July 20, 2004


Cute. Check the Sydney Morning Herald’s photo selection for its latest piece on claims Iyad Allawi used a pistol to execute six prisoners:

Bang! Bang! I kill you, pistol style! Despite such fine picture editing, the ABC reports that the SMH’s claims have so far "had no impact on Mr Allawi."

Wonder why. Meanwhile, SMH reader Craig Sheppard takes on his fellow SMH consumers and Iraq-fleeing Allawi exposer Paul McGeough:

I can't help but think some Herald readers actually want the new regime in Iraq to fail, I presume just so they can say "I told you so". They rail against the flawed intelligence on which the invasion was based and how our Government signed us on, based on the reports of the CIA, British military intelligence, Mossad, ASIO and others. Of course they knew it was wrong all along.

Yet two people tell a newspaper reporter a story with holes big enough to drive a truck through and it has all the credibility they need to convict Iraq's Prime Minister, Iyad Allawi, and shout down any attempt at democracy in Iraq.

Vincent Zankin, Eddie Raggett, et al, (Letters, July 19) need to think about their motivations for condemning the entire exercise based on a report that, while disturbing, doesn't begin to meet any burden of proof.

Those letters are worth reading. Discover how great is the lust for this story to be true.

Posted by Tim Blair at July 20, 2004 04:14 AM

Hey, does "finger gun" beat "Tiger claw" or "pen missile"?

Posted by: JohnO at July 20, 2004 at 04:56 AM

The smear will be complete when they report that Halliburton sold Mr Allawi the pistol and ammunition at a huge profit and Cheny received a kickback on the sale.

Posted by: perfectsense at July 20, 2004 at 05:11 AM

For future reference: Finger Gun shoots down Pen Missile and blows holes in paper. However, it can be broken by a rock or carried away by Tiger Hand. Finger Gun and scissors don't affect each other one way or the other.

Posted by: Paul Zrimsek at July 20, 2004 at 05:27 AM

...Vincent Zankin, Eddie Raggett, et al...

If there was an Olympic event for 'theatrical display of political correctness', it'd be 'gold, gold, gold!', to Zankin.

Posted by: Byron_the_Aussie at July 20, 2004 at 09:38 AM

Good to see you playing this one straight down the middle. Fair and balanced, objective.

Keep up the good work bloghead, we'll clear Uncle Iyad of these dastardly claims if we have to kill every citizen, er, I mean insurgent, in Iraq.

Posted by: Miranda Divide at July 20, 2004 at 09:49 AM

In the States, only Fox & the Wash Times wouldn't dance in the street if Iraq collapsed

Posted by: jeff at July 20, 2004 at 09:49 AM

Speaking of SMH letters, did anyone read the contibutions on Saturday re NZ's reaction to the Faked passports issue? I'm not Jewish, I'm not an unqualified admirer of Israel and I believe that the Sharon Govt, however provoked, has been brutal and stupid in its approach to he Palestinians. Even so, I was shocked and disturbed by the sub rational, almost animal glee with which the letter writers greeted Clark kicking Israel. Prima facie, these people are unashamed anti Semites and racists. Two of the letters were almost identically worded, which is an added worry.

Posted by: Consuela Potez at July 20, 2004 at 10:18 AM

Good to see you playing this one straight down the middle too, Miranda! Keep up the good work, blogparrot.

Posted by: PW at July 20, 2004 at 10:24 AM

The SMH's allegations have had no impact in Iraq for the simple reason that no-one there reads the SMH, much to the chagrin of the Fairfax press probably, given its international pretensions. In fact, no-one outside the inner-city suburbs of Sydney reads the SMH. There are vast areas of Sydney that are SMH-free. Probably less than 30% of the city read the rag, which puts it on a par with the Cumberland Press throwaways. Oh the mortification!

Posted by: Freddyboy at July 20, 2004 at 10:33 AM

Zankin, Zankin, rhymes with..........

Posted by: nic at July 20, 2004 at 11:42 AM

yes we must declare IRAQ an SMH FREE area, for the sake of its survival as a democracy.

Posted by: davo at July 20, 2004 at 12:18 PM

Ever notice how when there is one strongly worded, cogent letter to the SMH or feature article from "the Right" (however you want to define it)London to a brick on there will be at least five letters from readers condemning - in needlessly hysterical terms - the earlier item.

