January 13, 2004


Richard Littlejohn sits in on Robert Kilroy-Silkís all-new, no-longer-offensive BBC comeback special:

KILROY: My next guest is a young man, Ali, from Salford. Heís just volunteered to go to work in Jerusalem as a suicide bomber. Thatís an interesting career choice.

ALI: Iíve always wanted to travel and kill Jews.

UPDATE. Folks ainít happy:

Fifty thousand people have voiced opposition to the BBC's suspension of a popular television show after its host Robert Kilroy-Silk made inflammatory remarks against Arabs, a British tabloid newspaper said.

UPDATE II. Was the BBC right to take Kilroy off the air? Should there be limits to freedom of speech? Tell the BBC.

Posted by Tim Blair at January 13, 2004 04:03 PM

The problem with these satirical, interview-format lampoons is that the real-life Islamic crazies are more extreme than the caractiture. It's a constant, obsessive stream of ranting hatred and paranoia, spewing from their ignorant brains and spittle-flecked mouths 24-7. How can you parody them? They're beyond it.

And it's so fucking boring. Jews, Jews, Jews, crusaders, crusaders, crusaders, Allah smite them, Allah kill them, Allah make them our slaves, page after page after page, volume after volume of it, all the same, same phrases, same ranting style, same accustaions and threats over and over and over and over..

One of life's great joys, too rarely experienced by the soldiers of the west, must be to put a bullet into one of these sick animals, if only to get them to finaly, permanently, shut the FUCK UP.

Posted by: Amos at January 13, 2004 at 05:01 PM

That Amos, always playing it close to the vest!

Posted by: Jim Treacher at January 13, 2004 at 07:14 PM

Richard Littlejohn is my hero!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at January 13, 2004 at 07:14 PM

Hey, here's a cause bob brown and the anti-war left should get into. Its got everything, environment, struggling third world people...

from here

[b] Iraq seeks Australian expertise to save Tigris[/b]

Iraq's Governing Council is asking Australia for help to clean up one of the world's most famous waterways, the Tigris River.

The Tigris supported some of the world's earliest urban civilisations but these days the river is choking on raw sewage and chemical waste.

Qassim Abdul Kareem has been fishing the waters of the Tigris for a quarter of a century. His fishing ground is the stretch of the river which runs through Baghdad.

He says catches of 12 kilograms in a day used to be common but drags in his net these days, there's sometimes nothing, not even one shaboot or carp.

The veteran fisherman complains that factory waste is bad for the fish and that the trash sometimes cuts his nets.

Iraq's new Environment Minister, Abdul-Rahman Kareem, is in no doubt about why the fish are disappearing, saying the river has become polluted by factory waste.

"In the past, countries like Iraq haven't cared about their rivers, they believe that the river flow will take the waste away," he said.

Abdul-Rahman Kareem says Iraq needs the expertise of Australia to help clean up its rivers.

"We hope that Australia, as a member of the coalition, will make an offer of assistance to help our environment and to train our staff," he said.

Out on the Tigris, Qassim Abdul Kareem passes by floating piles of rubbish after another fruitless day of fishing.

-- adapted from an AM story by the ABC's correspondent in Baghdad, Mark Willacy.

Posted by: Quentin George at January 13, 2004 at 08:05 PM

Yes Amos, I concur. I personally believe that the old freedom of religion thing we got going in democracies is fine. I ain't into it, but if you want to delude yourself that an omnipotent being is going to solve your problems for you, well, I say that's just crazy talk, but it's YOUR crazy talk. Leave me out of it. But the nation of Islam. Now there's some happy campers, right?
It's always with the death, the killing, the "Shall nots" and "Must not" and "Cannot" etc. Do these fuckers EVER have a good time? I mean, c'mon Ahmed, lighten the fuck up.
And no, I don't mean stone your sister, or fuck a goat. Eventually though, we over HERE on our side are going to get sick of the ranting and the raving, and come on over there and shut you clowns up once and for all. Yeah, sure, we're doing our best "multi-cultural diversity acceptance" gig at the moment, but soon, we're going to have to say, either play nice, or we are going to treat you like the bad dog that bites the hand that feeds it. Put it down. It's OK to come to western democracies and demand your right to religion, we accept that. What we don't like is you using this freedom to try to destroy us from within. The governments legislated against themselves, and are thus unable to stop you "inciting" without your pathetic cries of "crushing dissent" and "oppression". The rest of the average public though, well, we see, we listen, we read. It might not be all true, but then agin, stiff shit. You fuckers started it. And we are going to finish it.

Posted by: Chief Bastard at January 13, 2004 at 11:02 PM

Over at www.yourish.com, the estimable Meryl Yourish has some interesting links. She points out that while the BBC reacted instantly and decisively to uncomplimentary remarks about Arabs, neither it nor other major media in the UK seem to be bothered by inflammatory and vile remarks about Israelis and Jews generally.

I'm sure there's a perfectly reasonable explanation, although at the moment I can't figure out what it might be.

Posted by: Alex Bensky at January 14, 2004 at 04:38 AM

I just read through some of the BBC feedback, it makes for depressing reading even if it does only reflect the dumbass-who-writes-to-the-BBC demographic.

There seems to be little reverence for freedom of speech as an uncontestable right beyond the slimy grip of government regulation and PC censor. There's a depressing magority of smug, moronic little statements along the lines of "Of course I support free speech but....", No buts dumbass, if there's an exeption YOU DON'T FUCKING SUPPORT IT.

Criticism of Islam and Arab disfunction is being ruled off limits by the idiots in the dinner party set. Meanwhile the radical Mosques proliferate, Britan continues to be a logistical hub for the crazies, all dissent is silenced and the whole shebang heads for the cliff.

It's way past time to start hating the haters, these people have no place in a civilised society, they should be fought at every turn with words, ideas and yes, force. The BBC has chosen it's side, so noted.

Posted by: Amos at January 14, 2004 at 09:08 AM

Word up, Amos. Don' hate da playa, HATE DA GAME!

Posted by: Jerry at January 14, 2004 at 12:31 PM

Amos you crack me up mate. I almost died laughing reading your first post. Keep it up!

Posted by: Dog at January 15, 2004 at 04:37 PM

Amos - damn right and very funny m8!

Chief Bastard - well said m8.

Posted by: JWarrior at January 17, 2004 at 02:09 AM