I was having an interesting conversation with a friend today, and got to thinking about how Israel is perceived in the media. I’m no expert, but I’m sure that media coverage wasn’t so hostile ten years ago. If I’m right, why the shift? I don’t think it can be fully explained by changes in policy. Here’s the conclusion I’ve reached.
The British mainstream media, far from being controlled by large corporations, as the Left contends (or Jews, as lunatics contend), is dominated by left wingers. That’s true of the BBC, and the fact that the Beeb genuinely doesn’t believe it makes it all the more annoying and yet hilarious. It’s also true of papers like The Guardian
and The Independent
, which have, of course, every right to be left wing.
This is the deal with far too many on the Left: they take to its absurd limits the English tradition of always cheering for the underdog. Although in the Left’s case, it’s whoever they PERCEIVE is the underdog. This explains some extraordinary positions, and apparent inconsistencies.
This perception is often informed by base prejudice. Thus the fact that people who work in the countryside are among the worst paid in the nation matters not. Those who hunt or tend the land are thought of as wealthy Tories, and hated by the Left. Bone idle striking Tube drivers meanwhile, who actually earn more than I ever have, are the future heroes of the proletarian Marxist revolution. As such they are to be lauded.
Islamic fundamentalists, as I hate to call them (it suggests they are the true keepers of the faith, which is an uncomfortable conclusion) are being courted by the likes of Ken Livingstone (whom I think we can still call a Leftie, even though he’s basically a populist). The two groups wouldn’t seem to have much in common.
On the one hand we have Lefties, who are preoccupied by gay rights, who are often or even usually atheist, who purport to believe in free speech, who rabidly call for “abortion rights” and sexual liberation for women, and who claim to support diversity. On the other, we have a group of people who say they want to impose a faith on everyone, who want to kill all British and American troops and all Jews, who condemn homosexuality in the strongest manner possible, and who want to force women to wear burkas. Why do they feel common cause?
The fundamentalists are happy to be given a platform by the Lefties so that they can spout their poison. That explains that. But why do the Lefties give them that platform? Because the Lefties see the fundamentalists as the underdog.
This actually explains everything, I reckon. Sixty years after the Holocaust, Jews do not look so vulnerable to the Left. They have built a successful country in the middle of the desert, which contrasts markedly with the poverty stricken nations next door. Jews DO perform disproportionately well – not because of a conspiracy, but because Jewish societies teach the importance of secular learning and achievement as well as religious learning. It should be a source of inspiration to the rest of us.
People who would report you to the police for making a silly joke about the Welsh
will make remarks about Americans that they would condemn as grotesquely racist if made by someone else about someone of any other nationality. This is because America is overwhelming more successful than any other nation. It is sheer inverted snobbery and bigotry.
“No”, you may cry. “I dislike America because they interfere with the rest of the world.” Bollocks. You’re the first to blame George Bush for the AIDS crisis in Africa, and the first to say he should have done more to help the Tsunami victims, and you’d be the first to moan if America reverted back to her old isolationist ways. And if America hadn’t broken free of isolationism in the nick of time, you’d be speaking German right now. Oh yeah, and if we tried Islamic terrorists according to the "norms of their culture", then we'd end up cutting their hands off.
Perceived power is why people will make the most outrageous remarks about the Church of England, but seek to ban me from asserting that I think refusing to eat pork, or refusing to mix milk and meat, or chanting when slaughtering an animal is sheer superstition. The fact that white middle class Christians are seen by the Left to hold the reins of power in this country is why the Police, who are in the grip of left wing terror, persecute a little old man for holding up a banner condemning homosexuality, and refuse to round up people in Trafalgar Square openly calling for British subjects to be murdered.
We need to stand up and say a collective “F-k You” to the Left. (Sorry I have to censor myself, but if I don’t your firewall will do it for me and you won’t see this at all.) We won’t stand for this nonsense.
We don’t believe that Israel should be wiped off the map, although we don’t applaud every action of the Israeli state. We don’t think that anyone should be able to shield themselves from any and all mockery, even if they do have strong beliefs – free speech is more important than reverence. We agree with Dennis Miller
– it is obscene to call Bush “Hitler” and be indifferent about an evil dictator with a moustache who murdered as many people as he could, and who is only awaiting trial thanks to the war on terror. We deprecate the abuse of Iraqi prisoners, but we reject utterly the notion that such behaviour is par for the course, unlike with the old Iraqi regime, where it was a matter of state policy.
We don’t think people who are already well paid should have carte blanche to throw the country into chaos by striking on spurious grounds. We don’t think the Government should devote hundreds of hours of Parliamentary time to banning the hunting of vermin whilst launching assault after assault on people in the countryside. We don’t give a shit whether the UN delegations from Cameroon or Luxembourg vote in favour of or against us taking the action necessary to defend ourselves from our enemies. And we don’t think that calling a book Stupid White Men
is big or clever.