In the same column space that Mr Shepherd's letter was published there were two letters from readers paying out on George Fishman a regular letter writer from "the Right".

The SMH letters to the editor section is a disgrace since we are expected to believe that the opinions and attitudes expressed therein are a representative sample of its readership. If that were the case every seat in the Sydney Metropolitan area (including Wentworth, Mackellar and Bennelong) would have an ALP or a Green MHR!

Posted by: Craig G at July 20, 2004 at 01:18 PM

Consuela, I understand where you're coming from,
but brutal is when you walk into a coffee shop and
blow up innocent people and their children. If the
same thing happened in NZ what would Ms.Clark (the
Hamas pinup girl) do? After you figure that out,
then consider what Sharon should do. Also take into
consideration how the palis treat each other and the
french. (Bwahahahaha).
Ahem, excuse me....uh, got carried away just a bit...sorry.

Posted by: Mike H. at July 20, 2004 at 01:42 PM

I thought the Reverend Vincent Zankin's name rang a bell. Sure enough, from my files here is a letter from him in "The Australian" published July 1, 2003, signing himself "Anglican Priest":

"The ruling of celibacy on Anglican homosexual clergy by the Archbishop of of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, in the wake of the recent appoinment of a gay bishop, constitutes a disturbing and deeply held prejudice towrds the physical act of homosexual lovemaking "[ie sodomy] " especially if this love is expressed within the confines ofa faithful asnd committed relationsahip between two consenting adults." - it continues to blame the Bible for the Holocaust, by a chain of logical not at one apparent to me.

Perhaps if the alleged shooting had occurred in the bum instead of the head it would have been OK. Especially if they were Anglican clergy.

Posted by: Sue at July 20, 2004 at 02:19 PM

Sue, but only if they were under 14. The clergy don't like 'em old.

Posted by: Freddyboy at July 20, 2004 at 02:56 PM

Craig G, ditto. Funny that the umbrage of the letters page mentioned nothing of serial pests such as Zankin, Eckersley and Mc Donlad, of whom, often write the same letter to any number of newspapers.

The fact that the letters editor allowed two negative comments aimed at Mr Fishman, is a disgrace and explains a lot about that farrago of lies that is the SMH.

Posted by: nic at July 20, 2004 at 03:22 PM

I don't need to read the letters Tim. Just Miranda's response was all anyone needs to see how fucking stupid the left are.

"Good to see you playing this one straight down the middle. Fair and balanced, objective".

I wonder if she thinks Michael Moore's Farenhype 911 is a fair, balanced and objective view???

As I said before, the number of people Alawi "supposedly" killed would be relative to the amount of money McGeough paid them to say it.

Posted by: scott at July 20, 2004 at 06:38 PM

There once was a priest name of Zankin
Very good at epistoles of wankin'
But Byron the Aussie
Stung him like a Mossie
And gave him a well-researched spankin'

Posted by: Nancy at July 21, 2004 at 04:03 AM

I note from Byron's interesting files that the Rev. Mr Zankin quotes the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Will he therefore take on the ALP and the Democrats for opposing voluntary student unionism and voluntary student union fees in the Senate and by ALP State Governments, since compulsory student unionism clearly contravenes the UDHR?

(Article 20: "No-one may be compelled to belong to an association.")

Posted by: Hal GP Colebatch at July 21, 2004 at 04:14 AM

Sorry, I posted this on the wrong item

I am sorry to post twice but I think this is important.

I have just googled the Rev Mr. Vince Zankin.

It appears - though I feel I have to have got it wrong! - that along with an avalanche of his extremist left-wing letters to various papers, attacking the Queen, Ronald Reagan, Archbishops Pell and Hollingworth, John Howard, the Governor-General, the liberation of "Christian" East Timor and it seems practically every figure to the right of Stalin, far surpassing what was in my modest files, he in a FUCKING DEFENCE FORCE CHAPLAIN, attached to Canberra RAAF BASE! This if correct means he is a COMMISSIONED DEFENCE FORCE OFFICER WHO HAS SWORN AN OATH OF ALLREGIANCE TO THE GOVERNMENT, who is PAID by the Australian Department of Defence and who is DISBARRED FROM MAKING POLITICAL COMMENTS!


Posted by: Sue at July 21, 2004 at 04:41 AM

Good work, Sue. I'll chase it up, and report back to this thread. Cheers, Byron

Posted by: Byron_the_Aussie at July 21, 2004 at 07:47 PM