23. juli 2016

Medier associerer iransk massemorder med Breivik: “As he started shooting, he yelled ‘Allahu Akbar…”

Fredag var det fem år siden Anders Behring Breivik blev verdenskendt, og medierne gik til angreb på enhver form for islamkritik. Alt den norske blogger Fjordman havde skrevet gennem flere år blev motivfortolket udi det absurde, og væsentligste fund blev et par sætninger, der indikerede at Fjordman frygtede islamiseringen pressede velfungerende nationalstater ud i blodige borgerkrig. Her fem år efter hører man det samme fra forskere, for multikulturen blev ikke pludselig en god ide, blot fordi Breivik gjorde det sværere at bekæmpe masseindvandringen.

Jeg havde en gammel ven på besøg i går, og var offline det meste af dagen. Da jeg tjekkede telefonen, havde jeg fået tilsendt et screencap fra DR.dk med overskriften ‘Tysk politi: Intet tyder på islamistisk terror‘. Jeg fortalte min ven, at der formentligt havde været et islamisk terrorangreb i München, og gav historien et faneblad. Overskriften er ændret til intetsigende ‘Tysk politi opjusterer dødstal til 10’, og så er der ikke sagt for meget.

I dag kan jeg så læse, at den tyske anklagemyndighed på et pressemøde fortalte, at politiet efterforsker en eventuel sammenhæng til Anders Behring Brevik”. En vinkel BBC angriber offensivt med en fortælling, om at gerningsmanden var besat af massemordere, og citerer det tyske politi for at der var et ‘obvius’ forbindelse mellem Breivik og gerningsmanden. Sideløbende advarer politiet folk mod at dele billeder og videoer af episoden på sociale medier.

Nuvel. Gerningsmanden viste sig at være 18-årige Ali Sonboly, en i München bosiddende iraner med psykiske problemer. Råbte ‘Allahu Akbar’, da han begyndte at skyde fortalte et øjenvidne til CNN. Her citeret fra Daily Mail – Did Munich killer Ali Sonboly lure children to their deaths on Facebook?

“An 18-year-old German-Iranian man who complained he had been bullied killed nine people then himself during a gun rampage through Munich yesterday, with police probing claims he lured some of his young victims to their deaths with a promise of free McDonald’s food.

A fake Facebook page reportedly told youngsters to gather in a specific fast food restaurant yesterday afternoon for the special offer. At around 5:50pm, Ali Sonboly burst from the restaurant’s toilets and began ‘killing the children’ with a pistol, witnesses said. He then continued his bloody spree in a local shopping centre and on the streets around Munich’s Olympic quarter. …

The motive for the attack, which was captured in numerous dramatic videos, remained unclear this morning, however police were investigating footage posted online which showed the gunman talking of being ‘bullied for seven years’, raising fears it was a revenge attack on youngsters who had wronged him. …

In a late-night press conference, Munich Police Presidnet Hubertus Andrae admitted his officers were only just beginning to answer the questions thrown up by the attack and couldn’t yet rule out terrorism.

‘The question of terrorism or a rampage is tied to motive, and we don’t know the motive,’ he said, adding the attacker was not previously known to police.

(Ali David Sonboly, 18-årig iraner, bosat i München)

One witness, named only as Loretta, told how she had been in the McDonald’s with her son when the shooting started. She told CNN: ‘I come out of the toilet and I hear, like an alarm, boom, boom, boom. He’s killing the children. The children were sitting to eat. They can’t run.’

Loretta said she had been in the restrooms at the same time as the shooter, with her eight-year-old son. As he started shooting, he yelled ‘Allahu Akbar’, she said.

Opdate. Flere medier går hele vejen. Her et eksempel fra Fyens Stiftstidende (Ritzaus Bureau).

