Never mind the bollocks. Here’s John Pilger

JOHN PILGER GOING UNDERGROUND

Anyone who hasn’t seen this wonderful interview with John Pilger should watch. At any rate you should watch if you are interested in the degradation of ‘journalism’ in the United Kingdom today. Channel Four News and Newsnight don’t escape criticism, quite rightly. The role of NATO in the rise of ISIS is exposed, as is the tippexing of these facts out of the picture by Channel Four News with every bit as much enthusiasm as it is from James Harding’s BBC and Rupert Murdoch’s SKY News.

Whistle-blowers within all the mainstream news networks should be encouraged, and they should use the NUJ to provide collective resistance to their British Establishment editors and proprietors. They have to cooperate across networks, protecting each other, and appealing to viewers and citizen journalists to get the facts across, using anonymous twitter accounts to spread the word when their bosses put words in their mouths that they don’t support, words they know to be propaganda from the Confederation of British Industry and British Intelligence, or some other out-of-control corrupter of the democratic process.

John Pilger could be picked up for the use of a phrase that seemed to underestimate the potential of ISIS to create so much havoc. But these monsters have been created by NATO bombing and corruption, indifference to civilian casualties, so-called collateral damage. Treat people like animals and don’t be surprised if the respond in like manner. Those in control of ISIS are psychopaths, just like Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge. The genocidal rampage of both groups can be traced to NATO’s illegal bombing, and more illegal bombing won’t cure this disease.

Refuge crises are what we have in Iraq and Syria, and elsewhere. These victims of NATO’s illegal wars are the responsibility of those who created this mess. “If you broke it, you own it” is an excellent principle. But what NATO now owns is responsibility to rehouse those driven out of their homes by these ISIS monsters, responsibility to give them jobs, to give them security.

In Britain, the United States and elsewhere, we need to provide safe havens for refugees. What these people do not need is ad hoc refugee camps set up on the border of Syria and Iraq that simply allow them to die a slow death from starvation, lack of clean water and medicine, with disease finishing the job for ISIS. We do not want humanitarian volunteers looking on totally impotent to do anything, due to lack of resources. That situation would simply allow the British Establishment editors at Channel Four News, SKY News and the BBC to turn off their cameras, once more distracting British voters with stories about cats stuck up trees, Royal babies smiling, a lottery winner’s good luck which ‘proves’ that any of us can be winners, or maybe George Osborne making a ‘wonderful’ speech that proves why we need another Tory government.

There may be the recall of parliament before too long. Part of me dreads this because the most likely proposals put to MPs are going to be awful. Ed Miliband’s front bench is liable to call for more military action because Obama wants that. They are liable not to think through the consequences of what they are saying, since almost everything Labour’s Shadow Cabinet says these days is calculated to take advantage of what they perceive are problems in whatever the Tories say. This is not serious politics. Playing devil’s advocate has a cost if you end up reinforcing others in an even worse position.

Despite the weakness of the Shadow Cabinet, I think parliament should be recalled. It should be recalled to tie the hands of David Cameron who wants to do what he wants when he wants. Voters cannot trust him not to launch a war for no good reason other than to get him out of a hole, to distract voters from everything else that is going wrong, with British soldiers and the Iraqi people mere puppets for this deluded Prime Minister.

Parliament should be recalled to allow the best MPs to make the case for humanitarian aid, and for ending George Osborne’s balancing the books by selling weapons to dictators and to those who impose apartheid in Palestine.

Parliament should be recalled to allow the best MPs to make the case for humanitarian aid taking the inevitable form of welcoming refugees. The sooner the better.

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2 Responses to Never mind the bollocks. Here’s John Pilger

  1. sdbast says:

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

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