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  The Guardian, the paper of reactionary religious conservatism

Hamas in The Guardian

The Guardian's support for the Iraqi resistance

Seumas Milne

The sickest thing ever written in The Guardian

Left-wing spin from the Guardian

Left-wing spin on Israel

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The Guardian

The UK newspaper The Guardian is perhaps the most dramatic illustration of the dilemma of the left in the current war.

For many years The Guardian has been pro-gay, pro-atheist, pro-feminist, anti-neo-nazi, anti-authoritarian, pro-sexual revolution, anti-censorship, but also anti-American.

Now, however, America is at war with Islamic religious maniacs who hate gays, atheists, women, Jews, liberal democracy, sex and free speech. So The Guardian is in a dilemma. Can it put its anti-Americanism temporarily aside to unite against a common enemy?

Sadly, no. Tragically, it has made the error of siding with America's enemies, even if they are fascists, no matter what the contradiction to its previous beliefs. So much so that it even publishes these religious maniacs. It is now the best paper if you want to read right-wing religious conservatism. How far it has fallen.





The Guardian, Nov 2013, defends the Saudi ban on women driving.
If you want a defence of right-wing religious oppression, The Guardian is for you.
But why would anyone who believes in liberal values buy this newspaper?
On principle, I will not buy it. I have not bought a copy since Sept 2001.



Hilarious piece in the Guardian, 16 Nov 2011.
If you too were "poor", and didn't fancy working, and "needed cash quickly", you too would plot to blow up Jewish synagogues and shoot down aircraft with missiles! Of course you would. We all would.
"Life is hard", so therefore ... I will kill Jews!
Have you guessed yet that this guy is an Islamic maniac? How do we know? Because the Guardian is making excuses for him. Can you imagine the Guardian making these excuses for a white supremacist plotting to do the same?





The Guardian, the paper of reactionary religious conservatism

The Guardian, the paper of reactionary religious fundamentalism, is called Al Guardian by the right.





Hamas in The Guardian



The Guardian, 13 February 2007, publishes the leader of Hamas.



The Guardian, 26 January 2011, publishes another Hamas terrorist.
One lovely reply to this enemy thug: "Perhaps Osama could tell us when the next Gazan elections will be?"



The Guardian, 8 June 2012, publishes the leader of Hamas in Gaza.
Ultra-right-wing, anti-semitic, religious fundamentalists are cool - if they are third world people.
Why would any liberal buy this newspaper?




The Guardian's support for the Iraqi fascist "resistance"



Seumas Milne




The pro-jihad Seumas Milne attacks Israel at a demo, Jan 2009.
He says about the violent Palestinian jihad against civilians that the Palestinians have "the right to resist". He does not condemn their violence against civilians.
He supports failure for counter-jihad forces across the Islamic world (Israel, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan).
He cheers on Hamas. He refers to their rocket attacks against civilians but does not condemn them.



The fanatic Milne tells an anti-Israel demo that the Palestinians "have the right to resist", London, 24 Nov 2012.
Why would any liberal democrat read this newspaper?




The sickest thing ever written in The Guardian

In between the endless support for third world fascist thugs fighting to enslave their own peoples, it is hard to single out any one piece in The Guardian. But here is one candidate.



Before we see his article, first we consider the brave Iraqi interpreters working for the allies in Iraq. These true heroes of Iraq are risking their lives to bring democracy, human rights and the rule of law to their country. These real Arab heroes risk a terrible death for them and their entire families, including their children, if the forces of totalitarianism and religious fundamentalism win. To any leftist, it is a no brainer: These men and women are heroes - fighting for human rights against people who do not believe in human rights. They are the people in Iraq who share the western left's values. They are the people in Iraq that the western left should stand beside unconditionally. And yet, blinded by hatred, many on the left don't see it that way.



