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Friday, February 03, 2006

Damn those "terrorists"

Murdoch's little helper, Andrew Bolt - his recent adventures in Iraq surely demand an Order of Australia - offers his review of Spielberg's "Munich":

"...There's never actually been a shortage of Jews or Americans required to die for Israel or the US, or for simply being citizens of the West. Plenty are blown up or shot each year.

"What the West needs is not citizens prepared to die for their countries but, if need be, to kill for them."

"Terrorists" must be snuffed out, according to Bolt. After all, "sometimes there is no other way to protect the citizens of a democracy than by killing those determined to wipe them out."

Wonder how Bolt would feel about the father of Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni, labelled a terrorist by the British for belonging to the Jewish underground?


Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

"Andrew Bolt - his recent adventures in Iraq surely demand an Order of Australia"

Looks like he's really doing it tough out there. I love the photo: "New tenants: Andrew Bolt visits the palace that was once home to Saddam's sons and is now Camp Victory and home to 20,000 Coalition troops." 20 THOUSAND troops. Pity this holiday resort oasis is absolutely deserted. It doesn't help him look like he's 'on the job'.

"offers his review of Spielberg's "Munich""

The irony of this "review" is that it isn't a defence of Israel's Revenge Policy - it is, in Bolt's words, "seductively deceitful" because it makes the 'rationale' for it, as defended here, sound bizarre and bloodthirsty. Anyone with a brain will, every few lines, be saying to themselves, "What the...?" Anyone with a soul, every few lines, will be breathing to themselves, "Ugh". Does the AIJAC think it gets value for money out of this illogical, bloodlusting mush?

Friday, February 03, 2006 2:09:00 pm  
Blogger smiths said...

ant, i was vocal in calling for a ban on certain posters but this current situation has left things something less than dynamic, would you agree, surely there is some sort of middle ground

Friday, February 03, 2006 3:37:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

I agree. As I've said before, a new system will be coming. Soon. Just hold that thought. Many book deadlines at present, but changes are a 'coming.

Friday, February 03, 2006 4:33:00 pm  
Blogger orang said...

I love it. While he's giving AIJAC the blow job with his movie critique, he throws in a tantalizing ball tickle to the battlers with a ", Avner Kauffman (played superbly by Australian Eric Bana), ". Does this mean although may have be contracted to pan the Spielberg message, he actually liked the movie?

Fresh from his Iraq tour and infusion of red blooded patriotic fervour Bolt finishes with;
"What would Spielberg have us do? In Munich, he has Avner cry: "If these people committed crimes, we should have arrested them."

That would have been nice, naturally. But there have always been weasels in the fight against terrorism."

Weasels in the fight against terrorism eh.? Bolt may be writing Bush's speeches.

Saturday, February 04, 2006 7:13:00 am  

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