It was as recently 2006, when I was in the Lebanon, that I first became really aware of Robert Frisk. This was a man telling it as it was and with the IDF bully boys killing children, bombing civilians, murdering innocents there could be no doubt that Robert was telling the story as it was and he was telling it with a sense of purpose that enhanced the clarity of his reporting with the milk of human kindness. This was a concerned man and his global picture, his interpretation of events and, yes, even the details of his reporting invariably hit the nail on the head.
In yesterday’s ‘Independent’ Robert appears to get a bit lost when he writes about a secret letter that proves that Mousavi won the election in Iran.(1) Alright he does suggest that it might be a fake and the headline might even have been added to his report by someone back at the ‘Independent’ in London. Nevertheless, he is using the letter to argue at least that Mousavi won the election when in fact we just don’t know. Moreover, the content of the letter itself, which states that “Mr Mousavi has 19,075,623, Mr Karroubi 13,387,104, and Mr Ahmadinejad a mere 5,698,417,”(2) borders on the absurd considering the support that Ahmadinejad has among the poor in Iran. Indeed, as absurd as the official election results that were declared only hours after the polls had closed. In my opinion Robert should have gone a bit further than only suggest that this letter is a forgery; he would have done well to investigate where the forgery had come from. That would certainly be worth an investigation and a story.
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