Simon Tisdall urges total capitulation

October 7, 2013 at 6:01 pm (africa, apologists and collaborators, capitulation, fascism, grovelling, Guardian, history, islamism, Jim D, Libya, reactionay "anti-imperialism", terror)

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Tisdall: a Paul Faure de jour

You don’t have to be a fan of US imperialism to wish the yanks well in hunting down al-Qaida and other such murderous fascists.

But, it would seem, Simon Tisdall, senior foreign correspondent of the Graun doesn’t share that feeling. In fact, attempts to apprehend and/or kill such people as Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai (wanted for the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed over 250 people) and Ahmed Abdi Godane (who claims responsibility for the Westgate mall attack) are to be deplored and sneered at:

“The two raids may provide Obama with temporary relief from his domestic troubles, distracting attention from the government shutdown. But secretary of state John Kerry’s claim on Sunday that the operations showed terrorists they “can run but they can’t hide” was macho bombast straight from the George W Bush school of utter thoughtlessness.

“The raids yielded one wanted man. They shed yet more blood. They played the terrorists’ game. They invited further retaliation and escalation down the road. They reminded Muslims everywhere that the US, in righteous mood, has scant regard for other countries’ borders and national rights. And they did nothing to address the roots and causes of confrontation between Islam and the west.” Read the whole thing here, but prepare to be nauseated and/or infuriated..

I leave aside, for the moment, Tisdall’s apparent acceptance (in his final sentence) of the jihadists’ (and the anti-Muslim racists’) claim that the struggle against Islamist terrorism is, in fact, a war on Islam itself. And I won’t bother asking what, exactly, does Mr Tisdall think “the causes of [the] confrontation” are. For now, I’d merely ask, what does Mr Tisdall think should be done in response to outrages like Westgate? Anything at all?

One small cause for hope: judging by the below-the-line comments, even CiF readers seem to be appalled at Tisdall’s craven appeasement.

Finally (for now) I would urge readers to check out this fascinating comparison between present-day Guardianistas and the Paul Fauristes in France during WW2. All proportions guarded, I think the comparison is apposite and entirely fair.


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  2. Matthew Blott (@MatthewBlott) said,

    I’ve not read Tisdall for some time but he didn’t seem of the Jonathan Steele / Seumas Milne school when I did, always seemed pretty balanced. I think there must be something in the air at the Graun offices sending everyone mad.

    • Jim Denham said,

      Yes, as one of the btl commenters at CiF notes, Tisdall’s articles at the time of Westgate were somewhat better than most of what was appearing in the Graun at the time…not that that’s saying much.

  3. R F McCarthy (@RF_McCarthy) said,

    ‘And they did nothing to address the roots and causes of confrontation between Islam and the west’.

    Except that disastrous as they were the interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan were attempts to do exactly that.

    The imposition of bourgeois democracy, full integration into global capitalism and the growth of consumerist possessive individualism was supposed precisely to break what the neo-conservative writer David Pryce Jones called The Closed Circle.

    That they failed so miserably to do the one thing the bourgeoisie has been tasked with history to do really is the grimmest of portents for the human race.

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