(Foto: Fyens.dk, 23. juli 2016: 18-årig tysker dræbte tyrkere og kosovoalbanere i München)

“He was put through a trade school in his early teenage years when it became apparent he was unlikely to complete the standard German Abitur exams. But he ended up failing at his school too, blaming bullying by ‘Turkish and Arabic’ schoolmates as being the reason for his poor educational performance.” (Daily Mail, 23. juli 2016)

Opdate II. Ny vinkel på TV2: Højreekstremisten var tysk-fransk.

(TV2 Livecenter, 27. juli 2016: “Den tysk-franske 18-årige mand… var højreekstremist”)



11. juni 2016

EM 2016, Marseilles: “… violence broke out after England fans started chanting: ‘Isis, where are you?!'”

EM 2106 er i gang, og det kan ikke rigtigt hidse mig op, nu hvor Danmark ikke er med. Jeg håber dog på England, for der er kun to uger til et muligt Brexit, og lidt nationalfølelse kan aldrig være en ulempe. BBC har på forhånd advaret fans mod at klæde sig ud som korsfarere, men pub-England er ikke sådan lige at tæmme.

Fra The Telegraph – ‘Isis, where are you?’ England fans ‘chant about terrorists’ amid Marseille clashes ahead of Euro 2016 opener against Russia.

“Two English football fans were arrested and one rushed to hospital with a serious head wound after trouble flared between supporters and locals in Marseille ahead of England’s opening European Championship match against Russia. …

One eyewitness, who arrived in Marseille on Thursday, said: ‘I was just sat at my table when my drink was ripped out of my hand and it all kicked off. I honestly couldn’t say who was to blame. It all happened in a blur.’ …

Some English supporters were said to have retaliated by attacking local shopkeepers and other youths in the area. Marseille resident Nicolas, 26, said violence broke out after England fans started chanting: ‘Isis, where are you?!’

Kevin Miles, chief executive of the Football Supporters’ Federation which runs the fans embassy in Marseille, said he believed the locals turned up with the intention of provoking the English fans. …

The National Police Chiefs¨’ Council lead for football policing, assistant chief constable Mark Roberts, said: ‘England supporters had been in Marseille yesterday without issue. At around midnight, there was a short confrontation where a group of approximately 70 local youths approached a pub where England fans had congregated.”

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9. maj 2016

Marlene Wind kritiserer mediernes manglende følgagtighed: De har gjort det ‘hipt at være EU-skeptisk’

Jeg kender ikke reglerne i detaljer, men hvis professorer kan søge invalidepension, så er tiden kommet for Marlene Wind. Medierne gør efter hendees mening ikke nok for at markedsføre EU-projektet, og politikerne forsøger (derfor) blot at ‘please et udefinerbart vælgerhav’. Wind anerkender enhver holdning til EU, hvis det er et uforbeholden ja.

Læserbrev af Marlene Wind i Politiken – Uduelige ledere og medier er ved at ødelægge Europa.

“Det er en kendt sag, at den britiske tabloidpresse i årtier har været notorisk EU-skeptisk grænsende til det perfide. … nu hvor briterne snart skal finde ud af, om de vil blive i EU, er det naturligvis bekymrende, at BBC har været så ensidig og konsekvent negativ. For ord betyder noget. Det viser også masser af forskning.

At tale EU ned er imidlertid – desværre – det nye sort og bestemt ikke noget, der er forbeholdt britiske medier. For nylig valgte Berlingske således at lægge to siders spalteplads til først et stort EU-kritisk interview med udenrigsminister Kristian Jensen (V) og dagen efter med Dansk Folkepartis formand, Kristian Thulesen Dahl. Ganske vist glemte journalisten af ren og skær sensationslyst at spørge udenrigsministeren, hvad det konkret var, han var så utilfreds med, så det fandt vi aldrig ud af. …

Hvis ikke Berlingskes nye chefredaktørs linje var et symptom på noget større, kunne man naturligvis være ligeglad. Men hvad der i særlig grad karakteriserer europadebatten overalt i øjeblikket, er en hidtil uset forhånelse af det fælles projekt, som modige politikere og intellektuelle møjsommeligt byggede op i asken af Anden Verdenskrig.

