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Disaster has become big business. Talking to immigrants stuck in limbo in Britain or visiting immigration centers in America, Loewenstein maps the secret networks formed to help cor­porations bleed what profits they can from economic crisis. He debates with Western contractors in Afghanistan, meets the locals in post-earthquake Haiti, and in Greece finds a country at the mercy of vulture profiteers. In Papua New Guinea, he sees a local commu­nity forced to rebel against predatory resource companies and NGOs.

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Stone Robert!

Evil has a name, and that name is Robert Fisk. The Australian editorial page has turned to parody in the name of defending war and occupation:

Very few people live to see their names turned into verbs, but it happened to Robert Fisk. In Pakistan after the September 11 attacks, the British journalist was beaten up by a group of Afghani kids, prompting him to write a much-mocked column detailing his sympathy for his assailants. This almost self-parodic piece of left-wing self-hatred was instantly dissected across the internet – and the term “fisking” quickly became synonymous with the point-by-point refutation of facile over-the-top arguments. But as undistinguished as that episode was, it pales in comparison to Fisk’s florid and rambling appearance on ABC’s Lateline on Wednesday night. Speaking from Beirut, the infamous war correspondent who has made his fortune documenting the misery of others revealed once and for all the moral bankruptcy of the post-modern Left. The topic of discussion was the video just released by terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. And just as he blamed the West for the actions of his Afghani muggers, Mr Fisk blamed the US for the “bestialisation” (as he put it) of men such as Zarqawi and Osama bin Laden. In Fisk’s universe, men such as Zarqawi (who is perhaps most famous for decapitating American businessman Nick Berg on camera in 2004) are false bogeymen. “Is this a person who is seriously an enemy of the West or is this just another person who is popping up on our screens to say this is the latest mad lunatic?”, Fisk said. It was too much even for host Tony Jones, who rightly pressed his guest for an explanation and finally got an admission that “OK . . . they are bad guys”.

Fisk’s head-in-the-clouds belief that terrorists are just a by-product of Western perfidy coincides with the release of an opinion poll suggesting that terrorism is lessening as a concern for Australians. These results repudiate Fisk’s theory that people need false demons created for them: Westerners do not want to live in fear, and would prefer to worry about other things. Men such as bin Laden and Zarqawi target the West for reasons that are much more complex than the dreary determinism of individuals such as Fisk for whom the US, Israel, and their allies are the root of all evil.

It’s clearly much more noble not asking “why”, creating politically convenient myths and fighting terror in every corner of the globe. I, for one, feel safer.

By so closely associating itself with the Bush doctrine of unprovoked war, the Murdoch press has little choice but to declare jihad on the “moral bankruptcy of the post-modern Left”. The only people who engage in such ideological games are those who spend far too much time embedded in the cloistered world of White House press briefings. In this twisted universe, Iraq is liberated and on the way to democracy. A shame, therefore, that hyperbole doesn’t match the reality.

The Murdoch press has blood on its hands.

  • Addamo

    Whagt a piece of shit is this article?

    What pin headed reasoning. It sounds like Piers Ackerman wrote it.

    So help me out here – becasue we are feeling less worried abtou terrorism in Australia, it must mean that the US does NOT falsify demons? That is in spite of the Pentagons own confession that it has doen preceisely that.

    The spin is so think and murky, these idiots can't see where they are headed anymore.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    It's so funny, I suspect the editorial writers had to drink a lot to get through it. This is the new line. Post-Iraq, the "Western left" are the threat within.
    I'm glad to be seen that way, you too?

  • Addamo

    Of course. I'll be glad when the right blames us officially for the failure of the war.

  • Jon

    The editorial writers of The Australian are morons. Don't they have anything better with their times then devoting their editorial to a journalist who gave an interview to Lateline. Its much like their pathetic attacks on the ABC and Media Watch.

    Fisk unlike Mr Mitchell and his bunch at the Australian actually lives in the middle east and I'll give his views a lot more credibility then that bunch.

  • viva peace


    Indeed the Oz oped editors are a shock, aren't they? For example did you follow the recent four day debate following AL's published article on "The Lobby?" 😉

  • edward squire

    Westerners do not want to live in fear, and would prefer to worry about other things.

    …esp. things that actually affect them.

  • Addamo


    That Four day debate actually got people's inietersts up did it not? It also involved opinions on both sides of the debate. The lynching of Fisk was a one sided event.