If you hear London calling, run in the opposite direction

This is London calling, and it’s not a place you want to go. First, from Melanie Phillips, we get a view into how the media, especially the British media, reported the war (hat tip: Crossing the Rubicon):

In short, much of the most incendiary media coverage of this war seems to have been either staged or fabricated. The big question is why the western media would perpetrate such institutionalised mendacity. Many ancillary reasons come to mind. There is the reliance upon corrupted news and picture agencies which employ Arab propagandists as stringers and cameramen. There is the herd mentality of the media which decides collectively what the story is. There is the journalists’ fear for their personal safety if they report the truth about terrorist outfits. There is the difficulty of discovering the truth from undemocratic regimes and terrorist organisations. There is the language barrier; there is professional laziness; there is the naïve inability to acknowledge the depths of human evil and depravity; there is the moral inversion of the left which believes that western truth-tellers automatically tell lies, while third world liars automatically tell the truth.

But the big answer is that the western media transmit the lies of Hezbollah because they want to believe them. And that’s because the Big Lie these media tell — and have themselves been told — about Israel and its place in history and in the world today has achieved the status of unchallengeable truth. The plain fact is that western journalists were sent to cover the war being waged against Israel from Lebanon as a war being waged by Israel against Lebanon. And that’s because that’s how editors think of the Middle East: that the whole ghastly mess is driven by Israel’s actions, and that therefore it is only Israel’s aggression which is the story to be covered. Thus history is inverted, half a century of Jewish victimisation is erased from public consciousness, victims are turned into aggressors and genocidal mass murderers turned into victims, and ignorance and prejudice stalk England’s once staunch and stalwart land.

That’s why the fact that hundreds of thousands of refugees from the north of Israel fled to the shelter of strangers in the south; that within one third of Israel, those too poor or old or handicapped or disadvantaged to seek refuge elsewhere were forced to live in shelters for a month in great hardship; that the entire economy of northern Israel was effectively shut down for a month; that thousands of rockets were fired at northern Israel, hundreds every day, many times more than were daily fired at Britain during the Blitz — that’s why none of this was reported in Britain (where as a result such facts, when now related, are received with open-mouthed astonishment) because journalists were told to ignore it all since that wasn’t the story their editors wanted. Israel’s victimisation simply was not, could not, be the story. The only story was Israel’s aggression. But that story is a Big Lie. So a host of lies were transmitted to support it.

Second, we get to see how this Big Lie plays out on London’s streets (hat tip: Seraphic Secret):

A 12-year-old Jewish girl who was beaten unconscious and robbed by anti-Semitic yobs on a bus has spoken out at her disgust that no-one came to her aid.

The girl, who does not want to be identified, was stamped on several times in a racist attack lasting around five minutes while on board a 303 Metroline bus in Mill Hill, north London.

At 6.30pm on August 11, she and a friend were sitting at the back of the bus when a group of around four girls got on at the Concourse, Grahame Park estate, and asked them if they were English or Jewish.

They both replied they were “fully English”.

One girl in the group asked the victim for money, but she said she did not have any.

She and her friend tried to leave the bus at Mill Hill Broadway but were blocked by the gang who searched their pockets and stole a bracelet.

One girl hit the victim around the face with her phone, slapped her several times, grabbed her hair and pulled her to the floor, where she was kicked and stamped on. She was left with a fractured eye socket, bruising and swelling to her face and chest.

“All I remember is her stamping on my face,” she said. “Me and my friend were screaming. Then I blacked out. There were four people on the bus who didn’t do anything.”

After regaining consciousness, the girl and her friend tried to pull the bus doors open to escape.

She said: “The driver heard the attack and didn’t open the doors. A boy opened the doors for us and I ran off.”

It’s becoming a scary thought indeed, that there might “always be an England.”  I’m sorry for those of you Brits who are good, and honorable, and true.  Your ancient country is becoming a place where you no longer belong.

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  • http://ymarsakar.blogspot.com/ Ymarsakar

    Thus history is inverted, half a century of Jewish victimisation is erased from public consciousness, victims are turned into aggressors and genocidal mass murderers turned into victims, and ignorance and prejudice stalk England’s once staunch and stalwart land.

    A curious byproduct is that because it was originally balanced as good vs evil, if you stack the deck, the new balance will be evil vs evil. If you recall Nick, those people believe both sides are equally to blame, and the solution is for one side to finish slaughtering the other one. Which, on balance, means evil wins.

    Propaganda could not turn Evil into Good, after all, but they could create a new balance where the Good of Israeli care for life and civilians is turned into a miasma of “everyone targets civilians, Israeli and Palestinian”.

    Your ancient country is becoming a place where you no longer belong.

    People not stepping up is actually a syndrome of socialist policies and the police state that derives logically from fighting terrorism as a police matter (sort of like fighting drugs and the mob as a police matter, police always gets more powers).

    People become apathetic, they don’t care, because it is not their duty to care, it is the duty of the government to care. When the government doesn’t care, then nobody can step up to do anything lest they be punished for acting out of turn.

    People don’t want to be bothered with the nitty gritty realities of Palestinians killing Jews and Jews killing Palestinians. They believe both are equal, both are bad, both should be gotten rid of. They kill with inaction, they kill with words, they kill with compassion. They leave it to the thugs and the violent doers to do the killing directly, while they stand and watch, either enjoying themselves or telling themselves it is not their place to interfere.

    The fractured eye socket, again with the mob kicking you while you’re down. Running is a good idea, of course not if you aren’t in shape. But in a bus, there is no running. There is only the attack option. If you don’t attack, you will be attacked, and then you’ll be on the ground, immobile, and outnumbered. Which is a great way to get your bones fractured and your head caved in, because mobs tend to try to kick your head.

