Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Right on cue

And I thought I was being tongue in cheek... fine, this does come from Alan "but I'm just an anti-Zionist, I don't really hate Jews" Hart, but this is someone who seems to make it onto the occasional interview with the mainstream media:

If Alan Johnston is dead, who, really, was responsible?
By Alan Hart

At a public meeting in London on Wednesday 11 April, I was asked for my thoughts (as a former ITN and BBC Panorama correspondent) about Alan Johnston's "disappearance" in Gaza. I said that I feared he could be dead, and that if he was, he might well have been shot in the head within minutes of being taken more than a month ago.

If Alan is dead, the truth about who killed him might be in accordance with the claim of the Tawhid al Jihad Brigades group that it was responsible; but it also might not be (repeat might not be).

The group which claimed responsibility in a fax to news agencies on 17 April is an Al Qaeda franchise (driven by events in Iraq), and was unknown in the Palestinian territories; and what can be said for certain is that the Palestinians were the party with absolutely nothing to gain and much to lose from Alan's permanent removal from the scene. And they had much to lose on two counts.

On Count One, Alan was not only the BBC's man, he was the only permanent foreign correspondent in Gaza. He was, in short, the best and most informed provider of news about the Palestinian side of the story; a story which, in many of its details, is an embarrassment to Israel and those governments, most notably the Bush and Blair regimes, which support Israel's efforts to break the will of the Palestinians to continue their struggle for an acceptable minimum of justice.

On Count Two, and if he has been murdered, Alan's death, if it could be blamed on a Palestinian or a pro-Palestinian Arab and/or other Islamist group, would be a huge political setback for the legitimacy of the Palestinian struggle and the present leadership of it. (The Al Qaeda franchise would not give a damn about harming the Palestinian cause).

There is a case for saying (repeat a case) that the party with most to gain from Alan Johnston's permanent disappearance was Israel. It would not be the first time that Israeli agents had dressed as Arabs to make a hit.

If Alan Johnston is dead, it's my hope that the BBC at executive management level will rise above its fear of offending Zionism too much and allow its reporters (Frank Gardner and Jeremy Bowen are second to none) to make a full, thorough and honest investigation.

I wasn't aware that the BBC had a track record of fear of offending Zionism. In fact, there is another "ism", beginning with an "I", that they tend to be a little more sycophantic towards. Anyway, I am sure the evil insidious Zionazis will take great pleasure in continuing their "false flag" plot to rid the world of journalists who pose a threat - I am waiting by my secret red Mossad phone for the call to dress up in my fave khefiyeh and track down Mr Hart.

Update: seems I am not the only one on the case: the best riposte is found over at News for Members of the Tribe.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So I know I promised to write as much as I can, but hell (Almost wrote heck for some reason..) you got me used to 1 entry every 2 weeks, so I need to adjust....... there I adjusted.

Now after reading all your entries since last time , and after carefully keeping track of the things I want to respond to in a temporary .txt file I shall respond :D

1- The Cloud Monkey, you mentioned it in one of the posts, I just figured I'll RE mention how AMAZINGLY funny that name is :D

2- Isra-aliens: Christ ! I hate when ppl call me an "Isaelian" for fucks sake! I aint an alien!
But somehow, I do feel smarter when they do that.. I wonder why.

3- I've grown tired of being synical towards this whole situation, 'cause quite frankly, as time goes by I realize Israel is doomed, 'cause its aint the 70's or the 80's when we could take care of things by ourselves, now we need the acceptance of others for some reason.

I don't know if you know the quote or the man, but it suits the situation wonderfuly:

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
John Stuart Mill
English economist & philosopher (1806 - 1873)

I feel like I'm defending europe's freedom, as if I'm the buffer zone for all of weed smoking, tea drinking, tree hugging, pasta making, hitler loving , watch making (etc etc) assholes.
If that's the case, I hope I'll die..'cause they aint worth it.