Tuesday, March 14, 2006

GUARDIAN UNVEILS NEW BLOG; TAMIMI WHITEWASHED

Today the Guardian Online unveiled a very good-looking comments blog. Today's offerings include a piece by The Gorgeous One. I was pondering how long it would take before calls of "Miaow!" starting ringing out when I noticed the first comment on the article:
Great column George, truly, talking truth to power. Quite the cat's whiskers indeed.
Congratulations to Tim Worstall for no doubt being the first of many.

I wonder how long it will be before comments on Galloway's writing will become as heavily moderated as Stopper debates about Iran? (Follow the link for a fine example of the SWP ignoring facts that don't fit with their anti-US, anti-imperialist worldview.)

Of course, the Guardian still haven't stopped whitewashing Azzam Tamimi, who writes today on Israeli piracy. From the article:
And what sort of justice does one expect from Israel? The kind of justice delivered using US-made F16s and Apache helicopters to dozens of Palestinian leaders as they sat in their offices, among their children or in their cars. And for what crime? For resisting an occupation that is illegal according to the UN and for putting up a struggle against a colonial regime that is a hundred times worse than the defunct racist apartheid regime of South Africa.
A hundred times worse? Care to back that one up? I didn't think so.

Here's the Guardian's profile of him:
Dr Azzam Tamimi is the director of the Institute of Islamic Political Thought (IIPT), London. He is currently visiting professor at Nagoya University. He has published several books, the most recent of which was on Islam and democracy, Rachid Ghannouchi, Democrat within Islamism (Oxford University Press, New York, 2001). He also co-edited Islam and Secularism in the Middle East (Hurst, London and NY University Press, New York, 2000). Another book, Hamas, the Unwritten Chapters, is due in summer 2006. He writes and lectures on issues related to Islamic political thought and Middle Eastern politics. He is a regular commentator on the Arabic satellite channel al-Jazeera and makes frequent appearances on a number of other channels, both English and Arabic.
Not one mention of the fact that he's a spokesperson for the MAB, the British wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. Perhaps that might account for the fact that "he is a regular commentator on the Arabic satellite channel al-Jazeera and makes frequent appearances on a number of other channels, both English and Arabic". But Guardian readers don't need to know that, do they?

More information on Tamimi and the MAB can be found here, here, here, here and here.

Anyone else find it a little odd that a left-leaning newspaper should choose to publish articles attacking Israel by hardline Islamists with such extreme views on suicide bombers and Jews? And it's not the first time either.

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