Today’s Lost Angeles Times, that circulation giant and revenue engine of the Tribune Company, runs a 24 column inch, page A-3 story on a “new” book by British author Philippe Sands, “Lawless World.”
I use quotes around the word “new,” because although the Times refers to the book that way, three graphs later the paper’s report oddly notes that the book was “initially published last year.”
Sands is a Blair critic, and he told the Times that impeachment of Blair should not be out of the question, stating that Blair “misled Parliament as to the state of his knowledge [about Hussein’s weapons], and he misled Parliament as to the extent to which he had or had not committed to the U.S. president the United Kingdom’s support, and that requires, at the very least, a full and thorough inquiry.”
Amazon reveals the Sands book was first published on October 20, 2005, and that it has been lifted in its Amazon rating from #15,052 yesterday to #2,677 at this writing. The Scotsman sheds some light: There’s a new edition of the book out. Searches of the Times of London, the Telegraph, and the Mirror do not yield any recent articles on Mr. Sands’ new edition or his allegations.
Perhaps the Los Angeles Times is scooping these British heavyweight papers? But not the left-wing Guardian, which published news of Mr. Sands’ new edition with its new allegations a week ago.
For comparison’s sake, I searched the Los Angeles Times’ website for articles on a new new book, “Saddam’s Secrets: How an Iraqi General Defied And Survived Saddam Hussein,” by Georges Sada, formerly a high ranking member of Saddam’s military, which was published on January 24, 2006, and ranked at #142 on Amazon yesterday. The result:
“No matches found on search for: georges sada”
Sada’s book is described thus by Publisher’s Weekly:
Former Iraqi General Sada delivers a riveting inside account of Saddam Hussein’s tyranny, including confirmation of the existence and hiding of weapons of mass destruction. Despite being a Christian and refusing to join the Baath Party, Sada was promoted to Saddam’s inner circle for his honest advice. Sada criticizes most countries and the United Nations (whose workers he accuses of accepting bribes) for their complicity in propagating Saddam’s regime. But he strongly praises Operation Iraqi Freedom, pointing out that no other country would take the first step. The book has an unexpectedly religious angle, being slightly Christian-centric and paranoid over Muslim population growth in the West. Regardless, Sada blames Saddam for destroying Iraq, but remains hopeful the nation will have a chance to become a modern society, fulfilling its great historical legacy.
Sada’s book has been widely ignored by MSM, even though it includes allegations that Saddam spirited WMD out of Iraq prior to the invasion. A search of Google News will find a smattering of reports about the book and that central allegation, but zero elite MSM coverage.
So why page 3 for Sands’ re-issued tome, and a blackout on Sada’s book?
Because Sands’ book can bear this headline “Book Casts Doubt on Case for War,” while Sada’s would have to come blazened with “Book Supports Case for War.”
The Los Angeles Times –America’s Guardian, without the snappy writing.