May 26, 2003


Asked last year if the liberation of East Timor may have been a root cause of anti-Australian terrorism - as a statement from Osama bin Laden asserted - John Pilger had this to say:

We can't believe that. We can't believe all these things we're being told.

Maybe he’ll believe it now:

Bali bombing co-ordinator Abdul Aziz (aka Imam Samudra) has cited 13 reasons for the fatal blast, singling Australia out for its role in a "conspiracy" to separate East Timor from Indonesia.

Aziz's 13 reasons are contained in a dossier or brief of evidence to be used at his upcoming terrorism trial.

The 33-year-old recounted the justifications during police confessions which form part of the 2000-page dossier.

In it he claims "Australia joined in separating East Timor from Indonesia" in an international conspiracy by followers of the Christian cross.

Pilger led that “conspiracy”. He might eventually learn that these people hate him as much as they hate Bush or Howard.

Oh, and Alison Broinowski (who believes that crude, insensitive Australians provoked the Bali attacks) might be surprised to read today’s Daily Telegraph, which reveals (no link) that Aziz kept a porn collection on his laptop. Such a devout person.

Posted by Tim Blair at May 26, 2003 04:54 AM

Well, and of course Noam "No one is paying attention to East Timor but virtuous Me" Chomsky must also now be considered a root cause of 9-11, Bali, etc.

Or as Chomsky would say, "It is obvious to any honest person that Chomsky bears the blame for this cycle of violence."

Posted by: Mike G at May 26, 2003 at 05:28 AM

Perhaps Chomsky is getting tired of his "if we are honest with ourselves" line as he seems to have a fondness now for ye olde "sane person" line.

"Pretexts range over the lot, depending on audience and circumstances, which means that no sane person can take the charade seriously".
Noam Chomsky Interviewed

"That's why sane people avoid it, in personal relations or international affairs, unless a very powerful argument is offered to overcome "the sickly inhibitions against the use of military force" (to borrow the phrase of Reaganite intellectual Norman Podhoretz, paraphrasing Goebbels)".
Interview With Noam Chomsky about US Warplans

"South Korea, Japan, China, in fact just about everyone sane hopes for a peaceful solution of these problems".
Chomsky on War

"It’s undoubtedly central. I don’t think any sane person doubts that. The Gulf region is the main energy-producing region of the world".
Imperial Ambition

As for Pilger, I watched that interview and saw him trying to squirm out of answering that question on East Timor. It was clear that his mind was closed to a fact which did not accord with his grand conspiracy theory.

Posted by: Richard at May 26, 2003 at 02:18 PM

I couldn't believe that the Age allowed half a bloody page of Saturday's paper to that harridan Brown-Nose-Key. Her nonsensical drivel was not in the least qualified by the reporter until 80% of the way through the long article when one or two other commentators politely backed away from her ridiculous assertions. The reporter just swallowed her swill.

On the other hand it's no big surprise as the Age over the past fortnight has gone "troppo left wing". For a few weeks during the Iraqi War there started to be a few balanced columns. Even Pamela Bone made sense a couple of times, but unsurprisingly she seems to have been given the "lemon & sarse". Now it seems we get loopy old Kenneth Davidson every day.

On the other hand we can rejoice that Timothy has moved site and now we may not have broken links nor have interminable waiting nearly as often.

Posted by: Michael Gill at May 26, 2003 at 02:51 PM

Any sane person knows it's all about the oil, and the hegemony, and the US Benjamins. No sane westerner of the Chomskyian/Pilger mindset is ever to blame for such issues as extremist-Indonesian bombings against Westerners, unless of course they're Republican or Howard or some ticky-tacky member of the non-chattering class. Iisn't that the sane, rational, obvious answer? Bueller? Bueller?

Posted by: Flynn at May 26, 2003 at 06:35 PM

How dare you smear Aziz like that! The porn was not for personal enjoyment, but carried instructions to carry out terrorist attacks.

Posted by: Andjam at May 26, 2003 at 11:24 PM