Det er med andre ord blevet hipt at være EU-skeptisk. Det giver medvind på cykelstien til enhver politisk plattenslager – kommentator eller redaktør – der gerne vil være med på noderne, men som ikke selv har nogen som helst vision for, hvad der eventuelt kan erstatte det fællesskab, vi kender.

… Vi er ganske enkelt nået så langt ud, at de politikere, der skulle lede Europa gennem endnu en vanskelig krise, er villige til at ofre de åbne indre grænser og lægge Schengen i graven, blot for at please et udefinerbart vælgerhav, der selv famler i blinde efter blot et minimum af politisk lederskab. ..

Vi er lige nu vidner til et svigt af dimensioner. Ikke af EU, men af moderne politikere, der reelt er bange for at være ledere. …

Forlader man fællesskabet, vil man derimod sejle alene på ligegyldighedens store ocean. Det var Obamas budskab til briterne, da han besøgte dem forleden, og vil naturligvis gælde tifold for os i Danmark, hvis EU-skeptikerne på Borgen og i redaktionslokalerne får magt, som de har agt.”

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5. oktober 2015

Mahmut Abbas opfordrede til terror i Jerusalem, jøder myrdes, MSM problematiserer israelsk reaktion

For et par dage siden bloggede jeg om torsdagens dobbeltdrab, og lørdag lykkedes det igen palæstinensere at myrde to tilfældige israelere (og såre en 2-årig med knivstik), denne gang i Jerusalem. Ikke en overraskende udvikling, når nu præsident Mahmut Abbas fornyligt opfordrede sit folk til at myrde israelske jøder med ordene: “We salute every drop of blood spilled for the sake of Jerusalem. This blood is clean, pure blood, shed for the sake of allah…”

De danske medier valgte at ignorere både Abbas’ tale og de efterfølgende terrorangreb, og kom først på banen da israel endelig svarede igen. Fokus er så ikke Abbas’ rolle i mordene, eller mordene, men den israelske reaktion. Meget lig BBC, der headliner med med overskriften ‘Palestinian shot dead after Jerusalem attacks kill two’.

Fra DR Online – Palæstinensere udelukkes i to dage fra det gamle Jerusalem.

“Palæstinensere vil i to dage være forment adgang til den gamle bydel i Jerusalem. Det oplyser israelsk politi ifølge nyhedsbureauet AFP. Forbuddet kommer efter to voldelige overfald lørdag og vil ramme palæstinensere i det østlige Jerusalem, som ikke bor i den gamle bydel. Ifølge politiet vil kun israelere, turister, beboere i området, forretningsdrivende og skolebørn vil få adgang til bydelen.

… Der har de seneste uger været flere sammenstød mellem palæstinensere og israelsk politi ved al-Aqsa-moskeen i den gamle bydel.

Nogle palæstinensere føler sig truet af, at et stigende antal jøder ønsker at bruge den hellige plads Haram al-Sharif – blandt jøder kendt som Tempelbjerget – til at bede.

(Mahmut Abbas hylder islamiske terrorister, Palestinian Authority TV, 16. september 2015); MemriTV)

“Onward we go, Allah willing. We salute you and all the men and women in ribat. We salute every drop of blood spilled for the sake of Jerusalem. This blood is clean, pure blood, shed for the sake of Allah, Allah willing.” (Mahmut Abbas, 16. september 2015)



24. juni 2015

EB.dk kolporterer Paul Erhlichs klimaforskning – Forudsagde i 70’erne hungersnød med mio. døde i USA

Klimaforskning er forlængst blevet en religion. Vi er på vej mod ‘masseudryddelse’, kan man læse i Ekstra Bladet, der har oversat en artikel fra Daily Mail.

(Ekstra Bladet, 20. juni 2015: Forskere: Jorden nærmer sig ny fase – mennesket uddør før vi aner det)

Erhvervsmanden Lars Tvede kommenterer på Facebook, dansk oversættelse her.

