Guardian

‘CiF’ contributor John Pilger lashes out at America’s “fascist” tendencies


Cross posted at the blog, Nick Nipclose 

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John Pilger

John Pilger, who has legitimized 9/11 conspiracy theories, suggested that Hezbollah’s resistance represented “humanity at its noblest” and supports neo-nazi Gilad Atzmon, claims, in his July 4 CiF essay, that the plane of Bolivian President Evo Morales was “forced down” on “suspicion” that it was carrying a “political refugee” (Edward Snowden) to safety. The episode, he argues, is “a metaphor for the gangsterism that now rules the world and the cowardice and hypocrisy of bystanders.”

Pilger, in contextualizing the incident, describes the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) as “a vast Orwellian police state apparatus servicing history’s greatest war-making machine…engaging in criminal activity on an epic scale“. And, though, for instance, the NSA cannot wiretap without warrants, Pilger quite fancies Hugo Chavez whose party passed legislation allowing warrantless wiretapping, and whose government engaged in manipulation of the judiciary and intelligence agencies – the latter which had spied on the country’s tiny Jewish population.

Additionally, Pilger’s central allegation regarding Morales’ plane seems to be highly questionable according to Philip Bump at The Atlantic, who notes that such claims seem to be relying on “reporting comes from a single source, the Bolivian government”, and that some of it has already been contradicted. The “tall tale of the re-routed Bolivian president’s plane is falling apart,” according to Michael C. Moynihan at the Daily Beast, and “does not make sense,” citing, for instance, an audio recording of the Bolivian pilot telling an air-traffic controller that they needed to land because they were unable to get a correct indication of the fuel indication.

Taking his bizarre narrative a step further, Pilger then argues that the incident reveals that “the democratic facades of the US now barely conceal a systematic gangsterism…historically associated with fascism.”

Pilger is a leftover from 20th century faux radicalism, evoking Buster Keaton in the twilight zone episode ‘Once Upon a Time’, a comical relic from a bygone era. Pilger engages in antisemitic tropes with abandon, produces lies in service of Baathists in Syria and runs interference for Iranian tyrants, yet is moved to liberal outrage by ‘American imperialism’ which he believes most people, unguided by his enlightened morality and keen intellect, are unable to detect.

Extremists like Pilger play populist games but reveal that they have a very low opinion of the masses they imagine themselves fighting for.

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  1. Pilger is a leftover from 20th century faux radicalism … Extremists like Pilger play populist games but reveal that they have a very low opinion of the masses they imagine themselves fighting for.

    Indeed.

    … evoking Buster Keaton in the twilight zone episode ‘Once Upon a Time’, a comical relic from a bygone era
    Ah, what a tease. Clip/link?

  2. Mr. Pilger has the ability to see what nobody else can see, or to put it more accurately he is happy to twist the truth to suit his own pre-set agenda.

    From an article by him in ‘New Statesman’ 22 November 2012;
    “This is notably true in the Middle East, where the Israeli state has successfully intimidated the BBC into presenting the theft of Palestinian land and the caging, torturing and killing of its people as an intractable “conflict” between equals. Standing in the rubble from an Israeli attack, one BBC journalist went further and referred to “Gaza’s strong culture of martyrdom”. So great is the distortion that young viewers of BBC news have told Glasgow University researchers they are left with the impression that Palestinians are the illegal colonisers of their own country. The current BBC “coverage” of Gaza’s genocidal misery reinforces this.”

    • ” young viewers of BBC news have told Glasgow University researchers they are left with the impression that Palestinians are the illegal colonisers”

      A reference to the sainted Greg Philo’s work, I imagine. Just what part of the quote from Pilger do you regard as ‘twist[ed]’, Gerald? It all seems entirely accurate to me.

      • “It all seems entirely accurate to me.”

        It would sencar, with your perverted vision of history and the current state of the Middle East it would.

        • I actually named you recently on this site, Gerald, (or maybe it was BBCWatch) as that rare Cif/BBC watcher capable of rational argument. It seems I was mistaken. You quote Pilger only to dismiss his case without any attempt to justify your comments, even when I invite you to do so. Something wrong there surely…..

          • “I actually named you recently on this site, Gerald, (or maybe it was BBCWatch) as that rare Cif/BBC watcher capable of rational argument.”

            Well sencar to be praised by you whoopee doo.

            “It seems I was mistaken.”
            No sencar your myopia and bias against Israel isn’t a mistake it is deliberate.

    • “Mr. Pilger has the ability to see what nobody else can see, or to put it more accurately he is happy to twist the truth to suit his own pre-set agenda.”

      Yes, Gerald, apparently Pilger can see (according to the 2nd link in the article) that Israel’s government operates out of Tel Aviv! Who’d of thunk it?!

