Friday, September 29, 2006

UK TV: 'No Excuses For Terror'

British TV first?....a long overdue bit of thundering -prime time- realism on the issue of how elements of the left have jumped into bed with islamic terrorists.

Channel 5 'Dont Get Me Started', earlier this week (apologies if this has already been posted but its worth it...)

David Aaronovitch: No Excuses For Terror.

"Who is really responsible for the suicide bombers that target us? Is it the fault of George Bush or Tony Blair? Are we all somehow to blame? David Aaronovitch, journalist and commentator, has had enough of this argument. He asks how we've got to the point where British Socialists support Islamofascist Terrorism. Aaronovitch explains where the left have gone wrong on Israel, Palestine, the War in Iraq and the War on Terror".

Key soundbites: Elements of left wing are siding with fascists, their thought process is 'degenerate and ignorant'. ...Hitzbollah and its 'cause' represent an apologists 'indignant fantasy' ....and the apologists are the 'sewage of the fringes of the far right and far left..'.

I missed most of the Iraq war commentary to be honest. I picked up where they examined the recent Israeli Lebanon conflict. It is, however, now all now available on YouTube. In 4 parts.

In the section i saw it looked at skewed journalism ~ those who 'outright condemn' Israel for disproportionate use of force and a perceived 'dismissal' of civilian lives.... Israel it counters 'at least attempted to distinguish fighters from civilians' whilst Hitzbollah 'lobbed missiles from behind schools and hospitals'. Aaarnovich concludes, 'its the big bad zionists against good muslims theory'. On the recent pro Hitzbo rallies in Manchester and London he notes : 'They think Hitzbo', an 'anti semitic terrrorist outfit', are a 'sort of muslim freedom fighters sans frontieres'.

Full of terrific interviews, clips...getting across a view bloggers have been trying to hammer home for a while. Clips included Mayor Ken with his welcome mat out and of course George Galloway. There were some very poignant observations from an Iraqi Trade Unionist -Abdullah Musshin- and from Rev Julie Nicholson, the mother of a July 7 victim.

Worth watching.


Pastorius said...

Hey Alison,
Great post. Welcome to IBA.

Anonymous said...

Hi Pastorius - thought id start with some good news :)

(dont get me started on the mosque in the East End..)

Pastorius said...

You mean the eclipse of England?