“Historien nedenfor om vor snarlige udryddelse går nu sin gang på verdens medier…

Historien citerer et forskerhold ledet af Paul Erhlich, en af verdens mest berømte økologer, som har modtaget utallige priser for sit arbejde.
Ham har jeg fulgt længe… Eksempelvis har Erhlich bl.a. i 70erne forudagt, at der ville komme hungersnød med millioner af døde i USA, at Indien aldrig ville kunne brødføde sin befolkning, at råvarepriserne ville gå amok og at sandsynligheden for, at England eksisterede i år 2000, var ca. 50%. Om arters udryddelse har han tidligere postuleret, at vi mistede ca. 250.000 arter årligt; at halvdelen af alle arter ville være uddøde i år 2000 og samtlige ville være forsvundet i 2015 (OK, nu har jeg lige set en fugl flyve forbi, men år 2015 er jo ikke slut endnu).

Men i sin nye rapport siger han altså så, at vi alligevel ikke mister 250.000 arter årligt, men derimod at vi har mistet knapt 600 arter på 500 år. Det er altså godt en (1) art om året og altså ikke 250.000 arter, som han tidligere mente (hvilket forklarer min fugl). … Det betyder, at vi på 500 år har mistet tilsammen – hold fast – 0.007 % af verdens arter, svarende til 0.000014 % om året. Samtidig er der dog også kommet nye arter til, men lad nu det være.

Men rapporten viser også, at der forsvandt flest arter mellem 1900 og 2010. Nuvel, men det skjuler, hvad der er sket de sidste årtier:

1. Verdens biomasse er steget 14% siden 1980.
2. Skovene vokser nu i det meste af verden.
3. De globale landbrugsarealer er toppet og begyndt at falde.
4. Vi er kun ca. 10 år fra at verdens befolkning når under replacement fertility.
5. Omfattende samarbejde mellem akvarier, botaniske haver og zoos for at beskytte arter
6. 10-dobling af verdens naturreservarter
7. Vi kan nu teknologisk genskabe uddøde arter via DNA arbejde
8. Masser af frøbanker

Her er et fromt ønske: Kan journalister ikke lige stikke en finger i jorden og bringe en anelse perspektiv, inden de bringer den slags videre?”

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6. august 2013

Politiken: Boston-jihadister var kun muslimer af ‘bekvemmelighed’, var påvirket af ‘højreekstremisme’

Anders Breivik forklarede i sit meget omtalte manifest, at han var inspireret af Rote Armé Fraktion og Al-Qaeda, uden at det af den grund har fået analytikere til at tvivle på hans ‘højreorienterethed’. Nu viser det sig så, at Boston-bombemændene tidligere havde interesseret sig for nationalsocialistisk litteratur, velsagtens fordi nationalsocialismens jødehad passer som fod i hose med islamismens ditto. Politiken aflirer en BBC-historie, der vender alt på hovedet. Fra Bostonterrorist læste højreekstremistiske bøger .

“De to brødre, Tamerlan og Dzhokbar Tsarnajev, der stod bag terrorangrebet under Boston Marathon i april, som dræbte tre og sårede over 100, er indtil nu blevet opfattet som uafhængige jihadister.

Men et fund af højreekstremistisk litteratur på den ældste bror, Tamerlans, bopæl tyder på, at de har været påvirket af højreekstremisme.

Flere bøger, som er fundet på Tsarnajevs bopæl, handler om motivationer bag massemord og om at nyde at myrde og lemlæste. Nogle højreekstremistiske bøger om hvidt overherredømme lovpriste Hitler og mente, at »han havde en pointe«.

[…]

Det var også først efter udelukkelsen fra boksekampen, at Tamerlan Tsarnajev konverterede til islam. Dog siger Nicole Mossalam, en talsmand fra Tsarnajevs moské i Cambridge, at hans engagement i det islamiske trossamfund var mangelfuldt.