    A mob takes time to rouse itself to violence. Each individual in that mob, that group, has fear. Dismember the leader or the boldest, biggest, member of the group, and the group becomes paralyzed. These girls in Britain, they are more violent than the boys. Another incident where a group of drunk teenagers caved in a man’s head on the concrete, was also started by the girl attacking the wife of one of the two men. The British girls seem to have even more psychological problems than the boys, or so it seems.

    An interesting role reversal. This is not the age of chivalry, for sure.

    You know what the good thing about a bus is. Even though you can’t escape easily, the nature of the bus allows only 1 to 2 people to attack you at the same time. If you don’t let them surround you by giving them time to get into the adjacent seats, you can have an even 1 on 1 fair fight.

    Not that I suggest fighting fair, this isn’t the age of dueling either.

    A person can rely on himself or he can rely on others. To which do you think is the most reliable in terms of self-defense?

  • Danny Lemieux

    The sad thing is that, had anyone intervened to help the girls, it would have been the rescuers that would have been prosecuted. Great Britain now has a higher violent crime rate and a justice system that weights heavily in favor of the criminal. There is very little downside to criminal activity when criminals know they will be judged as “victims with rights”. Such a situation is (for now) unimaginable in the United States. However, there is a fundamental difference between our two societies: Great Britain is populated by “subjects to the Crown”. In America, we are still citizens of a country where, ostensibly, the State remains answerable to we the people.

  • http://www.kevincumblidge.com Kevin

    In order to gain a better understanding of the deterioriation of civility within Engilish society and its causes, I would like to suggest reading, “Life at the Bottom: The Worldview that Makes the Underclass” by Theodore Dalrymple.


  • Sherlock

    Your observation re the inversion of history is spot on – but the interesting question is why? How did Israel go from being the plucky underdog kid that most in the US and Europe admired, to a country widely (if not accurately) regarded as an oppressor and the source of all that is wrong in the Middle East?

    The answer I think lies in the belief system that lies at the heart of “liberalism”. The core of this belief system is that people (and countries) are innately evil, and if given the opportunity they will oppress anyone weaker than they.

    This explains both the infatuation of liberals with both the weak (e.g. Arabs), and internationalism (UN) as a means of controlling and weakening the power of the strong (e.g. the US, UK, Microsoft…).

    So by surviving the assaults of its neighbors for 50 years, and horrors, prospering far beyond any of them while doing so, Israel has become in the Middle East what the US has become in the world at large… a brazen refutation of the core Liberal value that strong is wrong simply by virtue of achieving strength.

    In the liberal mind, strength can never be achieved honorably, for strength can only come from having oppressed the weak, who are by definition noble even if they are bloodthirsty.

    So, the next time you see the US pilloried about human rights by some murdering autocrat who chairs a UN “rights” committee, or hear a US Democrat screech about “fascism” in the US and the government “chilling” free speech, or hear the only democracy in the Middle East (except for Iraq) accused of aggression for defending itself against rocket attacks; and you wonder just what the hell is going on… just remember the simple credo of the Liberal: “Strong is Wrong”. For the Left it trumps all logic, as it must, least their whole belief system be shown to be a gaily colored piñata full of bitter misanthropy.

  • http://ymarsakar.blogspot.com/ Ymarsakar

    Most people on the Left use logic in order to create a self-reinforcing environment of justifications and excuses. Rather than use logic to pierce the fog of ambiguity, they create more of the same.

    Take the Lieberman thing for example. They look at it, and think of it as Lieberman’s fault for leaving the party. They look at a republican who did not vote for the war, losing, and they think of it as the Republicans doing a purge.

    Their reasoning being, lots of people are to the right of Lieberman, Lieberman didn’t get purged, Lieberman left cause the voters didn’t like him. Such astute logical reasoning, don’t you think. And when Republicans vote off un-conservative candidates, they see that as purges in action rather than democracy in action. The Democrats are allowed everything and anything, including a police state, because everything is consistently justified. They spend most of their time weaving defenses and support structures, by this time in this century they should have more or a less a fortress, a mental fortress.

    There are a lot of people on the Left. The realists, the guys going on about KKK klansmen, the fake liberals, the utopians, the socialists, the power mad and hungry. The Left has a pretty big tent now a days.

    You can tell the difference because people who are realists, are people who think both Israelis and Palestinians are evil and should destroy each other cause it annoys them. The fake liberals, at least pretend to be for the side of “righteousness”, that side being the side of Hizbollah and Hamas.

  • erp

    How did Israel go from being the plucky underdog kid … In a word, oil.

  • Danny Lemieux

    Erp, I don’t agree. “Oil” may be a realpolitik issue for the French, Russians, Chinese and other mercenary nations, but it does not explain the sheer hatred of Israel and the Jews expressed by Leftwing intellectuals. I suspect that at least part of the reason for their hatred is that Israel stands as testimony to the success of values that are innimical to the right: strong defense, religious values, and industry. Israel’s continued successes against its “third world” enemies is a stain on the Leftwing world view whereby the truly depraved are worthy of victimhood.

  • Sherlock


    Yeah, what #7 said, ‘cept he said it better than I did.

  • erp

    You’re entitled.

  • http://www.cheatseekingmissiles.blogspot.com Laer

    Did anyone notice that the ethnicity of the attackers was never mentioned in the news item? Isn’t this an important bit of news? What people should English Jews be looking out for? Skinheads? Asians? Swedish swimsuit models? Muslims?

    It is irresponsible to report a crime and not give pertinent information about the criminal. This is just another of the endless examples of hyper-sensitivity protecting the bad guys at the expense of the good guys.