I see that the White House is calling the suggestion that George W. Bush suggested bombing the headquarters of Aljazeera in Qatar (a friendly state) outlandish . Anyone who watched BBC’s Newsnight last night will have seen Frank Gaffney defending (indeed advocating) attacking Aljazeera as entirely legitimate on the grounds that the station is an arm of enemy propaganda. There is also the small matter of the fact that the civil servants who leaked the transcript of the Bush—Blair conversation are facing prosecution for doing so and that the Daily Mirror has been subjected to pressure . It is hard to see how someone could “leak” or could be prosecuted for leaking a document if it was other than genuine. One of the neocon themes has been the need for free institutions in the Arab world. Such institutions presumably involve a free and independent media. And yet the closest thing to such a media in the region is discussed as a possible target of attack (and indeed there have been numerous “accidental” attacks on Aljazeera staff).