»Han var mere muslim af bekvemmelighed«, siger hun til BBC.”

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8. februar 2013

Medier: Når en islamkritisk marxist forsøges myrdet, så er han qua sin islamkritik ’stærkt højreorienteret’

Journalisten.dk skriver, at svenske medier betegner historiker Lars Hedegaard som værende ‘islamfjendtlig’, og redaktører fra Dagens Nyheter og Svenska Dagbladet beklager ligefrem at de i enkeltstående tilfælde, var kommet til at bruge den lidt for ‘eufemiske’ etiket ‘islamkritisk’. Personligt mener jeg de svenske aviser er mere Islam-ukritiske end egentlig Islam-kærlig, men dem om det. I Danmark politiserer medierne ikke helt så groft, men de holder sig heller ikke tilbage.

(DR Online, 6. februar 2013: Hedegaards kollega: Ny islamkritisk avis årsag til mordforsøg)

Onsdag aften betegnede DR Nyheder Dispatch International som ’stærkt højreorienteret’. En Urias-læser tog dialogen med en DR-ansat der har en bachelor i Retorik, og for et par år siden blev indstillet til Cavlingprisen.

Urias-læser: Jeg vil gerne spørge jer hvad der i jeres øjne berettiger prædikatet ’stærkt højreorienteret’ om Dispatch International.

Laura Marie Sørensen, DR: Tak for din mail. Jeg synes bestemt ikke, at der i artiklen er tale om en tilsvining, men om oplysning om Dispatch International, der jo selv kalder sig en islamkritisk avis. Det er ikke et prædikat, vi har givet dem.

‘Moderation i forsvaret af frihed er ingen dyd’, men det siger alt om den herskende diskurs, at kritik af Islam automatisk ses som noget ’stærkt højreorienteret’. Selvom Hedegaard stædigt fastholder et marxistisk verdensbillede, så er han først og fremmest velorienteret, og det da interessant, at medier der tænker dybt over brugen af de rigtige nedladende begreber (de facto views), laver så markante fejl i forhold til det faktuelle (news).

Da historien breakede tirsdag eftermiddag fortalte flere medier, herunder TV2 News og Svenska Dagbladet, at Lars Hedegaard var dømt for racisme. BBC News gjorde det samme, hvorefter en i Asien bosiddende Urias-læser skrev til redaktionen.

Urias-læser: “You write :Mr Hedegaard heads the Free Press Society and International Free Press Society, and was fined in 2011 for insulting statements about Muslims.

Fact: Mr Hedegaard was, indeed, fined, BUT in a later Supreme Court case aquitted and the case was dropped, thrown out by the highest legal institution.

Your piece makes him a criminel. He walked off, free of any guilt.

BBC News website: Thank you for pointing out our mistake. We have now made clear that the conviction was overturned.

(BBC News, 5. februar 2013: Denmark shooting: Gunman targets Islam critic Hedegaard)

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11. december 2012

Udenrigsminister Søvndal efter møde med Syriens kommende ‘Islamist-In-Chief’: Han virkede ‘moderat’

Villy Søvndal er ingen stor politiker. Det er altså børnelærdom, at man som udenrigspolitiker ikke kalder en arabisk leder for ‘moderat’. Fra Jyllands-Posten – Søvndal: Syrisk oppositionsleder er moderat.

“Udenrigsminister Villy Søvndal (SF) har mandag i Bruxelles sammen med de 26 andre udenrigsministre i EU spist frokost med lederen af Den Nationale Koalition for den Syriske Revolution og Oppositionsstyrker, Mouaz al-Khatib.

Og Søvndal er ganske tilfreds med al-Khatib og hans koalition, som Danmark siden søndag har betragtet som “den legitime repræsentant for den syriske befolkning”.

– Vi havde en meget fin drøftelse og et meget opløftende møde. Han er en leder, som virker ikke alene moderat, men også klar på, hvad det er for nogle opgaver, oppositionen står over for, siger Søvndal på et pressemøde efter mødet i Bruxelles.”

