      Posted by Habib on 07/20 at 09:37 PM • permalink


    1. Question for Comrade Hardiker:

      Is Playboy Magazine considered “mainstream media” and if so, should I discount ‘face value’ and focus on what lies below?

      Just checking….

      Posted by JDB on 07/20 at 09:38 PM • permalink


    1. Bill Sofdiker Before He Bills You.

      Posted by guinsPen on 07/20 at 10:11 PM • permalink


    1. Slightly OT: How about nominating Douglas Wood for Australian of the Year? It’s bound to upset a few people (although I guess we could achieve the same thing by nominating Shane Warne).

      online nomination form

      Posted by ArtVandelay on 07/20 at 11:26 PM • permalink


    1. ArtVandelay

      Heheheh. That is a marvelous idea.

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 07/21 at 01:00 AM • permalink


    1. Many thanks Spiny Norman. In case anyone’s thinking about nominating him and wants a few ideas: I talked about his determination, courage and demonstration of the true Australian spirit in difficult circumstances. I also acknowledged his work to rebuild and further develop Iraq.

      (I’m talking about Douglas Wood rather than Warney 😉

      Posted by ArtVandelay on 07/21 at 02:52 AM • permalink


    1. in nominating Douglas we all need to use different words i suppose, but here’s my contribution…

      I believe Mr Douglas Wood should be the Australian of the Year for his activities in Iraq in trying to help rebuild the infrastructure of that nation and helping provide a better life for the people over there, obviously at great risk to his own safety, and also for the true aussie spirit he showed and dignified manner in which he sustained himself throughout his kidnapping and period of captivity and on his release. 

      I think throughout his ordeal he showed many of the traits Australians are proud of and like to see in themselves, telling it how it is, showing appreciation to those who helped him, and maintaining a never give in attitude to his terrorist captors.  I think his conduct both during and after the event have won him the support and affection of a large number of Australians!

      Wonder how many nominations would get him over the line?????

      Posted by casanova on 07/21 at 05:08 AM • permalink


    1. What about Mark Latham, for his efforts to raise awareness about the real problems encountered by testicularly challenged sociopathic egomaniacs?
      We now know to never ever vote for one of the bollock-bereft bozos.

      Posted by Habib on 07/21 at 06:24 AM • permalink


    1. Oh my!

      Maybe Karl Rove did not single-handedly destroy the CIA? Maybe Joe Wilson is a pathological liar? Uh….uh…uh…thud!

      Posted by Marcus Aurelius on 07/21 at 07:51 AM • permalink


    1. Does this make me critically naive?

      Posted by gubbaboy on 07/21 at 07:58 AM • permalink


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