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25th March 2011
‘MY OL’ MATE’ LOSES HIS BALANCE
SKEWING THE TRUTH
[You might want to click here to read what shocked Louise Bagshawe and then pop back up here. This post is mainly around Peter Reynolds, for obvious reasons]
I really don’t know where to start on this one. I kind of like Peter. Or at least I thought I did.
We don’t know each other personally but in our online communications we have left comments at our respective blogs. And since, unlike a lot of extremists, he doesn’t want to hang Tony Blair (thank God for that! I have enough of that lot to fight off) and he does realise that there are issues with at least some elements of Islam, I’ve kind of taken to him. Or so I thought.
He’s a talented man. A published author he is presently writing a novel which is timely and sounds intriguing. And he is a prime mover, in fact recently elected leader of a new political group/party dedicated to legalising cannabis. So he isn’t short of a brain cell. I assume. His book might just pay for his lost deposit. But that’s for him to worry about.
But Peter’s rant here Nazionist Thugs Hide Behind Gaddafi is beyond belief.
Beneath contempt. Unbelievably naive. Discreditable balderdash. Historically ignorant. Deplorable. Potentially perilous. And above all very, very worrying.
Any pretence at balance has been skewed into oblivion in this post of his. In my time I’ve been accused by one or two oddballs of being racist, and I won’t stoop so low as to accuse Peter of the same. But he has clearly swallowed the left-wing worldview of Israel without letting it touch the insides of his cheeks. He hasn’t chewed on it long enough to spit it out in disgust. He certainly hasn’t allowed his taste buds to linger on the poisonous effect on his intellectual digestive system.
I could link to umpteen sources which would prove (though how can one prove anything to made-up minds?) that Peter is wrong in this determined effort to show Israel bad/illegitimate and the Palestinians good/victimised. There is little point. Peter wouldn’t read them. Of course he expects that those who think Israel is by and large a good thing, should read any links he and like minds send us ‘proving’ the opposite and be instantly converted to the truth and the light. Won’t happen, Peter.
In case you missed his post, let me offer some snippets and a light-touch analysis. (Yes, this is my go at “light touch”.)
To get started it’s best if I let his words speak for themselves.
THE DEPTHS OF EXTREMIST VIEWS
Like all of us Peter has a right to take extreme positions. I’ve been accused of the same myself. It’s clearly the height of evil insanity and possibly dangerous to the future of mankind to actually believe in someone, since we all know the very purpose of blogs is to be ANTI. Worse still when a blog has the audacity to support someone who has spent most of his adult life serving his country! Good Lord! Whatever next? Democracy a la Arab Spring?
But my time-consuming pastime aside, I have to tell you that I take gut-wrenching exception to those taking an extreme anti position towards Israel and Israelis, variously described thus by Peter -
- “vicious Nazionist warmongers”
- “Nazionist Israel is a foul slur on humanity”
- “The Israelis are the real terrorists”
- “Israeli fascists”
- “they are the most despicable bullies in the Middle East.”
- “Most of the responsibility for the human misery is theirs.”
It evades me completely how Peter does not see that he is condemned by his own writings. In response to a commenter he says -
- “It [Israel] is the greatest single force of evil in the world.”
That means it’s worse than “The Great Satan” – pre-Obama, of course.
To another commenter, he says this -
- “In my opinion, your perspective is biased, unjust, pompous, self-righteous and false. Nevertheless you’re welcome to come here and debate. [...] I really am surprised and disappointed in you. You’ve let yourself down.”
Reading this, the words pot-kettle-black leapt into mind.
CONTEMPTIBLE GRAUNIAD MORAL RELATIVISM
If it wasn’t Peter Reynolds saying this I’d assume I’d accidentally wandered into the contemptible moral relativistic world of the everyday home-loving folks at Guardianisto Comment is Free Numptyland. I’d then treat it with the contempt it would deserve.