OK, are you ready now? Now I can present you with my candidate for the sickest thing ever written in The Guardian. (And what a contest that would be.) Note that it seems this piece was only on their website, not in the paper:


  • Keep these quislings out: Calls from pro-war bloggers for Britain to grant asylum to Iraqi interpreters are truly nauseating (also here), Neil Clark, 10 Aug 2007.
    • Neil Clark, though British himself, sneers at anyone who helps the British army, describing them as "quislings" and collaborators, and saying that we should not protect them from a horrible death at the hands of Britain's enemies.
    • He then crosses the line to the dark side with this outrageous statement: "The interpreters did not work for "us", the British people, but for themselves - they are paid around £16 a day, an excellent wage in Iraq - and for an illegal occupying force. Let's not cast them as heroes. The true heroes in Iraq are those who have resisted the invasion of their country."
    • He claims, in his strange moral world, that deposing dictators is a crime: "all those who aided the occupation are complicit in what the Nuremburg judgment laid down as "the supreme international crime": the launching of an illegal war of aggression against a sovereign state." Maybe that's his moral world, but it's not mine. I don't see how any leftist could call a breach of sovereignty "the supreme international crime". Not when compared to genocide and democide. What is so holy about sovereignty? Why should we worship sovereignty? Surely human rights are far more important.
    • He claims that all invaders are always wrong, no matter who they depose: "how would you view fellow Britons who worked for the forces of a foreign occupier, if Britain were ever invaded? History tells us that down through history, Quislings have - surprise, surprise - not been well received, and the Iraqi people's animosity towards those who collaborated with US and British forces is only to be expected." The simple answer is that if Britain was a dictatorship, and was invaded by a democracy that removed the dictator, then Britain should welcome the invaders with open arms. Has Clark never even thought about this? Does he think the French would have been justified attacking invading American troops in 1944? If not, why not, according to his bizarre moral universe?
    • Comment: "Did it ever occur to you that poor, brown skinned people might actually be smart enough to support the idea of democracy and human rights, and believe that defending their democratically elected parliamentary government from the fascist, terrorist religious right of Islam might be a positive thing for the future of their society?" No, it doesn't seem to have occurred to him.
    • He is clearly opposed to the British army intervening to stop genocide in Sudan, or indeed anywhere else: "let's do all we can to keep the British army out of war zones. And in the meantime, let's do all we can to keep self-centred mercenaries who betrayed their fellow countrymen and women for financial gain out of Britain."

  • In the comments, Neil Clark keeps going:
    • Incredibly, he claims that the Iraqi resistance want to free their country (rather than enslave it): "Iraq was illegally invaded and the Iraqi people have a right of self defence. If they're not allowed to take up arms to try and free their country what rights do the Iraqi people have?"
    • He rejoices in the fact that tens of thousands of Iraqis and allies have died as the forces of totalitarianism fight to enslave Iraq: "I am pleased that Britain and the US have had a major setback in Iraq, in the same way I'm pleased that the German invasion of the Soviet Union was defeated."
    • He claims to be "anti-war" yet is almost gung-ho in support of violence: "I do think that when a country is illegally invaded, its people have a right to resist. We quite rightly see the French resistance in world war two as heroes, yet when it comes to Iraqis - all action against the occupying forces is denounced as terrorism".
    • Here's a question for the war-loving Clark: Why didn't the Iraqi resistance form political parties and stand in the Iraqi election? If people support them, they could win the election and then ask America to leave. Why didn't they try that? Why do they turn immediately to roadside bombs and mass killings in marketplaces, without even attempting to get people to vote for them?
    • If you can understand why the jihadis go straight to violence without even attempting civil disobedience, or trying to win elections, then ... well, then you would actually understand the jihadi resistance.



What can you say in response to such an article? What can you say in response to such hatred of decency and such praise for evil? All you can do is be amazed by the diversity of western intellectuals.

From Hitler to Lenin to Trotsky to Stalin to Khrushchev to Mao to Pol Pot to Castro to Ho Chi Minh to Saddam Hussein to the Ayatollah Khomeini to the PLO to Hamas to Hezbollah to Milosevic to Al Qaeda to the Iraqi resistance - It seems that every single evil in the world has been supported by at least one western intellectual. It doesn't seem to matter what bleak, grinding totalitarian vision you are fighting for, or what staggering, inhuman barbarisms you commit. There will always be at least one western intellectual willing to call you a "hero".



