Enemy of this enemy no friend

Quote of the day:

. . . Whoever wields the shovel, bullshit is bullshit. It is bullshit to claims that Islamist acts of terror have nothing to do with Islam, or that ISIS are freedom-fighting anti-imperialists in sheik’s clothing. However tenuous their grasp on scripture, these are swivel-eyed religious fanatics on a killing spree of shocking proportions. Common antipathy towards U.S. (oh, and Israel) is a very bad reason not to stop them. – Phil Quin

This enemy of the USA is no friend of anyone’s except those who share its evil intent.

Anyone using anti-Americanism to justify not doing everything possible to counter that evil is letting political prejudice blind them to reality.

Hat tip: Karl du Fresne


Apropos of mindless anti-Americanism and confused thinking:

To which someone responded:

Labour doesn’t want to send troops to Iraq but it wants to send TVNZ reporters?!

6 Responses to Enemy of this enemy no friend

  1. Andrei says:

    A better choice for quote of the day might be

    “Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.”

    – Mark Twain

    That there is evil abroad there is no doubt.

    But what to do eh?

    Is the West really divinely appointed by God to impose its values upon the world courtesy via cruise missiles and drone strikes?

    At some point we need to ditch the slogans, evaluate where we are and how we got here and ask the hard questions.

    But I don’t hold out much hope that this will ever happen

  2. Andrei says:

    Anyone using anti-Americanism to justify not doing everything possible to counter that evil letting political prejudice blind them to reality.

    Sorry to harp on but this post replete with straw men might be an example of you letting political prejudice blind you to reality.

  3. Dave Kennedy says:

    I am just thinking about past wars and the fact that journalists reporting the reality of what was actually happening in the war zones probably had a greater impact in ending the war than thousands of soldiers. Obviously in such situations journalists should choose to go to such dangerous environments, not be sent. It was the images of US soldiers torturing prisoners that stopped the practice. Journalists have an important role to play because they are our public watchdogs.

  4. Andrei says:

    Dave Kennedy Journalists have just as much, if not greater role in stoking wars as ending them.

    For example News stories on TV about our deployment to Iraq are frequently accompanied by video of Egyptian Copts being beheaded on a Libyan beach – images that outrage us all but have little or nothing to do with our mission in Iraq, which will have zero impact on the problems in Libya.

    Regrettably this is the way it works, we are bombarded with emotional imagery, the meaning of which is often distorted, and which raises our anger which turns our brains off leading us to blindly follow our leaders into what often turns out to be a great folly.

    Alas poor humanity the days of the lion laying with the lamb remains as far from us as ever

  5. Dave Kennedy says:

    Andrei, I have to agree that media manipulation is a reality and the US military provides protection to journalists entering battle zones with the expectation that will write favourable pieces. However there is also a tradition of journalists independently reporting the reality and our own Peter Arnett exposed the lies behind the US descriptions of surgical attacks and smart bombs in Iraq with the actual reality of indiscriminate slaughter of civilians. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Arnett

    Perhaps you are right in suggesting that true independent journalism is a dying. The Peter Arnett School of Journalism at the SIT has been wiped through lack of demand. The Southland Times employs far fewer journalists than ever and none work on weekends now. Editorial independence at provincial level has been limited by Fairfax’s national control of our printed media and real investigative journalism is become a rarity.

    Possibly more journalist are now employed by private companies and in Government departments to spin media releases than by the countries newspapers. Much that is now printed in our newspapers is just been copied verbatim from the spin provided. The Ministry of Social Development alone spent almost $6 million last year on PR:

  6. Dave Kennedy says:

    oops grammar check, ‘country’s’ newspapers above.

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