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Dec 12

A word of advice about the Middle East – we’ve reached the ‘tipping point’ with cliches - Comment - Voices - The Independent

A word of advice, therefore, for Middle East potentates, dictators, Western poseurs, television presenters and journos. Do not use the following words or expressions in 2013: moderate, democracy, step down, step aside, tipping point, falling into the wrong hands, closing in, spilling over, options on the table or – terror, terror, terror, terror. Too much to hope for? You bet. We’ll even get another load of cliches from the goodness factory to replace those that have already served their purpose.

via A word of advice about the Middle East – we’ve reached the ‘tipping point’ with cliches - Comment - Voices - The Independent.

24
Dec 12

Bashar al-Assad, Syria, and the truth about chemical weapons - Comment - Voices - The Independent

The bigger the lie the more people will believe it. We all know who said that – but it still works. Bashar al-Assad has chemical weapons. He may use them against his own Syrian people. If he does, the West will respond. We heard all this stuff last year – and Assad’s regime repeatedly said that if – if – it had chemical weapons, it would never use them against Syrians.

via Bashar al-Assad, Syria, and the truth about chemical weapons - Comment - Voices - The Independent.

29
Jul 12

Robert Fisk: Syrian war of lies and hypocrisy - Robert Fisk - Commentators - The Independent

Has there ever been a Middle Eastern war of such hypocrisy? A war of such cowardice and such mean morality, of such false rhetoric and such public humiliation? I'm not talking about the physical victims of the Syrian tragedy. I'm referring to the utter lies and mendacity of our masters and our own public opinion – eastern as well as western – in response to the slaughter, a vicious pantomime more worthy of Swiftian satire than Tolstoy or Shakespeare.

via Robert Fisk: Syrian war of lies and hypocrisy - Robert Fisk - Commentators - The Independent.

18
Mar 12

Robert Fisk: Madness is not the reason for this massacre - Robert Fisk - Commentators - The Independent

As usual, the journos had got into bed with the military to create a madman rather than a murderous soldier. Poor chap. Off his head. Didn't know what he was doing. No wonder he was whisked out of Afghanistan at such speed.

via Robert Fisk: Madness is not the reason for this massacre - Robert Fisk - Commentators - The Independent.