(Ahmad Mouaz Al-Khatib Al-Hasani, leder af ‘den Syriske Revolution’)

Fra Foreign Policy – Islamist-In-Chief.

“By dispelling Western fears of growing jihadist influence within the Free Syrian Army, the rebels hope, the new coalition can open the door to increased financial and military assistance from the international community.

The election of the Cairo-based Khatib, a former imam of Damascus’s historic Umayyad Mosque who was imprisoned under Assad, is a crucial part of this strategy. Western media outlets such as the BBC were quick to declare him “a respected figure within Syria” who holds “moderate” political views, citing his trips to Britain and the United States, as well as his teaching experience at the Dutch Institute in Damascus, as evidence. However, public statements posted on the clergyman’s website, darbuna.net, paint a different picture.

Khatib’s website features numerous instances of anti-Semitic rhetoric. In one of his own articles, he writes that one of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s positive legacies was “terrifying the Jews.” He has also published others’ anti-Semitic observations on his site: In one article, written by Abdul Salam Basiouni, Jews are described as “gold worshipers.” Finally, in an obituary of a Gaza sheikh copied from IslamSyria, Jews are dubbed “the enemies of God.”

While Khatib used his post-election speech to call for equal rights for “all parts of the harmonious Syrian people,” his previous rhetoric toward his country’s minorities has been nothing short of virulent. One of his articles describes Shiite using the slur rawafid, or “rejectionists”; he even goes further, criticizing Shiites’ ability to “establish lies and follow them.” Such language, needless to say, will hardly reassure the country’s Alawite community, a Shiite offshoot to which Assad belongs. …

Khatib is also a fan of Qatar-based Egyptian televangelist cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi. His website places Qaradawi on equal footing with Tunisia’s Mohamed Bouazizi, whose self-immolation set off the Arab revolutions, and praised the Egyptian preacher as “our great Imam.” Qaradawi is a controversial figure who has been denied entry to France and Britain for his support of suicide bombings — he has described such attacks, when used against Israel civilians, as “evidence of God’s justice.” Given Qaradawi’s Qatari connections, Khatib’s praise of the cleric may be an indication of where his loyalties lie. …

Taken as a whole, these statements raise disturbing questions about whether Syria’s new opposition leader is truly as “moderate” as he has been described in the press. His religious and political views appear divisive and at odds with the reassuring image Syria’s opposition is trying to present — both domestically and on the international front. Rather than a positive step forward, Khatib’s leadership suggests that Syria’s opposition is poised to repeat the same mistakes that have bedeviled it since the beginning of the revolt.

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17. oktober 2012

Winston Churchill fik ikke mulighed for at tale mod ‘appeasement’ på BBC i årene op til 2. Verdenskrig

Yderst interessant historie fra Daily Telegraph, der fortæller at Winston Churchill blev syltet af BBC i årene frem mod 2. Verdenskrig. Da han beklagede sig over det, skete det til BBC’s Guy Burgess (foto), der senere blev afsløret som Moskva-tro top-spion. Fra Nick Robinson: Winston Churchill’s bitter battle with the BBC.

“John Reith, the BBC’s founding father, had always disliked Winston Churchill and ended up loathing him. … This was a personality clash with policy consequences. Churchill never forgave the BBC for what he saw as the censorship of his views. Years later, he would exact his revenge.

The way Churchill was handled is a powerful warning of the dangers of the BBC believing it is being balanced by excluding the voices of those who do not represent conventional wisdom.

In the early years of the BBC, Reith’s main way of steering clear of controversy was to aim for political balance. Reith did this by subcontracting the choice of political speakers heard on the BBC. The leadership of each party could choose who broadcast on its behalf. It was an approach that guaranteed exposure for the opinions of ministers and their shadows, while dissident voices were silenced. Winston Churchill and David Lloyd George jointly complained that they were being prevented from broadcasting their views simply because they were not party loyalists. …

Between 1930 and 1939, the number of radio licences issued tripled from three million to almost nine million. Yet in these years, when his voice could have made such an impression on the public consciousness, Churchill was heard only rarely on the BBC. He spoke on just 10 occasions in 10 years, and two of these were appeals for charitable causes.

