Thursday, January 13, 2005

Guardian Proves Itself Wrong

In a puff piece for a BBC documentary questioning the existence of the al-Qaeda terrorist organization, the United Kingdom's Guardian makes this outrageous assertion [emphasis added]:
"Curtis points out that al-Qaida did not even have a name until early 2001, when the American government decided to prosecute Bin Laden in his absence and had to use anti-Mafia laws that required the existence of a named criminal organisation."
The Guardian's own archives prove this wrong. In a story from January 2rd, 1999, the Guardian quotes the Observer thus[emphasis added]:
"In June, Bin Laden convened an unprecedented meeting of Islamic terrorists under the umbrella of his Al-Qaida group."
The Dread Pundit Bluto really likes it when they make it so easy.