Mr. Uka’s Lesson: Know Your Enemy or Die

-By I.J. Toby Westerman

Four decades ago the U.S. national media misinformed the American public about the events taking place in a place called South Vietnam. The result was America’s first military defeat (although we never lost a major battle) and the destruction of brave allies some 10,000 miles away from American shores.

Today, the same media combine continues to mislead the American public. The enemy, however, is now within our borders. At risk this very moment is not some far away ally, but the very existence of our own nation.

America can no longer afford to tolerate the distortions of the “mainline” media about the threats which are upon us. Information is essential to understanding these threats, but the “mainline” media has left the public uninformed and, therefore, dangerously vulnerable.

One example is the recent shooting of American service personnel in Germany.

Arid Uka went on a shooting spree Wednesday, March 2 at the Frankfurt, Germany airport killing two U.S. service members. Uka, whose parents had lived in Germany for 40 years, worked at the airport which is a transit point for U.S. military personnel into and out of Europe. Uka asked his victims if they were going to Afghanistan. When they replied yes, and then he shot them.

Press reports state that Uka was a lone Islamic fanatic, but German sources reveal that Uka was a devote of a particularly rabid brand of Islamic militancy called Salafism, and his Facebook account was a “he posted his rants and kept in touch with like-minded fanatics.

The members of the German press had no difficulty in quickly reporting the above facts, unlike their American counterparts. U.S. reports on the deadly attack played down Uka’s ties to militant Islam.

Bloody fanatics “acting alone” but still identifying with Islam’s militant factions have been already active in the U.S The most shocking was in 2009, when American born Army Major Nidal Hasan killed 13 and wounded 29 more in the Fort Hood attack. Other attacks have been foiled ranging from the use of car bombs to baby dolls.

Uka’s attack should alert Americans not only to society’s vulnerability to assault from what might be called a “lone wolf,” but to the fundamental threat caused by influential media personnel who refuse to adequately report the kind of enemy America, and the world, now faces.

The U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, chaired by Representative Peter T. King, is beginning its investigations into the radicalization of Muslims in the U.S. It would also be within the scope of this Committee to examine how fundamentalist attacks are reported by the still powerful “mainline” media.

Is there an element of coercion influencing reporting on militant Islam? What is the role played by “politically correct” assumptions in reports? Is money playing a role?

A report from Britain’s Telegraph states that millions of dollars have flowed from Saudi Arabia to British universities in an attempt to “change the intellectual climate” in Britain regarding Islam.

Is the same thing happening here on a similar scale?

The so-called “mainline” media must be held to public account for its tepid response to a national crisis.

Answers are needed, the lives of millions, possibly the survival of the nation depend upon how the public is informed – or misinformed.

Congress must begin investigations to find the answers.
I.J. Toby Westerman is editor and publisher of International News Analysis, the independent journal of contemporary world political, social, and economic developments, and its Internet presence, International News Analysis Today ( and

International News Analysis and International News Analysis Today are tenacious and unyielding in their determination to make understandable the parade of seemingly unrelated events of the day, and to expose the deception and misinformation which passes for news in the media.

Militant Islam, China, Russia, and the continuing influence of Communism in the world are major areas of investigation for Westerman and International News Analysis.

Westerman broke the story of the relationship between Fidel Castro and Communist China during a series of articles on the Elian Gonzalez tragedy, and disclosed to the public the Cuban regime’s reliance on the U.S. elite liberal media.

Westerman documented The New York Times’ continuing refusal to answer the demands of Ukrainian-American activists and acknowledge the lies and distortions of its one-time Moscow correspondent, “Stalin’s Apologist,” Walter Duranty.

Westerman has also contributed hundreds of articles to various news publications, both in print and on the Internet.

In addition to years of experience as a journalist, Westerman is a member of the National Organization of Scholars, and has been inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society in History, and Phi Sigma Tau, the national honor society in Philosophy.

Westerman has completed three years of post-Masters work toward the Ph.D. in Eastern and Western European history at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. His studies emphasized Byzantium and Muslim expansion from the earliest conquests in the seventh century to the fall of Constantinople.

Substantial linguistic background in modern languages, as well as classical Greek and Latin, support Westerman’s research and investigations.

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