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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Onward Murdoch soldier

Rupert Murdoch loves being the centre of attention. His pro-war, pro-business, anti-union attitude is slavishly replicated around his empire, including Australia. But guess who said this?

"Well, it might not have been a good idea to create it [Israel], but now that it’s there, it has to be supported."

Murdoch, according to Scott McConnell, former New York Post editorial page editor. McConnell's article on the influence of the Weekly Standard magazine makes for fascinating reading. In the weeks after 9/11, Max Boot wrote for the Standard and included this line: "Afghanistan and other troubled lands today cry out for the sort of enlightened foreign administration once provided by self-confident Englishmen." That's US foreign policy in one, echoed by any number of neo-conservatives, chicken-hawks and imperialists the world over.

Murdoch's Australian today features, without a hint of irony, an article "written" by US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. What exactly does it take for a person to be excised from the pages of the Murdoch organ? Henry Kissinger is still published, so presumably war crimes aren't an impediment to editorial space.

Rumsfeld talks about the glorious bond between Australia and the US and the "bold, significant" steps to enhance the relationship. At a time when Iraq is in chaos and the country has become the new Afghanistan, Murdoch's little helpers are happy to publish a man who has contributed incompetence, barbarity and sanctioned torture to the "war on terror." I'm surprised he wasn't placed on page one.


Blogger Ibrahamav said...

The splitting up of Arabia IAW the desires of the French and English might not have been a good idea, but now that its done, we might as well let the Arabs keep it.

Allowing Antony a blog might not have been a good idea, but now that its done, we might as well let the Antony keep at it.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 11:11:00 am  
Blogger kei & yuri said...

This is exactly the same logic we hear from so many Americans (such as the Democratic Party) "supporting" the rape of Iraq -- they will go so far as to admit that it was a colosally bad idea, but now that our boys are there, by jingo, it cannot be considered that it could continue to be a bad idea after it leaves the planning stage!
No American can hear this logic without involuntarily thinking of Vietnam (now that we're stuck in the mud, we have to defeat the mud; we cannot imagine just walking out): how many Australians think of Gallipoli and WWI?

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 12:19:00 pm  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

The USA will not abandon the Kurds and Shi'ites to the terrorist sunni groups.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 12:28:00 pm  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

Ibrahamav said...
"The USA will not abandon the Kurds"

Two words: Desert Storm.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 5:25:00 pm  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

Yeah that was a shame, al-Eddy...if we'd gone and done the job properly, rather than listening to the UN in 1991, the world would be a much different, and better, place.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 6:12:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

No, we would have had the mess we have today, only a decade earlier.

Thursday, November 17, 2005 12:33:00 am  
Blogger Pete's Blog said...

Funnily enough old Donny Bumsfeld commenced his "serious" US military policy career from 1968 working for Nixon. He first became Defense Secretary in 1975 under Republican President Ford.

So the boy's career of making mistakes goes back to the Vietnam war days - and he's still repeating them.

All of Adelaide has been "encouraged" to truely bow down to this joker.

Thursday, November 17, 2005 1:24:00 am  
Blogger Davo said...

If they can publish articles supporting:

* economic reform
* the relative prosperity of Taiwan
* American scaremongering against china
* some garbageabout the failure of multiculturalism in France
* failure of Australia's school system

Then I'm sure they can find room for the US Defense Secretary to justify his policies - even if he is a nutter it's called freedom of speech.


Friday, November 18, 2005 7:23:00 pm  

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