See Anne’s cross post at CiF Watch for more analysis on Seumas Milne’s Feb. 21 CiF essay vilifying Israel and the US for even contemplating military action to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, but the prolific Denis MacEoin has written a letter to the Guardian on Milne’s piece which we’re posting with his permission.
In my original draft email to MacEoin I qualified my request to publish his letter by first noting that we would only post it at our blog if the Guardian didn’t do so.
Then, I deleted that passage upon thinking about it for a few seconds, and realizing that the probability of the thin-skinned “liberal” broadsheet running such an unapologetic rhetorical assault on their Marxist-inspired Associate Editor was as almost zero.
So, here’s MacEeoin letter he submitted to the Guardian.
Seumas Milne writes (‘An attack on Iran would be an act of criminal stupidity’, 21 February): ‘If an attack is launched by Israel or the US, it would not just be an act of criminal aggression, but of wanton destructive stupidity’. Why does this man, who has a lifetime’s hatred for Israel, thrust his dangerous opinions on us in this way? Why does he go to such lengths to defend Iran, with its high levels of execution and torture, its mistreatment of women, its gross persecution of an indigenous religious community, and its aggressive behaviour towards half the world, its criminal aggression through the support of terrorism, and, above all, its official denial of the Holocaust and its repeated threats to annihilate (qal’ o qam’ kard) Israel. Milne acts as a spokesman for this criminal regime, yet never has a good word to say about Israel, a country with one of the best human rights records in the world, that gives equal status to women, to gays, to all its ethnic minorities, and to all its religious minorities, a country that has never taken aggressive action against any of its enemies, but has fought back heroically against the bigots and the anti-Semitic mobs who have done their best to destroy it by brute force. I am tired of people like Milne who invert the very principle of human rights, who support dictatorships, who call black white and white black, who see the victim as the aggressor and the bully as the hero. Milne himself faces no threats here in the UK, but condemns Israelis, who face the prospect of genocide from a regime that seeks actively for the return of the Twelfth Imam and the apocalypse that will follow hard on its heels.
Dr. Denis MacEoin
Newcastle upon Tyne
- Seumas Milne or Ahmadinejad? Guardian warns attacking Iran would be ‘criminal aggression’ (cifwatch.com)
- Seumas Milne shills for Syria & Iran: Sees hidden Zionist hand in calls for Assad’s overthrow (cifwatch.com)
- Fascinating Twitter exchange between Guardian’s Seumas Milne & Hamas member Azzam Tamimi (cifwatch.com)
- Guardian’s Seumas Milne runs interference for “anti-Imperialist” Islamic Republic of Iran (cifwatch.com)
- More Pro-Iranian “Hasbara” at ‘Comment is Free’ (cifwatch.com)