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Kiwi could put Britain in dock - PilgerDescribing Pilger as anything but a cheerleader for anti-American tyranny, and giving him an entire puff piece for his usual Americans-are-the-real-terrorists sermon, shows the SST has an ignorance of the the dearth of morals and accuracy in Pilger's work
by Emily Watt
Crusading journalist John Pilger says a Kiwi fighting to prove the Iraq war is illegal could force Britain before the International Criminal Court for war crimes.
Pilger, however, is rather confused about the identity of today’s fascists. He gives his political support in Iraq to the pro-Saddam insurgents and suicide bombers, or what he calls “the Iraqi resistance.” He says American armed forces are illegal occupiers and are the moral equivalent of the Nazis in France. He has described coalition troops as “legitimate targets.” That is, he supports the killing of American, British, and Australian soldiers in Iraq. He says “we have no choice,” meaning we of the political left have no choice, “but to support the resistance, for if the resistance fails, the ‘Bush gang’ will attack another country.” In other words, this journalist is an activist for the other side. Pilger is one of the more depressing manifestations of the adversary culture that grips much of our media today. Cheering for the enemy is a sure path to celebrity....and this:
Between them, Pilger and Fisk represent the nadir of Western journalism in our time. They take us back to those apologists of the Soviet era in the 1930s, such as Walter Duranty, the Moscow correspondent of the New York Times, who lavished praise on Stalin and the USSR at a time when hundreds of thousands of Russians and Ukrainians were dying of starvation or perishing before the regime’s firing squads. In his day, Duranty, who won the 1932 Pulitzer Prize for his efforts, was as celebrated as Pilger and Fisk are now, but what stuck in the long run was the epithet another Moscow correspondent, Malcolm Muggeridge, later gave him: “the greatest liar of any journalist I have met in 50 years of journalism.” Duranty and his successors betrayed their profession.