Left-wing spin from the Guardian

I mostly stick here to covering actual support for fascism by the Guardian. Accounts of just left-wing, anti-US, anti-Israel, pro-Arab, pro-Islam spin could go on forever. That's what they do - just as the Telegraph spins things the other way. Everybody spins.
  


Double standards on Islam

Two items in the same month, Apr 2011, eloquently demonstrate the Guardian's double standards on Islam.

Anyone who offends Islam must be held accountable. Anyone who offends Christianity has done nothing wrong.



A Florida pastor burns the Koran on 20 Mar 2011. Angry Islamic mobs kill random innocents in response.
The Guardian, 2 Apr 2011, blames the Florida pastor, not Islam.



Andres Serrano's photograph "Piss Christ", which has been upsetting Christians since 1987, is attacked by Christian protesters in France on 17 Apr 2011.
Oddly, the Guardian, 18 Apr 2011, does not blame Serrano for "enraging" the Christians.
They do not demand that Serrano expresses "regret".
Unlike with Jones, they let Serrano off the hook. In fact, they blame someone who has nothing to do with either the art or the protests - President Sarkozy!



How the Guardian did not report the attack.
(I am not saying they should have reported it this way. I am pointing out how absurd is their double standard on Islam.)




Left-wing spin on Israel

Obviously we could not possibly cover the entire ocean of hatred directed at Israel by The Guardian for decades. But here are a few examples of spin in the news section (separate to the hatred in the opinion section).



The Guardian spins the news, 14 March 2011, as it reports on the barbaric killings at Itamar.
It claims that the Palestinians are shocked by the killings.
No evidence is presented in the article that this is true.
Noted here.
(In fact, there were some Palestinians who were shocked, but there is no evidence that Sherwood or the Guardian knew of their existence.)



Unnamed dead Palestinian.
From "24 hours in pictures", The Guardian, 28 December 2011.
As CiF Watch asks, why did the Guardian omit the information that this guy was an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist who was killed by the brave IDF.
If you want the full story, you won't get it in the Guardian.




The New Statesman

Like the Guardian, the left-wing New Statesman is also in love with conservative religious reactionaries. Provided they come from "Religions that their parents don't belong to".

Alright, provided they come from Islam.





The Independent



"Orwell's Newspaper" - Charles Johnson (when he was good) on Robert Fisk's newspaper The Independent, June 28, 2006.
The Israelis, who only want (and only ever wanted!) to live in peace side by side with the Arabs, are represented as the camp of "War".
Hamas, who want to war without end until they have exterminated or expelled every Jew from Israel, are represented as the camp of "Peace".



"Anti-Soviet warrior puts his army on the road to peace".
That's how The Independent titled an interview with Osama Bin Laden by Robert Fisk in Sudan in 1993.
Oh you really get the insights into the future at The Independent!



Darius Guppy in The Independent

The Independent publishes the pro-Iran apologist Darius Guppy (British-Iranian, grandson of an Iranian ayatollah).




 
"Imagine, if you will, someone who read only "Reader's Digest" between 1950 and 1970, and someone in the same period who read only "The Nation" or "The New Statesman". Which reader would have been better informed about the realities of Communism? The answer, I think, should give us pause. Can it be that our enemies were right?"
- A 1982 confession of doubt from Susan Sontag. Quoted here.
The same could be said about the Guardian. Yes, it is high-brow. But who, after all these years, and all those sophisticated whitewashes, understands Islamism and jihadism better? The simple Daily Mail reader, or the "nuanced" and morally-ambiguous Guardian reader?

"The KGB loved the Guardian. It was deemed highly susceptible to penetration."
- Soviet defector Oleg Gordievsky on the Soviet Union trying to recruit agents at The Guardian during the Cold War.
Guardian literary editor Richard Gott was claimed to be a KGB agent. He disputes this.





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