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The Guardian highlights its egregious bias in Wikileak reports


A Guest post by AKUS

The Guardian has been saving its readers some time by dividing the Wikileaks documents it has by country, and thoughtfully highlighting the areas it wishes to feed to its readers to promote the GWV (Guardian World View) so that they do not actually have to invest their own time in determining what is important.

Take, for example the following document, found under News/Worldnews/Egypt:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/us-embassy-cables-documents/191130

US embassy cables: Hillary Clinton woos prickly Egyptians

To make sure that readers get the message about the inadequacies of US diplomacy and to embarrass the US by providing the American Ambassador’s view that Egypt is stubborn and recalcitrant (i.e., does not bend to US pressure), the Guardian highlighted the following sections:

The Egyptians have long felt that, at best, we take them for granted; and at worst, we deliberately ignore their advice while trying to force our point of view on them.

Although the Egyptians will react well to overtures of respect and appreciation, Egypt is very often a stubborn and recalcitrant ally. In addition, Egypt’s self-perception as the “indispensable Arab state” is contingent on Egyptian effectiveness on regional issues, including Sudan, Lebanon, and Iraq.

Although this document is also found on News/Worldnews/Gaza (the Guardian’s premier anti-Israeli hate section), here are sections of the document that were NOT highlighted (my emphasis):

Mubarak hates Hamas, and considers them the same as Egypt’s own Muslim Brotherhood, which he sees as his own most dangerous political threat. Since the June 2007 Hamas takeover of Gaza, the Egyptians, under the leadership of intelligence chief Omar Soliman (the de facto national security advisor with direct responsibility for the Israeli-Palestinian account) have shifted their focus to intra-Palestinian reconciliation and establishment of the Hamas-Israel ceasefire. Soliman brokered a half-year-long truce last year, which Hamas broke in December, leading to the Israeli invasion of Gaza. He has recently re-started those efforts, with the goal of getting Hamas to agree to a year-long ceasefire, which should give the Egyptians space to bring about their political goal of Palestinian reconciliation under a technocratic, non-partisan government headed by President Mahmoud Abbas.

Egypt also continues to cooperate with Israel, especially via intelligence sharing, to prevent militants from Hamas and other extremist organizations from crossing the Gaza border, and on thwarting militant activity in Egypt. Egyptian efforts are all justified under President Mubarak’s pledge that Egypt with “protect its borders.”

Ultimately, Egypt believes that the only realistic and viable solution to erode Hamas’ power and stop arms smuggling is the return of the Palestinian Authority to Gaza and the opening of Gaza’s border to legitimate trade.

There is a great deal more there if you are willing to read it for what it reveals about the real Egyptian attitude to Hamas, and not just as a childish attempt to “show up” American efforts in the Middle East.

From the point of view of those who have had to deal with the ridiculous and never-ending efforts by the Guardian and its anti-Israeli faction on CiF to accuse Israel of breaking the “ceasefire” with Cast Lead, here you have the truth from the American Ambassador: 

Soliman brokered a half-year-long truce last year, which Hamas broke in December, leading to the Israeli invasion of Gaza.”

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  1. “From the point of view of those who have had to deal with the ridiculous and never-ending efforts by the Guardian and its anti-Israeli faction on CiF to accuse Israel of breaking the “ceasefire” with Cast Lead, here you have the truth from the American Ambassador.”

    Hahahahahahaha! “the Guardian and its anti-Israel faction on CiF” will have a ready answer to that: “The only thing this proves is that the Wikileaks are all a Zionist manipulation.”

    Honestly, AKUS, how long have you been watching this game? Surely you know the rules by now!
    Rule 1:
    Any rumour that makes Israel look bad, no matter how outlandish or lacking in evidence (or even contradicted by the evidence), is incontrovertibly true.
    Rule 2:
    Any evidence that makes Israel look good (or not bad enough) is the result of Zionist manipulation of the media and international finance and the world governments.

    Love may mean never having to say you’re sorry, but hating Jews Israel means never having to say you were wrong.

  2. cba

    …the Guardian and its anti-Israel faction on CiF will have a ready answer to that: “The only thing this proves is that the Wikileaks are all a Zionist manipulation.”

    But it is!…according to a Turkish governement official.

    One has to look at which countries are pleased with” the leaked documents, Huseyin Celik, deputy leader of Erdogan’s AKP party, explained. “Israel is very pleaed. Israel has been making statements for days, even before the release of these documents.”

    “Documents were released and they immediately said ‘Israel will not suffer from this.’ How did they know that?” Celik asked at a press conference.

    And my favourite:

    Celik said that “the main cause of these leaks was to weaken the Turkish government.”

    Paranoid antisemitism at it best… It is not a coincidence that Turkey is a serious canditate for becoming a new European failure…

  3. Robert Fisk {spit} in the Independent is almost as paranoid, and at least as droolingly raving about Israel and America – although this is nothing new of course. Apparently, for Fisk, the fact that the settlements hardly get a mention in the Wikileaks cables shows that America does not care about injustice. It does not occur to him that it may be instead because the settlements really do not figure that high in the Arabs’ worries compared to a nuclear Iran. Or perhaps it does occur to him and he chooses to ignore it, just like some members of the US Administration do.

    Read him and weep, or at least laugh and despair

  4. Fisk is more pro-Palestinian than any Arab leader. This makes me wonder if he has either taken leave of his senses, sold out to Syria, or decided to convert to Islam. In any case, he’s a pathetic journalist who gives journalism a bad name.