On the Syrian-Seumas Milne anti-Zionist, anti-Imperialist Axis

Okay, I admit it. The title is a bit over the top.

In fairness, it’s not really an ‘Axis’.

Anyway, on to our story.

As the bloodbath in Homs continues, the official Syrian state news agency, Sana, evidently shocked (simply shocked!) by Israel’s crimes against Palestinian anti-Zionist “militants”, published this today.

Wait, it gets better. Read the text of the story:

DAMASCUS, (SANA)-Syria on Tuesday vehemently condemned the continuous Israeli aggression against the Palestinian Arab people in the Gaza Strip since last Friday, which claimed the lives of over 25 unarmed civilians and caused tens of injuries.

A statement by the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry highlighted Syria’s stress on the importance of taking immediate action by the international community to halt these vicious aggressions, inflict punishment on those behind them and work on lifting the unjust siege imposed on this Strip since years.

“While stressing so,” the statement added, “Syria draws the attention of the Arab people to the gravity of the suspicious Arab moves led by some Gulf states at different international forums against Syria as they offer a service to the Israeli entity to cover what is taking place in the Gaza Strip.”

The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said that “Gaza, sinking in its blood since days, is absolutely certain that Damascus will keep supporting it despite the Arabs’ preoccupation in conspiring against Syria.”

The Ministry underscored in its statement that the steadfastness of Gaza people in the face of the Israeli aggression machine is further consolidated by the steadfastness of the Syrian people in confronting the conspiracy against Syria.

H. Said

Meanwhile in London, Seumas Milne, who sees hidden hand of Zionist interests in calls for Western intervention in Syria, Tweeted this about the recent violence on Israel’s borders:

Milne, it should be noted, is opposed to even humanitarian aid to the Syrian people and, when not busy shilling for Iran, is often busy covering for an Assad regime responsible for the brutal torture of dissidents, over 8,000 dead, and tens of thousands displaced.

He now Tweets4Syria:

Assad award in accurate reporting:

While I’m not sure who runs Tweet4Syria, their Tweets, much like Milne’s Guardian pieces, seem intent to run interference for the Assad regime:  

Syria: anti-Imperialist resistance:

Blaming Israel for Syrian bloodshed.

And, my favorite:

Seumas Milne, whose ideological rigidity in resisting efforts to end the bloodshed in Syria was too extreme even for Hamas member Azzam Tamimi, continues to demonstrate the unreformed anti-imperialist ideology which drew him, earlier in his career not only to Marxism, but to a publication with decidedly Stalinist leanings. (Milne also defended the Soviet Union in a 2001 Guardian piece.)

Milne, two days after the attacks on 9/11 characterized the murder of 3000 innocent civilians as representing an America reaping what it had sown. He continues to defend Iran, even once offered an apologia for the evidently misunderstood reformer Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, waxed poetically of “resistance” movements in Iraq and Afghanistan, and continues to support reactionary, violent political movements – making a mockery of his paper’s claim to uphold progressive values.

The malign spirit of communist totalitarianism – and the mindless, yet supremely dangerous, anti-Western propaganda which it so skillfully disseminated throughout the world – clearly didn’t die with the breakup of the Soviet Union.

The Guardian’s Associate Editor is evidently intent to use his position at a “respectable” broadsheet to carry on the movement’s toxic and unimaginably lethal legacy.  

11 replies »

  1. Okay, I admit it. The title is a bit over the top.

    As you know, Adam, I’ve found a number of CiFW headlines OTT.

    But frankly I have nowt against this one.

    • I admit it, I sometimes have too much fun thinking through pithy or just plane amusing headlines…amusing to me anyway…

  2. Wow – this dude is in an open Twitter mutual-love-in with someone who tweets his/her admiration for Hitler and the Nazi genocide. You don’t get sacked from The Guardian for being a neo-Nazi? Seriously? What Mr Milne’s “friend” said there was not anti-Zionism. It wasn’t “bordering” on antisemitism, or “arguably” antisemitism. It was straight out, Old School, Yay-The-Nazis, Jews-To-The-Gas antisemitism. You can collaborate journalistically with someone like that and keep your job at the world’s “leading liberal voice”?

    What’s that I hear, yonder in the distance? I think it might be John Stuart Mill turning in his grave.

    • Katya, you are looking at it the wrong way with your ‘uber’ sensitive ‘zionist’ specs. Just think how wonderful it must be being as progressive as Seumus Milne, that even Nazi sympathisers, apologists for the Holocaust and defenders of Syrian oppression are transformed into humanitarian liberals when they are caught in the self-righteous orbit of planet Milne.

    • Well, the burka girls real knocked me out they leave all the west behind.
      Islamism makes me sing and shout,
      Mogadishu’s always on my mi mi mi mind.

      I’m back on the UGSR you don’t know how lucky you are, If you’re a boy, back in the UGSR.

  3. You can tell a man by the company he keeps.

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We always knew Seumas Milne was a prick, but keeping company with IslamoNazis is a new low even for him.

    I didn’t know you could get lower than the gutter, but Milne has managed it. The Guardian has become Stormfront-lite, with Seumas Milne as bigot-in-chief.

  4. I am no fan of Milne’s, so I don’t want to be thought of as coming to his defence, but come on folks. This allegation that he is “in bed” with this raving anti-semite who tweets as “Tweet4Syria” is plain wrong. I don’t know how many of you are on twitter, but it’s not usual for someone to read into someone’s twitter timeline before you respond to a tweet.

    I have no idea if Milne and “Tweet4Syria” are regular correspondents, but if someone tweeted me and thanked me for something, I would also respond politely, as Milne did. I don’t think that means that I agree with everything the other person has ever said or done.

    I hope I am not held accountable for the views of everyone I have ever tweeted!

    • Gooner, so British politeness trumps all. Minding your p’s and q’s is a fig leaf for hypocrisy, cowardice and hatred.

  5. RE: Shameless’ disgusting comments post-9/11, Andrew Anthony had the perfect retort (‘The Fallout’, p.11):

    ‘This is what Milne had to say, on September 13, 2001: ‘Nearly two days
    after the horrific suicide attacks on civilian workers in New York and Washington, it has become painfully clear that most Americans simply don’t get it…Shock, rage and grief there has been aplenty. But any glimmer of recognition of why people might have been driven to carry out such atrocities, sacrificing their own lives in the process – or why the United States is hated with such bitterness, not only in Arab and Muslim countries, but across the developing world – seems almost entirely absent’.’

    Anthony points out that to get his piece published on the 13th, Milne would have needed to have completed it by no later than 7pm on the 12th, and that it would be fair to assume that he would have begun writing it, at the latest, at around 2pm – 9am, New York time. Anthony remarks: ‘That left
    the Americans a whole twenty-four hours to absorb the shock, deal with the grief and then move on to some cold, hard self-criticism. And they flunked it.’