Just got wind that lots of folks pissed off about Peter Arnett's comments on Iraqi television. While I don't hold out much respect for journalists in their ability to practice journalism, this incident is very suspicious. I would like to point out that the Iraqi regime is cornered like it has never been before. There are many people, besides Saddam, fighting for their lives, and Peter Arnett or "world opinion" is the least of their worries. If Peter Arnett survives this and emerges saying he was coerced it will not matter much in the press. He may emerge a week from now when the effects of his statements, intended or not, have passed. If you are wondering how they will play out notice how much play an explosion in a marketplace has gotten compared to the summary execution of POWs. He may just disappear, poor guy. If this is what Arnett calls journalism his career is over.
Personally, I think the guy is in over his head. He pushed the envelope, went to Baghdad, and now... God help him.
UPDATE: Apparently, Pete did not have a gun to his head. He was seen apologizing for his comments. Quite the journalist, that Arnett.