English is very much a world-wide language and it is not surprising that Al-Jazeera has chosen to begin an English-language broadcast. Al-Jazeera has every right to broadcast in English.
What surprises me, is the Western journalists that are involved with this enterprise. Nigel Parsons, a former BBC staffer is running Al-Jazeera International. David Frost, who will continue his work with the BBC, will host a weekly interview program for Al-Jazeera. Riz Kahn, formerly with the BBC and CNN International will host a Washington call-in show. Josh Rushing, a former Marine spokesman will become a reporter for Al-Jazeera.
This apparent rush to support Al-Jazeera is troubling to say the least. Its a bit like watching members of the Allied forces going to work for Germany or Japan's propaganda machine.