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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Three cheers for a tyrant

William Rees-Mogg is a weekly columnist with, and former editor of, Murdoch's Times newspaper. It is therefore fitting that Murdoch's local propagandist broadsheet, the Australian, published this article today:

"On Thursday there will be a great celebration for Margaret Thatcher's 80th birthday. Like Kissinger, she is an example of the power of the moral will in human affairs. She is 80, Henry Kissinger is 82, and a third leader of the postwar world, Lee Kuan Yew, is also an 82-year-old. As Thatcher has written: "Mr Lee almost single-handedly built up Singapore into one of the most astonishing economic success stories of our times, and he did so in the face of constant threats to his tiny state's security and, indeed, existence.

"These three, born into different cultures, seem to me to have shared the basic qualities that allow great statesmen to influence the world for the good; qualities that I most admire. They have shown great courage, unending determination and a clearly defined set of beliefs. They are wholly committed to the security and advancement of the countries they have led. All three also have an attractive intellectual gift; they always look far into the possible consequences in the future. They have imagination as well as intellectual force."

It never ceases to amaze me how journalists are more than willing to become little more than mouthpieces for tyrants, of the Western kind. Henry Kissinger "an example of the power of the moral will in human affairs"? Spare me. Online magazine, Salon, had in right in 2001: "If Henry Kissinger isn't guilty of war crimes, no one is."

Fred Branfman explains:

"If killing hundreds of thousands of innocent peasants by dropping million of tons of bombs on undefended civilian targets is not a war crime, then there are no war crimes. If Kissinger is not responsible for these crimes, then there are no war criminals."

For people like Rees-Mogg - and every generation produces its fair share of little men and women with a taste for power and immorality - actions are irrelevant, outcomes are what matter. The Murdoch press wouldn't even understand how telling the publication of such an article truly is. In their worldview, the killing of innocents is justified when Western military power is used to spread "freedom and democracy." Therefore, the death of thousands in Iraq is acceptable because America's aims are noble.

Rees-Mogg should expect a Christmas card from Kissinger. Not unlike Australia's resident Rees-Mogg. Dining with Kissinger must be so taxing.


Blogger Shabadoo said...

I swear, Ant, sometimes you sound like an old tape of Richard Nixon bitching about "that Jewboy Henry" ... except instead of complaining about his pals at the NY Times, you're complaining about his pals at The Oz!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005 11:04:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

That Jewboy you refer to happens to be responsivble for the deaths of half a million people. The man is wanetd in a number fo countries outsie the US for crimes against humanity.

I guess you would condire that an incoinvenient detail right? Let's talk abtou Arafat instead.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005 12:37:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Kissinger's religion is totally irrelevant to my writings about him. And it should be.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005 12:42:00 pm  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

You would think it were, just because you don't mention the facts.

But Kissinger didn't order the bombing, did he? Nixon did. But Nixon wasn't Jewish, was he? So your agenda isn't served by blaming him. Is it?

Tuesday, October 11, 2005 2:00:00 pm  
Blogger Ian Westmore said...

And lets not forget that Henry personally sent $US200,000 to an ex CIA mate living in Chile to have Rene Schneider, the Chilean Army C-in-C "removed" because he was opposed to ousting Allende. That is murder! And not just under Chilean law, but also U.S law which offers no protection to unelected officials.

SBS regularly show a documentary in which the recipient of the cash confirms Kissinger sent him the money, as does the White House Chief of Staff Alexander Haig, though less directly.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005 2:15:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

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Tuesday, October 11, 2005 2:51:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Ibrahamav, I am happy to accuse Nixon. As is William Showcross. What is my "agenda"?

Tuesday, October 11, 2005 2:57:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Gee, I'm having a Barry Crocker. His name is Shawcross. Apologies.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005 7:01:00 pm  
Blogger James Waterton said...

That post of Tim Blair's was funny. But I reckon this one is funnier.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005 8:49:00 pm  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

If "dirt" doesn't know his own agenda, why should I enlighten him?

Tuesday, October 11, 2005 11:23:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

There appears to be a confusion between presuming to know otehr people's agenda your own paranoya my friend.

Perhaps you shudl give peope the benefit of the doubt and acuitally engage them in disussion rather that hurling personal insults.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005 2:40:00 am  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

ibrahamv, are you and comical sharing the same ward?

[Aside: Addamo, I give up.]

Wednesday, October 12, 2005 7:31:00 am  
Blogger Human said...

james waterton -I think it is quite flattering for someone to post and article on someone else's blog. Blair's attempt is quite futile. Just because comments do not "fuss" does not mean that he has lowered his ambition. Just by not banning hate filled people like you proves he does not fuss. I see you hide your mouth jimmy. Could that be because you have not yet dropped your dummy?

Wednesday, October 12, 2005 7:36:00 am  
Blogger Pete's Blog said...

The danger with Henry Kissinger is that he had the intellectual veneer to con his fellow Americans. They thought "European" intellectual types - like him - were profound.

Addes to this he believed his own "genius".

So when he had a grand academic strategy to pulverise Cambodia etc it became fact.

Lesson 1 - don't believe "geniuses" who work for governments - they have unbridled power.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005 2:28:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

They have a saying about Dick Cheney along those lines. He's managed to convince George Bush that he (Geirge Bush) is indeed running the country.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005 3:41:00 pm  
Blogger James Waterton said...

Human - you may think it flattering, but then again, your few contributions here have convinced me that you hold the perspective of a suppository. So it's hardly surprising.

Now, my boy, what the hell are you on about with all this "fuss" business? Learn to communicate properly.

I see you hide your mouth jimmy. Could that be because you have not yet dropped your dummy?

Is that truly the best you can come up with? Wow. I'm smarting. No, really, I am.

Hey, where's your lame-arse signoff? Are you no longer human? Devolving to troglodyte? Though "Your non-fellow troglodyte" just doesn't have the same ring about it, somehow... on the bright side, truth in reporting is (allegedly) highly valued around these parts.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005 8:19:00 pm  
Blogger Glenn Condell said...

I'm impressed James. No, really, I am.

Did you ever work for Qantas flight staff by any chance?

You poor old dear, you sound like you need a good hug. Not that I'm volunteering mind... you seem popular with our Anonymice of Zion, so there's the makings of a group hug right there.

Resist the urge to film it, eh?

Monday, October 17, 2005 5:55:00 pm  

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