The ‘Independent’ today had a price on the front page of the paper, which showed 80 pence. The reaction was that this is quite cheap for the Saturday edition of a newspaper, considering that similar “quality” newspapers can cost two pounds and more. However, on closer inspection the 80 pence revealed itself as an offer, which you can come into receipt of if you buy the paper for a week. The real price of the paper was one pound eighty pence.
One suspects that the mainstream press is going to extraordinary lengths to sell its junk. The unsuspecting think, “well, it is something to look at on the bus” and buy it and, if they have bought anything else, they might not even notice the pound missing in their change.
Of course, when you actually read the gobbledygook of pseudo journalists cum pseudo academics such as the ‘Guardian’s’ Michael Cohen, we should not be surprised that people are increasingly turning away from the drivel that these papers print. Or is anyone really idiotic enough to give any credence to the puerile, pathetic pathos and hyperbole scribbled down in the author’s article, “The liberal case for President Obama to strike the Syrian regime”.
It is not enough that this person of the obviously crudest half education begins by drawing a little analogy from the summer of 1864 when the US General William Tecumseh Sherman saw himself forced to raise Atlanta to the ground. If the analogy had a point, well it was to tell us that drastic action is sometimes necessary, even when it is not really wanted.
However, the analogies do not end there and we are told about the West’s reaction to Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait. Of course, our budding “Historian” forgets to mention that it was the West who gave the Iraqi dictator, at least what he perceived to be, the green light and, indeed, it was the West who supplied him with the chemical weapons which he used during the Iran-Iraq war, which raged for almost eight years until August 1988. Moreover, let’s not forget the fact that the West also failed to prevent Ali Hassan Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti, better known as “chemical Ali”, doing his master’s bidding when he crushed the Kurd rebellions, which started in 1988, when thousands fell victim to chemical gas attacks. Why would the West intervene at that time? After all, Saadam was their friend.
Yes, of course, we might argue that Assad’s attacks, nevertheless, offer Washington a chance to redeem itself. However, our pseudo Journalist cum Historian is not only neither a proper journalist, nor a proper Historian, he is actually a fool. Doesn’t he get it; this was a set up and the war in Syria is a war produced in the West and now there is a case of History repeating itself, Mr Cohen. Well, I ended up paying the one pound eighty for the ‘Independent’, but it is still nice to know that there are bigger fools than me running around.