He was finally invited to give a talk in 1934 and used this opportunity to warn of the danger of ignoring German rearmament. That broadcast demonstrated the impact Churchill could have had in warning the country against appeasement. It was not to be. This was his last radio appearance on the subject before the outbreak of war.

There is no written evidence that Churchill asked the BBC for the opportunity to speak out against appeasement. However, he did complain to a young BBC producer who visited him on the day after Chamberlain returned home from Munich. A memo records their meeting. They spent hours discussing the Nazi threat and “Churchill complained that he had been very badly treated… and that he was always muzzled by the BBC”. The producer was called Guy Burgess. The man who would become his country’s most famous traitor tried to reassure the man who would become its saviour that the BBC was not biased.

After Churchill became prime minister, on 10 May 1940, vast numbers listened to his extraordinary wartime broadcasts. …

On 5 April 1955, E R Thompson, the BBC’s first parliamentary correspondent, delivered the first-ever live TV news report: the announcement that Churchill was retiring. Churchill had unwittingly done the BBC a favour by resigning during a newspaper strike so that the corporation had the story to itself. Not for much longer, though. Some years earlier, Churchill had taken a decision that would change television for good.

He had decided to break the monopoly that his old enemy John Reith had considered so vital for broadcasting. He did so in the face of Reith’s hysterical warning that commercial television would be as disastrous for Britain as “dog racing, smallpox and bubonic plague”. Indeed, that wild overstatement seems to have helped overcome Churchill’s initial doubts. The grand old man explained his conversion to his doctor, Lord Moran: “For 11 years, they kept me off the air. They prevented me from expressing views that proved to be right. Their behaviour has been tyrannical.”

Not for the last time, the BBC was being punished by a prime minister who could not and would not forget how they had mistreated him two decades earlier. Not for the first time Churchill was to be proved right and Reith completely wrong. The legacy of their bitter personal feud was the end of the BBC’s monopoly and the creation of a brand-new TV channel.”

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3. oktober 2012

Eric Hobsbawm (d. 2012): Et liv dedikeret til stalinisme, men stadig centrum-venstres yndlingshistoriker

Eric Hobsbawms 628 sider lange ‘Age of Extremes’ var noget nær den første bog jeg fik lagt i hånden, da jeg for mange år siden startede på historiestudiet. Allerede som teenager meldte han sig ind i ungkommunistiske Sozialistischer Schülerbund, og først efter Murens fald, 60 år senere meldte han sig ud af Communist Party of Britain, kort før partiet opløste sig selv. Han døde tidligt mandag morgen i an alder af 95 år, og Daily Mails barske gennemgang er lige på kornet – He hated Britain and excused Stalin’s genocide. But was hero of the BBC and the Guardian...

On Monday evening, the BBC altered its programme schedule to broadcast an hour-long tribute to an old man who had died aged 95, with fawning contributions from the likes of historian Simon Schama and Labour peer Melvyn Bragg.

The next day, the Left-leaning Guardian filled not only the front page and the whole of an inside page but also devoted almost its entire G2 Supplement to the news. The Times devoted a leading article to the death, and a two-page obituary.

(The Guardian, 2. oktober 2012)

came to Britain as a refugee from Hitler’s Europe before the war, but, as he said himself, he wished only to mix with intellectuals. ‘I refused all contact with the suburban petit bourgeoisie which I naturally regarded with contempt.’ Naturally.

If the name Hobsbawm rings a bell at all, people might recollect that it was also the name of Julia Hobsbawm, a PR expert who, in collaboration with the future Mrs Gordon Brown, was one of the spin doctors who sold New Labour to this country.