  3. Its creepy how John Bilge has a pic of a kid on his site, I’d sooner leave a child alone with that other clown Pennywise than Johnny Applefeeb. The article useful for how anyone or thing that achieves moral authority will be exploited by extremism. The extremist often has trouble deciding who to compare himself/herself to: Gandhi, Mandela or Jesus (as Assange has). Its like the girl from alias, you never know who she’ll be. Also this pic of Pigger posing with the natives is hilarious in all its white saviortude:

    Caption contest!

  4. “John Pilger, .., suggested that Hezbollah’s resistance represented “humanity at its noblest” ”

    Pilger was arguing that, like other resistance groups , Hezbollah, too “, operate by the same maxim. The resistance to rapacious power, to epic crimes of invasion (which the Nuremberg judges called the “paramount” crime) is humanity at its noblest;”

    The invasion of Lebanon was a “crime” ac. to Nuremburg . Hence Pilger is right within the definition of his own terms as well as the judges of course
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    “Pilger quite fancies Hugo Chavez ”

    Clumsy and unnecessary.. more like a below the line comment. Apart from that not a bad article nothing that will cause the man to lose sleep however.

    • If the article hadn’t convinced me that Pilger is a nutter, you’ve certainly completed that process, although unintentionally.

    • Hey, rascal burnout, it seems that you continue obsessed about Israel and JOOOZZZ, huh? And always defending anti-Semites, your natural comrades. You are the perfect post-modern Harpo-Marxist.

      • Not surprising how Rascal falls into the same pattern as others of his ilk have on these pages. Firstly, by stealth, “I just happened on your website and was wondering,” followed by the “I’m a human rights crusader of fine integrity,” progressing onward until they let it all hang out. So convinced are they by their own hypocrisy, they aren’t even aware we see them coming. Always predictable.

    • Burns: “Pilger was arguing blah blah blah”

      Defending Pilger’s love of Hezbollah – ‘humanity at its noblest’. For some people there is nothing more noble than killing Jews in the name of God. Remember what the Nazis had on their belts: “Gott mit uns”. Burns, you are twisted in your defence of such repugnant views. And for what it’s worth, Israel left South Lebanon some time ago, or are you going to give us more bullshit about Sheba Farms to ‘justify’ why ‘resistance’ ie hating and killing Israelis/Jews is OK with you, or why quoting the Protocols is OK in the right context. What exactly is the difference between a contemporary left-wing, peace loving, anti-Zionist like yourself and any other chauvinistic right-wing European Jew-hater from time immemorial?

      • There´s only one difference: post-modern anti-Semites, like this pathetic Rascal Burnout, are such nauseating cowards that they will insist they aren´t Jew-haters at all, just bona-fides human-rightists. At least Jihadists and Nazis are honest.

          • Exactly, but as things are going, it won´t take long. The “human rights” cover up is quite convenient meanwhile.

            • They think they can convince everyone they don’t hate Jews by letting you know how much the like everyone else. I’m not sure how that’s supposed to work.

      • Just the part about Hezbollah’s “resistance to rapacious power” when in reality they thirst for it, is just priceless!

    • Hezbollah is a proxy of the Syrian regime which invaded and occupied Lebanon for decades dressing up support for terrorism as some sort of resistance to foreign power is hilariously fallacious.

      “Pilger was arguing that, like other resistance groups , Hezbollah, too “, operate by the same maxim. The resistance to rapacious power, to epic crimes of invasion (which the Nuremberg judges called the “paramount” crime) is humanity at its noblest;””

      Then by that reasoning Rwandan genocidists were ‘humanity at its noblest’ because they were fighting an invading RPF army. Resistance groups is a cute euphemism like calling garbage collectors ‘waste management artisans’ but lets call garbage what it is. Hezi ‘resistance’ included attacks on Jewish civilians, thats what Pilger praises as ‘humanity as its best’ which is depraved Jew hatred on par with Latvian SS units.

  5. “a vast Orwellian police state apparatus servicing history’s greatest war-making machine…engaging in criminal activity on an epic scale“.
    I always get a kick out of Orwellian characters like Pilger using the term Orwellian about others. Reminds me of anti-Semites who claim that Zionism is anti-Semitic, i.e., people whose brains have been ground into mush by rigid ideology. Quite Orwellian really.

    • Besides Orwell was a devout admirer of America at a time when the government was running vast warrantless wiretapping operations, which were the norm under FDR. If Orwell was alive today he would be reviled as a neocon stooge.

  6. some years ago Pilger was the guest speaker at my daughter’s university graduation ceremony, held at The Barbican in London. He ruined the occasion, by using his speech as a platform for his views, pompously droning on and on about capitalist oppression etc etc with hardly any reference to the students’ hard work and achievements. It was boring, almost embarrassing, and totally inappropriate. He is indeed a leftover from 1970s faux radicalism