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Glenn Beck, Palestine, and the Streisand EffectTim King Salem-News.com
Getting caught in the 'Becksand' without a rope...
(SALEM, Ore.) - Some people just don't know how to take a joke, and I'm one of them when it comes to a prejudice little media fascist named Glenn Beck. The other joke-challenged people I reference are those who freaked out over my recent article about Glenn Beck's support for the freedom of Palestine.
No, Beck does not support the struggle for Palestine's liberation from apartheid Israel's Genocidal drive to steal every piece of Arab land left.
That would be like saying, 'Beck is good for kids' or something stupid like that, along those lines. In fact I suspect he, like other Zionists, simply want to wipe Palestinian families from the map, but it isn't so easy as the world continually comes to understand.
In fact this little reincarnation of all the bad fascist elements of the world would never do anything to help the people of Palestine, intentionally.
So I just thought I'd help him out by writing an article strictly based on Beck's verbatim comments. Yes, it is out of context, that is the point of a satire piece.
In his rant last week over the new song 'Freedom for Palestine' Beck mentioned that he feared he was actually promoting the song and cause, which he was, of course, by simply featuring it.
I assumed those reading the story would figure it out, particularly because I closed by saying:
I guess everyone isn't so quick at the draw. But I'm a good sport, and found the different complaints emailed to the newsroom interesting in their own way.
Gary 'The Prussian' wrote:
"I don't think you've lived that long. I am pretty old. I think your own prejudices have blinded you as to what is really happening in the Middle East. If you were really for freedom, you'd also be talking about liberating Kurdistan. And I haven't heard you even mention the Baha'is of Iran. The Baha'is of Egypt aren't much better off, and then there is also the Coptic Church of Egypt. Why do you suppose so many Assyrian Christians have left Iraq.
The Kurds? It is the first President Bush who did the Kurds in. I don't need to be as old as you to know that Gary. You want to know what makes me sick about that affair, besides the terrible Gulf War disease(s) that my friends suffer from? It is the Iraqi Army equipment still strewn along that road that leads from Kuwait to Iraq. The U.S. government slaughtered thousands of retreating Iraqi forces, the same guys that attacked Iran for the sake of American ego, after a diplomat told Saddam Hussein that the U.S. would not interfere with Iraq's business in Kuwait.
After all it was never necessary for the U.S. to enter that 1990/1991 Middle east affair because a particular Mujihadeen leader freshly home in Saudi Arabia, who had defeated the Soviet Union in Afghanistan with the help of a few other war lords, was more than willing to toss Saddam out of Kuwait. You might have heard of this guy, his name was Usama bin Laden, you know, the religious guy that the Americans killed in 2001, at Tora Bora?
It was a stupendous feat, because killing a man already dying of kidney failure that way allowed not one, but two U.S. presidents to create a 'bad guy' image for the world. They should however have stayed with just one 'bin Laden' for their CIA produced bin Laden video 'warnings' that were used to raise fear, justify the invasion of Iraq, (strangest aspect of all) and essentially drag the guy's image and recreated voice out any time they needed to take the heat down a notch, or defeat a Presidential challenger from the Democratic party, you know, that sort of thing.
Gary, you reference my being prejudice, really? I do exhibit strong prejudice toward state terrorism governments like Israel's and Sri Lanka's, the U.K. and the U.S. that perpetrate war crimes. In this regard I could care less what 'religion' the killers practice; it is a side issue at best and not one I take the time to engage in.
I have to say Gary lost me with, "You shouldn't be going to war if you aren't ready to live with the consequences of war." In fact that seems ironic given the circumstances. I say Gary that we just shouldn't be going to war at all.
What Gary is missing is that we write critically about all governments that subjugate people and particularly those that claim human lives in the name of religion- that is the worst. It just so happens that the U.S. funds Israel's internationally illegal acts and those of us with a conscience are troubled beyond by words over that.
Indeed, the Baha'i faith has taken a lot of grief for their religious open-mindedness; and no one suggests that all is perfect in Persia, however there is a strong protected Jewish population in Iran as there was in Iraq, and in no case did western or Israeli war benefit anyone in these nations.
