Being defamed by Russell Brown and Mr Smug
I have just received the equivalent of a drive-by shooting from a Lexus hybrid.
The aesthetic left of Mr Smug over at Fundy Post and local middle class foghorn Russell Brown* have disgustingly both insinuated on their timid blogs that I support Osama Bin Laden's actions when I blogged...
(From the Martyn Bradbury Collection on loan from the Art Museum of Cynicism)
Let’s remind ourselves. This week the West killed an unarmed elderly man in front of his daughter using information to locate him taken under torture at a cost of $1.2Trillion while killing anywhere between 100 000 and a million and you want a rousing round of USA?
Who knew Russell Brown and Mr Smug over at the Fundy post were such sniveling apologists for Western foreign policy?
Let's be very clear, because Russel Brown and Mr Smug don't seem to understand, I have never supported Osama Bin Laden and as Russell well knows from my position over the Urewera trials, I have no interest in guns and politics.
Russel's attack on Hone by continuing to misquote him (even though I am taking stuff.co.nz to the press Council over their disgusting misquote of Hone) has more to do with his Labour Party affiliations than any real understanding of what Hone actually said, because as it has been pointed out, Hone was referring to the Bin Laden family and how THEY saw Bin Laden.
Twisting Hone's words AND mine into some sort of support for a mass murderer is the sort of shit throwing one expects from the right, but not so often from those pretending to be left.
Their beef is that I support Osama Bin laden by mitigating his crimes, which is bullshit because i have done no such thing and have zero time for people wanting to advocate violence for political gain. My point was the following...
What a dreadful waste of a decade for the West's 'war of terrorism'. Over a Trillion dollars in direct costs and anywhere between 100 000 and a million dead civilians (we're not sure because we don't count 'them' when they die). The biggest waste has been that we don't seem to have learnt a God damned thing from Osama Bin Laden.
I love how the retrospectives of Osama all come to that point in his history where the CIA funded him, that the narrator always mumbles a bit. What have we learnt in a decade? Osama Bin Laden was created by Western foreign policy. We couldn't give him enough guns when he was killing Soviets but didn't see that we were seeding the grounds for a pathological monster.
Osama made the connection that there was no point fighting the regimes in the Middle East that the West propped up, he concluded the taxpayers of America were as legitimate a target as military ones because it was the over arching Washington consensus global economic hegemonic structure that funded the repression of Muslim countries.
You would think after such spectacular blow back that we would at least stop sowing the seeds of tomorrow's monsters with today's black ops budgets, but no, we are seeding the monsters in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan and Tajikistan while continuing to prop up CIA client dictatorships.
We've learnt fuck all in a decade.
Turns out the West was the weapon of mass destruction.
...thank God Chris Trotter gets it...
But last Monday, when I learned that a commando unit of US Navy Seals had done just that, there was nothing. The sense of exhilaration I’d expected to feel just wasn’t there. Instead, I experienced a very different sensation: a feeling of emptiness; of moral vacuity; of a world going under for the final time … in a sea of blood.
And I realised with a dead feeling that Osama Bin Laden had won.
“HAVE A CARE when fighting monsters”, warned the German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, “lest ye become a monster yourself.”
As I watched the crowd outside the White House wave their flags in the darkness, and listened to the guttural chanting of “U-S-A! U-S-A!”, I recalled the images of joyous Palestinians chanting “Allahu Akbar!”, “God is great!”, and passing out sweets, as news of Bin Laden’s successful attack swept along the Arab “street”.
I heard the American Right demand that President Barack Obama release photographs of Bin Laden’s dead body, and I recalled the “proof of death” videos released by Islamic terrorist groups – the ones where they cut off their prisoners’ heads.
I read the columns of respected New Zealand journalists; columns in which Bin Laden’s death is celebrated in gory, gloating detail: “They blew half his face off.” Columns in which the most splendid achievement of Western Civilisation – the Rule of Law – is casually cast aside: “There are certain people to whom the rules of law and life do not apply. There are certain people who simply have to be killed and thrown to the sharks”. Columns in which President Obama is told he had “a duty to kill”; to make it “final and tidy, no civil rights, no due process”.
I read these columns, and more than ever I was seized by the completeness of Bin Laden’s victory. By the way in which his 9/11mission had succeeded in overthrowing all of the religious and civic traditions which had, over the course of twenty bloody centuries, ceded to the West the unprecedented role of global moral arbiter.
...the celebrations and ritualistic chanting of USA while ignoring the Wests own role in building the monster of Osama Bin Laden equates to support of Osama Bin Laden in the cosy leafy suburbs of Public Address and Fundy Post, so how does one go about tackling middle class sanctimonious clowns like Brown and Mr Smug at Fundy Post? Why you quote directly from their Lord and saviour, Noam Chomsky...
It’s increasingly clear that the operation was a planned assassination, multiply violating elementary norms of international law. There appears to have been no attempt to apprehend the unarmed victim, as presumably could have been done by 80 commandos facing virtually no opposition—except, they claim, from his wife, who lunged towards them. In societies that profess some respect for law, suspects are apprehended and brought to fair trial. I stress “suspects.” In April 2002, the head of the FBI, Robert Mueller, informed the press that after the most intensive investigation in history, the FBI could say no more than that it “believed” that the plot was hatched in Afghanistan, though implemented in the UAE and Germany. What they only believed in April 2002, they obviously didn’t know 8 months earlier, when Washington dismissed tentative offers by the Taliban (how serious, we do not know, because they were instantly dismissed) to extradite bin Laden if they were presented with evidence—which, as we soon learned, Washington didn’t have. Thus Obama was simply lying when he said, in his White House statement, that “we quickly learned that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by al Qaeda.”
Nothing serious has been provided since. There is much talk of bin Laden’s “confession,” but that is rather like my confession that I won the Boston Marathon. He boasted of what he regarded as a great achievement.
...what Mr Smug and Russell Brown seem to miss is the very nature of this State sanctioned assassination. Noam Chomsky doesn't miss this point. We 'won' nothing by shooting an old (I note your main petty point seems to be that I described the 54 year old Bin Laden as elderly, so let me replace that with old) unarmed man in front of his daughter. Such assassinations are not how Freedom and Democracy are defended.
We might ask ourselves how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic. Uncontroversially, his crimes vastly exceed bin Laden’s, and he is not a “suspect” but uncontroversially the “decider” who gave the orders to commit the “supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole” (quoting the Nuremberg Tribunal) for which Nazi criminals were hanged: the hundreds of thousands of deaths, millions of refugees, destruction of much of the country, the bitter sectarian conflict that has now spread to the rest of the region.
..my point alongside Chomsky is that our Western double standards give us no cause for celebration. Articulating that does not mean I support Bin Laden's violence!
NZers were easily led by the manufactured crises at the Hobbit promoted by Russell Brown and the corporate media, let's not get misled once again by the same clowns into believing that I or Hone support terrorism.
Who knew this final image would actually sum up the middle class blood lust of Public Address and Fundy Post?
*Yes I know it was only this week that I was calling on the NZ Herald to add Russell Brown to their weekly political column to give balance to their incredibly unbalanced appointment of a Government propagandist like Farrar, and i still stand by that. While I totally disagree with Russell Brown's defamation of me, a middle class fog horn is still a better balance to a Government pollster than not having him at all.