In case you didn’t realise how in-tune he is with many in this country, Peter has had plenty of supportive comments at his site. But this comment would not have pleased him:
Peter I feel as the head of the LCA its important that you have some sense of neutrality on such sensitive political issues that have nothing to do with cannabis, or you risk aliening your members, some of who voted for you!!!
You mention in your rant that two Palestinian children were killed by shells. You don’t mention the family that was slaughter in there beds the youngest being a little baby.
And he gets quite uppity to an American commenter who leaves him with this link from the viewpoint of a Palestinian – ‘The concept of the “evil Jew” has made a well-disguised comeback: Criticizing Israel and Zionists, is now deemed a legitimate option to cursing Jews and Judaism. Not only is it open, socially acceptable and legal, but it can actually bring prosperity and popularity.’
In all fairness, Peter, Mudar Zahran (a Palestinain from Jordan) has your number. Read it, Peter. Then, take a long look in the mirror. http://www.hudson-ny.org/1979/anti-semitism-20
Peter responds most politely(?) -
“What is it with you pro-zionist, self-righteous smartarses? Have you forgotten your manners or have you just completely lost the ability to debate the issue rather than make personal attacks?”
Manners? Personally I don’t quite see how that is “forgetting manners” considering what prejudiced bilge the commenter is responding to. Debate is hardly necessary when one reads the article from the Palestinian; “when one reads” being the operative phrase.
DESPERATE SUICIDE BOMBERS … UNDERSTANDABLE … COURAGEOUS
But if you think this know-all diatribe of argued reason as to why Israel is to blame for the world’s problems may be a touch reprehensible, take a look at this, also from Peter:
- “Suicide bombing is a desperate but understandable response. The courage of the Palestinian martyrs who choose this route is beyond doubt.”
I don’t know about you but I denounce ANY sort of suicide
bombing MURDER. “Martyr” themselves if they must, but not others for company on the journey.
But to make sure we know he knows what he’s talking about Peter opines -
- “Israel is responsible for far more death and misery and oppression than Gaddafi.”
And just to prove he is a man of peace and love and that he wishes no one any personal harm, he states -
- “We should be dropping Tomahawk missiles on Netanyahu’s head and on his airfields and war machinery.”
But if none of the above gets your juices flowing, which it won’t if you also suffer from Reynolds Raddled Brain Syndrome, Peter tops it all with this -
- “Nazionist Israel is a foul slur on humanity and the spineless Americans and British politicians who fail to defend Palestine are every bit as criminal as Gaddafi.”
So that’s you told, evil, criminal allies of Israel. In other words most of the west.
Lest Peter and I are about to fall out over, well, something or other, let me just say this -
NAZIONISM… ME OL’ MATE, ME OL’ CHUM… DOESN’T EXIST
Today’s ‘Nazis’ are not the people in a state which holds its politicians accountable under the law. Recently a former Israeli prime minister was indicted in a court of law on corruption charges and a former president was imprisoned for seven years on sex charges. Does that happen in “Nazi” states?
Today’s ‘Nazis’ are not the people who have been rocket-attacked for years while the world blamed the victims and not the perpetrators.
Today’s ‘Nazis’, Peter, are the Islamist fundamentalists and YOU know it. They are not the residents of the only state in the Middle East that is a fully fledged, mature democracy where all citizens, Palestinians included, have the vote.