If we want to play the "You didn't mention this..." game, Gary fails to note how our Muslim writer Agron Belica reinterpreted the Holy Qur'an and has suggested that no evidence exists to justify that the Jews killed Muslim prophets. He fails to note that we constantly publish Jewish writers and items out of Israel from the expanding number of human activists there. Funny, the people of every place that commits Genocide has their share of supporters. My recent articles about the Genocide in Sri Lanka have one person after another suggesting Salem-News.com is affiliated with the Tamil Tigers, just because I write about their tragedy, and then my favorite; when Zionists write S'alem-News.com and call us terrorist sympathizers because we know and understand that Hamas is the elected government in Gaza. Truth us a bitch for some people.
Amy wrote that my article:
... 100 percent misrepresents what Beck said on his program last week.
So Amy, you take that Glenn Beck seriously? I think you would have to in order to write this to me. I have been in this business since 1988 and I don't know how anyone who is driven in this field comes to be a 'former reporter', or how one who does feels qualified to talk down to a person like myself. Many of us have never stopped reporting for a second in our careers. You can go to the staff page and read about my working background, there is a bit to it.
I don't see Beck as anything more than a loose screw in a nation dominated by a disproportion of wealth and the ambitions of greedy religious fundamentalist zealots, regardless of how much money, or how many sheep follow him around the yard, he isn't real; Beck is a manifestation of everything wrong with America and his hate speech makes him an enemy of human activists, how about them apples? Let me be clear; we are a group of journalist who want to (quite literally) save the world.
As educated and experienced as any that have ever lived, our team of 87 writers are not all from the same cut as the prim and proper journalists who sold this nation down the road and is not even a serious informational contender. (Your generation?)
Some are professors, some are combat veterans, others are doctors, others are lawyers, yet some have tattoos, some surf and ride motorcycles; we are friends with all people and we don't accept the labels of 'terrorism' placed on every resistance group that struggles to unwedge the foot of oppression that attempts to hold them fast to the ground.
We don't ever pause to acknowledge silly petty minds that distract and dishonestly persuade people again, for the sake of everything that is wrong, however we will rake them over the coals if they are a suspected danger to future peace, and Glenn Beck is Public Enemy #1 in this regard.
And possibly the most insulting aspect of this media shock jock is that he somehow is representing religion? Is there no end to the alliances Zionists are willing to have?
Here are some facts about Glenn Beck, who grew up right here in the Pacific Northwest. I list them because it makes sense that any person who experienced the following things, would not have a normal outlook on life and would be entitled to having a jaded personality:
I mean maybe this guy has done what I have done, and if so, I give him credit. Perhaps he has spent time in Afghanistan and Iraq; going on combat missions, wondering if he is going to live or die another day in order to understand the nature of his nation's wars in the Middle east.
Surely anyone so pro-war and death would go and experience these things to know what they are all about in real time. However I can't find any accounts of his travels to the combat theaters, so perhaps one of his stalwart die hard listeners can educate me about that if I'm wrong.
I can just imagine how well Beck would get along overseas with all the guys. Every bus driven on Iraq bases that I visited had country music blaring from the speakers. Soldiers shout racial profanities at the Indian and Filipino drivers.
Everything during the day in the summer is stifling hot like few humans have ever imagined, and the Afghanistan winters on the mountain FOB's (forward operating bases) are so cold that you can never can even begin to forget it.
A final thought; for all of the Beck supporters who will suggest that people of his ilk, like politicians, do not need military experience in order to justify their pro-war positions, forget it, you're wrong.
If a politician or media personality is normal and doesn't cultivate hate and misinformation the way Beck does, then it is true that they require no military background, but if they take his position, they do.
That is when the bigger picture becomes entirely clear; there is not a single media pundit (except for the disgraceful criminal idiot Ollie North) that I can name who is pro-war, that has experienced war.
Even if there are one or two, they are insignificant as most people who have witnessed the horror of this, are against it by nature and seek a better way to manage world affairs.
(The Streisand effect is a primarily online phenomenon
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