Friday, 4 February 2011
More than five years ago I put up the following. I've reposted this blast or post from the past because it does not date, and has relevance today, what with all the hysterical enthusiasm, displayed by the likes of Nicholas Kristof, who today informed the world that "We Are All Egyptians." Well, I'm not. And I don't think that you think you are either. And even if you were "an Egyptian," wouldn't you want to choose which Egyptian you would be? Would you want to be King Farouk? Nasser? Saint Sadat? Mubarak? Naguib Mahfouz? Zahi Hawass (not if you were a real Egyptologist you wouldn't)? Or would you rather be -- yes, I thought you would -- Nonie Darwish. Or Magdi Allam -- now there's someone who should be running Egypt, but he's far too good for that country. He should be Prime Minister of Italy. Egypt can have Nicholas Kristof.
Back in 1979, in Teheran, there was a journalist just like Nicholas Kristof. He was a protector of Islam, vaguely nasty, and certainly utterly uncomprehending, about the plight of Israel as it fends off the endless Jihad waged against it through every means including, inteermittently, open warfare. And he sided with "the people" in Teheran, and for him "the people" meant all those who oposed the Shah. Vainglorious and stupid, the Shah nonetheless had tried to bring his country out of its primitive state. By 1979, however, the corrruption of his court, which had beenemphasized by the squandering grandiosity of the celebration at Persepolis, and the unhinging of the rural and urban poor by the oil wealth, and the too-frequent use of the secret police, Savak (if any non-Iranian knew anything at all about iran in those days, it was not what Ayatollah Khomeini had written, it was not what was in the Constitution of 1906, it was not Edward J. Browne's works on classical Persian poetry and how it helped prevent the arabization of Iran, it was not what made such people as Bakhtiar or Hoveyda civilisationally more advanced than their Arab analogues, but one word: Savak, Savak, Savak.
That journalist was Edward Mortimer.
More than five years ago I wrote a Tribute to Edward Mortimer.
It's time, in monitory mode, to repost it:
Fitzgerald: A tribute to Edward Mortimer
Jihad Watch Board Vice President Hugh Fitzgerald lionizes the arch-dhimmi Edward Mortimer, Kofi Annan's speechwriter at the UN:
The Director of Communications at the U.N. and Kofi Annan's Chief Speechwriter (and also his "Senior Adviser") is one Edward Mortimer, formerly with the Euro-Arab Dialogue branch of the E.U., and before that, a journalist with a variety of English newspapers. He is most famous, among those who remember what he wishes they would forget, for the absolute delight with which he greeted that primitive pro-fascist mass-murderer, the Ayatollah Khomeini, the man who in his writings carefully explains to whom it is licit to serve the cooked remains of a goat, a camel, a sheep with which you have had sexual intercourse and then killed and cooked. That allows one to deal with that famous problem immortalized in song -- "breaking-up-is-hard-to-do" -- and at the same time thriftily observing the ethic of "waste not, want not." And then, of course, there are the Ayatollah's remarks on the absolute necessity of making war on the Infidels (see, for bloodthirsty samples, Ibn Warraq's Why I Am Not a Muslim, pp 11-12, and Robert Spencer’s Islam Unveiled, p. 35).
And not surprisingly, Mortimer is venomous on the subject of Israel. Now the real antisemites, as is known, have a few topics that they cannot leave alone, that haunt them, that they love to discuss endlessly. For some, it may be the supposedly "deliberate" attack by Israeli planes on the U.S.S. Liberty in June 1967 -- despite the careful analyses and now the released tapes that show conclusively that it was, of course, a mistake, friendly fire of the most understandable kind. (This does not prevent the likes of James Bamford in one of his books from claiming, without the least evidence, that Israel did this in order to "cover up" its crimes of executing Egyptian prisoners -- but then Bamford, of course, is the kind of man who pretends to be a tough, no-nonsense clear-eyed defender of America while opposing efforts to wiretap violent jihadists and insisting that there is no problem with Islam or a Jihad, no, of course not -- the problem is America's unreserved and total (!) "support of Israel." Tell that to the Christians in East Timor or the Southern Sudan.
Posted on 02/04/2011 12:14 PM by Hugh Ftizgerald
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