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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Time for a new breed

Who are the "terrorism experts" that constantly grace our screens? What are their backgrounds, qualifications and experience in the field? According to Lebanon's Daily Star columnist Rami G. Khouri, the West, and especially America, is being treated to "bravado, entertainment, 'kicking ass,' feel-good sentimentality, flag-waving patriotism, and "aw-shucks" amazement at the consistent capacity of foreigners, especially in the Arab and Islamic world, to behave according to the atavistic violence that defines them and their politics, history, religion and culture." (This also sounds like some contributors to this blog, mouthing clueless anti-Islam and blindly pro-Western propaganda.)

The key point: "Their guesswork is ideologically defined by the prevalent White House script of the day." And we can include Downing Street or Canberra, too. Are we receiving the information we want to hear or intelligence that offers uncomfortable positions on Western foreign policy decisions?

10 Comments:

Blogger Patriot Alliance Downunder said...

give it up mate, nobody wants to hear you, this is why there is next to no responses to your biased drivel.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005 12:54:00 pm  
Blogger The Oracle of Clunes said...

I am responding to aussie patriot. I am listening and while not commenting too much I hope to see more of Ant

Wednesday, August 24, 2005 1:15:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Ah, the bastion of rationality, the neo-Nazis. Thanks Aussie Patriot
Sorry I can't provide the kind of intellectually stimulating material you're used to reading (and how many people does that appeal to again?), but I'll keep on trying...

Wednesday, August 24, 2005 1:22:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Oh please don't make me reply to the so-called "patriot". What a joke.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005 2:11:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

If you want more informaton on this "patriot", check out Fight Dem Back: http://www.fightdemback.com/

His connections and attitudes are clear for all to see...

Wednesday, August 24, 2005 2:35:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

I think, Ant, that it may be a typo - his name should be "parrot"...

And yeah, I did recognise him from Darp's work. True to form, eh?

Wednesday, August 24, 2005 4:04:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Not sure why or how he popped up, but such is the blogosphere...

Wednesday, August 24, 2005 4:35:00 pm  
Blogger algiga said...

Don't listen to them aussie patriot. They, like me are jealous of you. It must be great to be a complete moron like you, whose only worry is to read a right wing fascist blog so that you won't have to think for the rest of the day. Then you can post those intelligent comments like the one above. I guess your only challenge is to type left handed while playing pocket billiards with your right. Go and post on Tim Blair's site, there are many like minded heavy thinkers there.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005 7:26:00 pm  
Blogger Rich Bowden said...

Don't laugh folks....AussiePatriot could well be our next Foreign Minister!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2005 8:27:00 pm  
Blogger Iqbal Khaldun said...

Haha classic.

Re 'terrorism experts', how does one exactly get that title? By retiring from a life of terrorism perhaps? I mean a legal expert is always a lawyer. A rocket science expert is always a rocket scientist. And so on...

I guess organising those awful ANU luncheons is an act of terrorism. Um, if boredom is a form of terrorism.

Thursday, August 25, 2005 2:36:00 pm  

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