Monday, January 12, 2004

Two-Faced BBC
The BBC has suspended a television host for "anti-Arab" comments he made in a newspaper column. Some of his original comments include:

"Apart from oil - which was discovered, is produced and is paid for by the west - what do they contribute? Can you think of anything? Anything really useful? Anything really valuable? Something we really need, could not do without? No, nor can I.

"What do they think we feel about them? That we adore them for the way they murdered more than 3,000 civilians on September 11 and then danced in the hot, dusty streets to celebrate the murders? That we admire them for being suicide bombers, limb amputators, women repressors?"

Basically, I think this is spot on. His critics have responded with ad hominem attacks, primarily calling him a racist, but never addressing the content of what he said. Did the palestinians not dance in the street on 9/11?

Describing him as "a man who positively revels in airing his anti-Arab and anti-Muslim views," the Muslim Council of Britain urged the BBC to "take the necessary disciplinary action".

Robert Marshall-Andrews, the Labour MP, said: "I think it is the most loathsome and illiterate article I have ever read in a British newspaper. The only conceivable purpose is to create ignorance and prejudice."

But here is where it goes through the looking glass. The BBC has suspended him for the above comments and the police are considering charges for "inciting violence" but when a BBC contributor wrote of Israelis "I think they are Nazis, racists. I feel nothing but hatred for them," adding: "I never believed that Israel had the right to exist at all," the BBC did NOTHING. When Kilroy-Silk writes that he does not "admire" Arabs for using dismemberment as a punishment, they come down on him like a ton of bricks. When Paulin writes Israelis "should be shot dead," that is no problem for the BBC. Well, it's a huge problem for me.

Update: Mark Steyn brings his always fantastic writing to this same issue. Plus he has more examples of the absurd deference that the Muslim lobby gets from the PC crowd.

[T]he arts crowd says a healthy society has to have "artists" with the "courage" to "explore" "transgressive" "ideas", etc. But, when Cincinnati Muslims complained about the local theatre's new play about a Palestinian suicide bomber, the production was immediately cancelled: the courageous transgressive arts guys folded like a Bedouin tent.

Update: Some hope for Western civilization after all. Charles Johnson points out that an unscientific phone poll found 97% of Britons siding with Kilroy-Silk and against the BBC.

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