There is a world of difference between the ideology of Julia’s sleek, modern New Labour ideas and her father’s hard-nosed Stalinism, but one of the things they had in common was contempt for ‘ordinary people’.

Eric Hobsbawm took part in one of the most extraordinary conversations ever on British television. Speaking in 1994 to the author Michael Ignatieff about the fall of the Berlin Wall five years earlier, the historian was asked how he felt about his earlier support for the Soviet Union.

If Communism had achieved its aims, but at the cost of, say, 15 to 20 million people – as opposed to the 100million it actually killed in Russia and China – would Hobsbawm have supported it? His answer was a single word: ‘Yes’.

Just imagine what would happen if some crazed Right-winger were to appear on BBC and say that the Nazis had been justified in killing six million Jews in order to achieve their aims. We should be horrified, and consider that such a person should never be allowed to speak in public again – or at least until he retracted his repellent views and admitted that he had been culpably, basely, wrong.

Yet the awful thing about the phenomenon of Eric Hobsbawm is that the exact opposite to this is what happened.

He was awarded a Companion of Honour by Tony Blair… A professor of history, he was regularly lionised on the BBC and in the liberal newspapers as our ‘greatest’ historian.

(The Guardian, 2. oktober 2012)

It is true he modified his hard-line support for Stalin and his death-camps as the years went by. The elderly Hobsbawm was not the same person who, in 1939, co-wrote a pamphlet defending not only Stalin but Hitler, too – and justifying the Nazi-Soviet pact to carve up Poland and dominate Eastern Europe.

But as far as the history of the 20th century was concerned, he never learned its lessons. The tens of millions dead, the hundreds of millions enslaved, the sheer evil falsity of the ideology which bore down with such horror on the peoples of Russia, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland and Germany, never occurred to this man.

He went on believing that a few mistakes had been made, and that Stalinism was ‘disillusioning’ – but that, in general, it would have been wonderful if Stalin had succeeded. …

What is disgraceful about the life of Hobsbawm is not so much that he believed this poisonous codswallop, and propagated it in his lousy books, but that such a huge swathe of our country’s intelligentsia – the supposedly respectable media and chattering classes – bowed down before him and made him their guru. Made him our ‘greatest historian’.

The truth is that, far from being a great historian who sometimes made mistakes, Hobsbawm deliberately falsified history.

In his book The Age Of Extreme, published in 1994, he quite deliberately underplayed the Soviet Union’s attack on Finland in 1939-40, saying it was merely an attempt to push the Russian border a little further away from Leningrad. He also omits any mention of the massacre of 20,000 Polish soldiers by Russian Secret Police at Katyn.

In the same book, he dismisses the appallingly violent suppression by the Nazis of the Polish resistance in the 1944 Warsaw uprising – when a complacent Soviet army ignored desperate pleas to come to the Poles’ aid – as ‘the penalty of a premature uprising’.

These are not mistakes – they are wicked lies.

In his 1997 book On History, he wrote the following: ‘Fragile as the communist systems turned out to be, only a limited, even minimal, use of force was necessary to maintain them from 1957 until 1989.’

This again is a blatant lie. A huge and ever-growing Soviet armaments industry ensured there was continued violence in most of the major trouble-spots of the world through those years before Communism collapsed. …

Ask the inhabitants of Prague, where Soviet tanks rolled into the streets in 1968, if they agreed with Hobsbawm that this was ‘minimal use of force’.

Ask the millions of people who were taken from their homes by KGB thugs and forced to live, often for decades, in prison-camps throughout the Gulag, whether force had been ‘minimal’.

Nor were Hobsbawm’s rewards merely the sycophantic praise heaped on him by Lefty academics and silly chatterers at London dinners. Having cultivated his group of Left-wing protégés at Birkbeck College in London, where he dominated the history department and went on to become President, he was showered with accolades by academics of the Left. …

What his death tells us, however, is that the liberal establishment that really runs this country has learned no lessons from history. It is still prepared to bow down and worship a man who openly hated Britain – and who knowingly wrote lies.”

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