Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Euston: the movie

Hmm, seems like I'm the only AW contributor who watched Aaro's lamentable "Don't get me started" programme on C5 last night. For various reasons I wasn't keen to write on this , so I'll keep my comments to a minimum. The film was a kind of "HP Sauce, the movie" (or, alternatively, "Euston: the movie") and starred the usual suspects: Alan NTM Johnson, Jon Pike, Jane Ashcroft, Shalom Lappin and Eve Garrard. The content: why oh why is "the left" in bed with "Islamofascist terrorism".

The film committed all the usual sins of Eustonite commentary, with various Islamic movements being run together as if they were all manifestations of the same thing (Hezbollah, AQ). The first part: why oh why is "the left" so obsessed with and hostile to Israel? I think there was one rather indirect reference to illegal Israeli settlements and no reference at all to the 1982 invasion of Lebanon in the entire programme, rather there was a sustained application of the "double standards" argument. Why oh why didn't "the left" make a fuss when Arab regimes massacred Palestinian refugees? [How did the Palestinian refugees get there then David? How come they were refugees?] Jane Ashworth deplored the bombing of children and was followed by Eve Garrard saying the "the left" only noticed when Arabs were the victims. Perhaps Eve and Jane should get together and notice some of those dead Arab children, killed by ... bombs.

There was at least one major factual howler when Jon Pike (an OU philosopher) claimed that Hezbollah had rained missiles down on Tel Aviv. No they didn't Jon ... they didn't have the range. Apart from that, what to say. Well there was the usual self-pitying sense of the Eustonites being an embattled minority, though this is pretty hard to sustain when you have a serving Foreign Office minister (in the shape of Kim Howells) on to support your case. As usual, Aaro made no real effort to support his claim that "the left" was siding with "Islamofascist terrorism". The closest he came was when he had Galloway voicing his congratulations to Sheikh Nazrallah. Since the strong suggestion was that "the left" had become apologists for acts like 7/7, this fell a long way short of making the case to anyone who thinks that Galloway is not the same as "the left" and who notices that fighting a guerrilla war against a multiple invader of your country is rather different from planting bombs on the tube.

UPDATE: HP Sauce have now posted links to the whole damn thing at YouTube.


Blogger Benjamin said...

These people are incurable, mate. Terror and Liberalism is their bible, and its endlessly revolving round and round their brains.

Added to that is their leftwing histories: the bad blood, bitter disappontments and rankling disputes, the past entanglements in lefty organisations. It's a potent, if farcical mix. It's going to run and run this, for sure.

9/27/2006 09:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your pain is our gain, Captain Cabernet. I'm glad I didn't watch, otherwise my telly would be lying on the pavement downstairs by now.

One small crumb is that at least these fuckers appear, from what you say, to have given up pretending to be on the Left.

9/27/2006 12:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Brissenden

Ho ho, that clip you have of Melanie Phillips on your website is very amusing. You half expect hubby Joshua Rosenberg to step right up there, take her by the arm and say "sorry folks, she's not been feeling well lately. Now come along dear, there, there..."

9/27/2006 02:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are Shalom Lappin and Rory Miller in the same room, just seen from different angles?

9/27/2006 06:24:00 PM  
Blogger Simon said...

I was interested in Geras's comment that the Israelis killed around a thousand Lebanese civilians but that this was as nothing compared to the thousands killed in Darfur, "shameful silence" (well he didn't actually say shameful silence but you got the idea), etc etc. It's interesting, because when people make the same argument viz. the body counts caused by terrorist attacks in the west as compared with the body counts generated by western-backed regimes (and indeed western regimes) elsewhere in the world, one gets called all manner of horrible names by the Decentists. You might even be called a 'relativist', for shame.

9/27/2006 09:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I watched the show (via Youtube) and it was reasonably reatrained, and made some obvious ponts fairly well. The comments I've seen here seem to refer to a documentary that tried to give them the ebola virus or something. perhaps some perspective would be useful?

9/28/2006 01:57:00 AM  
Blogger Benjamin said...

I note that, within a few minutes, Kim Howells was called upon to ratchet up the hyperbole.

Hezbollah is the "armed wing of Iran" and Iran is "developing a nuclear bomb to kill us with"!!

Not a great start.

9/28/2006 04:05:00 AM  

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