How Propaganda Breeds Hate

I happened to be in the room earlier when some books were being unpacked. Among them was “The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq”:http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0152054456/ref=pd_bxgy_text_1/103-6890508-0880626?v=glance&s=books&st=*. I flipped through it and thought it a rather unlikely account, but was not concerned about it. It was a short time later that I happened to read “Alia’s Mission( Alia’s Mission)”:http://www.brokenkode.com/archives/alias-mission/. I was going to leave what I write below as a comment, but I decided instead to write it here, and let Trackback do it’s job. It is probably a little harsher than what I usually write around here, but I felt it is important to say it. Khaled, you really ought to take some time to examine “the facts(Media blamed for exaggerating loss of antiquities)”:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/05/22/wloot22.xml before you get so upset over some long discredited “propaganda(Hoaxes, Hype and Humiliation)”:http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A52824-2003Jun12&notFound=true. Only “26 items(Looted Antiquities from The National Museum of Iraq – A Provisional List)”:http://minervamagazine.com/exclusives/iraq_01.php have ever been confirmed as missing, and they may be included in some “3000 objects(Archaeologists Warn of Iraq War’s Devastation)”:http://www.afsc.org/pwork/0304/030416.htm that had been stolen from Iraqi museums and sites by 1996. The biggest problem in the world day are the people who allow “hatred(Internet and Tragedy)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2001/09/tragedy to blind them to facts. I sincerely hope you will rethink what you wrote.

Posted by Michael K Pate

Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997. Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident. Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida. He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995. However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999. In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.