Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Guardian Disgrace

Can there be any doubt as to the leftist bias in the British media when The Guardian newspaper is exposed for having an Islamic extremist posing as a reporter ... and then refuses to fire him?
Did Britain's leftist newspaper The Guardian know that its trainee reporter is an active member of the radical terrorist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir and, if so, when did they know it?

Hizb ut-Tahrir, which seeks to reimpose the Caliphate by the sword or, in today's world, the bomb, is a radical Islamic splinter group banned in most countries but legal in Tony Blair's Britain.
British blogger Scott Burgess became suspicious when he read an article by "trainee journalist" Dilpazier Aslam in which the writer referred to today's youthful Muslim malcontents in Britain, including suicide bombers, as "sassy". Aslam suggested that no one should have been shocked by the suicide bombings on the London Transport system, because "shocked would be to suggest that the bombings happened through no responsibility of [Londoners'] own."


Burgess wrote about the curiously sassy Dilpazier in his blog, The Daily Ablution, and did some fast follow-up work. He discovered that the Guardian "apprentice" did, in fact, have previous journalistic experience. Aslam has had incendiary pieces published in Hizb ut-Tahrir's own blood-thirsty magazine with articles in which he specifically called for the overthrow of the state and the forceful imposition of the Kilafah (the Caliphate) -- especially with reference to Israel. Burgess quotes from one of his articles: "Muslims grant their loyalty and allegiance to their deen and the Ummah, not to a football team or nation state." Not even to a team! That's harsh!

The question Burgess, an American living in Britain, wanted cleared up was, when it hired Aslam as a trainee, did The Guardian know it was hiring a radical young man who had a history of promoting terrorism? Burgess guesses the answer is yes, on the theory that the best way for a young journalist to prove that he can write is to show the editors previously published work, and Aslam does not seem at first glance to be a young man who would miss a trick.

Burgess wrote a letter to The Guardian's comment editor, asking for an explanation that was met, of course, by a wall of silence.
The Guardian's leadership was clearly annoyed to be questioned by a mere member of the public, which they regard as an unwashed, ignorant tribe of reactionaries in the first place. Fortunately, one of The Guardian's competitors thought the possibility important enough to press for answers.
However, surprisingly, fellow "liberal" paper, The Independent, (paid link omitted) home of loony anti-war greenies, haters of George Bush and carbon emissions jihadis, not only picked up the ball and ran with it, but succeeded in getting a response out of The Guardian, which wrote the weasel words that they had been thinking their journalistic staff was "too male and pale".
So let's see, Guardian editors were so desperate to get a non-white person writing for their newspaper - as opposed to the most qualified candidate possible - that they apparently didn't bother checking his background ... or deliberately ignored what they found when they did. The idea that The Guardian's staff is "too male and pale," is, incidentally, both a racist and gender-biased statement in itself. It reveals yet another example of the self-hatred so prevalent among Britons, who have been told for the past 50 years that the English race and its culture are vile, evil and imperialist and that only non-white, non-British people and cultures have any value. Those toxic ideas, which have been mirrored to a lesser extent in the US, have so poisoned the British worldview, and decimated Briton's intellectual defences, that the country now lies vulnerable to the Islamic timebomb currently detonating within its borders. Ideas have consequences, and self-hatred leads to self-destruction.

That self-destruction is on full display at The Guardian, whose editorial leadership apparently doesn't care what Islamist extremism is doing to Britain, or actively hopes that it will wipe away the last vestige of native British culture.

Hizb ut-Tahrir peddles such radical Islam that they don't even have time for Saddam's best friend and silver-tongued apologist for Islam George Galloway. When he was campaigning, during a recent by-election in London's heavily Islamic constituency of Bethnal Green & Bow, a crowd of Islamic thugs pushed their way into an apartment he was calling on and, refusing to allow him to leave, issued a freelance fatwah. Galloway, who knows these people better than do most Brits, was clearly frightened. In his own words: "Hizb ut-Tahrir suddenly filled the room and blocked the door.

"I tried speaking calmly. They then said I was parading as a false prophet and served a sentence of death on me. They were claiming I was representing myself as a false diety and for this apostasy I would be sentenced to the gallows."

Readers of Aslam's think pieces had no reason to know that they were tainted with the poisonous drip of radical Islam. Worse, though, was his reporting of events, rather than opinions, as though a dispassionate observer instead of a heavily involved activist.

Does anyone think that The Guardian would have hired a right-wing Briton and allowed him to report the news? Or that they wouldn't have fired such a person the moment they discovered his background?

And what sort of reportage did this lead to?

A 15 year old Islamic schoolgirl in Luton decided the Islamic uniform the school had -- foolishly, in my opinion -- designed for Muslim girls wasn't Islamic enough to satisfy her burning religious fervor. She lobbied for permission to wear the full Muslim monty. The school said no. She was encouraged to fight her case all the way up to the court of appeal, along the way giving the papers some suspiciously sophisticated quotes for a little adolescent attention-seeker. Where was she getting the wherewithal and the encouragement to pursue this essentially vexatious case? Uh, none other than Hizb ut-Tahrir. She finally triumphed, with the help of famed "human rights" lawyer Cherie Blair, and sassy Dilpazier wrote of her ecstasy ("I could scream with happiness!") in The Guardian, supposedly as a dispassionate reporter, without mentioning that he was a member of the radical organization, which had promoted the case.

The Guardian stands as a prime example of the results of multiculturalist thinking (read: self-hatred of Western culture and its people), and the extent to which the extreme left has allied itself with radical Islam. To be sure, it's a strange alliance, since the Islamist hate everything the Western left stands for and would kill immediately most of the people the left defends (liberated women, the non-religious, homosexuals), but the Islamists and the left are drawn together by an overwhelming hatred of Western Civilization. The Islamist will do anything to destroy it, and the Left will do anything - and sell out anyone - to help them.


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