Today’s ‘Nazis’ are people who belong to an ‘…ism’ which has not sufficiently discouraged this -
Pause for breath … breathe deeply
I pause before sending you to this site, OR DIRECTLY TO the video here. It is utterly sickening and for more than one reason, truly horrific. Please do not go there if your stomach isn’t iron-clad. You’ve been warned. (Source - “Al Qaeda’s Agenda: Recruit (Kill) the Children”)
WARNING. THE MOST GRAPHIC AND SHOCKING VIDEO I HAVE EVER SEEN. AND BELIEVE ME I’VE SEEN FAR TOO MANY VIDEOS FROM MEMBERS OF THIS “ISM”
LOUISE BAGSHAWE, MP
I am particularly grateful to a website called Honest Reporting. It pointed me to an article by this MP – Louise Bagshawe – who actually noticed that the publicly funded BBC failed to mention this slaughter of an Israeli baby, two of her brothers and their parents. From Honest Reporting – Reuters redefines terrorist attack
Reuters seems to be cut from the same mould as the Beeb; ignoring or spinning. Irresponsible behaviour.
Yesterday Ms Bagshawe asked this at The Telegraph:
‘A family slaughtered in Israel – doesn’t the BBC care?’
She referred particularly to one of the murdered children, Elad, at four years old, the same age as one of her own children.
I could have told her the answer to her question.
NO! NO! NO!!! The BBC doesn’t care. Like the Guardian it reports nothing that might elucidate the minds of the anti-Israel brainwashed. These barbaric murders weren’t mentioned on BBC1’s Question Time, Radio 4’s Any Questions or BBC2’s Newsnight. Nor did it merit a one-minute slot on the BBC’s 24-hour news.
The picture below shows little Elad after he was found with multiple stab wounds and his throat cut.
What kind of animals can do this to this innocent child and his brother and their baby sister, a few months old, as well as their parents? The murderer(s) did not even have the “courage” to “martyr” themselves, Peter. [More of this family's slaughter here]
“Who is Tamar Fogel? The chances are that you will have no idea. She is a 12-year-old girl who arrived home late on Friday, March 11, to discover her family had been slaughtered. Her parents had been stabbed to death; the throat of her 11-year-old brother, Yoav, had been slit. Her four-year-old brother, Elad, whose throat had also been cut, was still alive, with a faint pulse, but medics were unable to save him. Tamar’s sister, Hadas, three months old, had also been killed. Her head had been sawn off.
There were two other Fogel brothers sleeping in an adjacent room. When woken by their big sister trying to get into a locked house, Roi, aged six, let her in. After Tamar discovered the bodies, her screaming alerted their neighbour who rushed in to help and described finding two-year-old Yishai desperately shaking his parents’ blood-soaked corpses, trying to wake them up.
I found out about the barbaric attack not on BBC news, but via Twitter on Monday. I followed a link there to a piece by Mark Steyn entitled “Dead Jews is no news’. Horrified, I went to the BBC website to find out more. There I discovered only two stories: one a cursory description of the incident in Itamar, a West Bank settlement, and another focusing on Israel’s decision to build more settlements, which mentioned the killings in passing.
Like many of us, I consider the BBC to be a national treasure. I am not a BBC basher; I have never before complained. I do not support nor do I condone the Israeli settlement building. But none of that matters. This is a story about three children and their parents, slain with incredible cruelty, and its effect on the peace process. As a mother, I am shocked at the silence. As a politician, I am dismayed at the apparent bias and indifference. Yes, I will be filing a complaint – about a story I never heard. I hope Daily Telegraph readers will join me.” [More here]
Louise Bagshawe is MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire
Forget crooked politicians, Peter, we are being manipulated by a crowd of uncaring, dishonest and dishonourable journalists and broadcasters of the ultra-left anti-Israel faction.
I know I shouldn’t be feeling grateful that ONE MP has mentioned it. (Tony Blair condemned it too, but he’s no longer an MP. ) Apart from Ms Bagshawe and Mr Blair no other public figure seems to give a damn. They sure as hell noticed!
I should be bloody furious. And I am. Ms Bagshawe is a new MP and has not been around long enough to understand that mention anything which shows sympathy, even empathy for Israel and its people and you’re out of the promotion running. Yes, even in the Conservative party.
Still, this is a start. It means that at least ONE of our MPs is noticing BBC bias. She is almost alone.
Also from Honest Reporting – Stories the media missed
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