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Yet another attempt at unpacking Robert Fisk, this time from Gerard Henderson:

Some Englishmen still go out in the midday sun. Others just do lunch. It seems that the English-born journalist and author Robert Fisk had elected to take the second option when he was interviewed live from Beirut on ABC TV’s Lateline last Wednesday. At the conclusion of the program, presenter Tony Jones described the interview as “rather unusual”. You can say that again.

In other crazy-people news: the anti-war left continues to brawl over Iraq death counts. It’s civil war at Lambertland!

Posted by Tim B. on 05/02/2006 at 01:26 AM
    1. The eternal question is not whether America is a vile monstrous evil entity, but exactly how much of one.

      It’s a moonbat circle jerk.

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2006 05 02 at 01:54 AM • permalink


    1. Fisk’s book is 1300 pages long? 1300 pages? As in, one thousand three hundred? Is it because he repeats everything at least three times? Can you even begin to imagine 1300 pages of the demented drivel that is Robert Fisk? Has anyone ever actually read it from cover to cover? Did they still have command of their higher brain functions when they were done? I just can’t get my mind wrapped around this.

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 05 02 at 02:18 AM • permalink


    1. 1300 pages? If he had any sense, he would have written two x 600 pages or three x 400 pages or even six x 200 pages. Lefties will buy anti-West, anti-capitalism, anti-US books by the truckload. Every second passenger on the train over the last decade has been reading Klein/Moore/Chomsky/etc.

      Posted by ilibcc on 2006 05 02 at 02:38 AM • permalink


    1. Miner trapped under ground tells his boss he’s resigning and requests the Saturday paper so that he can look for a new job.,10117,19001694-29277,00.html

      Posted by cjblair on 2006 05 02 at 03:08 AM • permalink


    1. #4 Your point being…?

      Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 05 02 at 03:24 AM • permalink


    1. Did Tim send over Adammo to make sure they have the proper numbers of the dead, dying, and/or maimed-for-life?

      1300 pages.  Of Robert Fisk.  When was the last time anyone saw his editor?

      Posted by saltydog on 2006 05 02 at 05:43 AM • permalink


    1. Henderson does a better job of reviewing Fiskie’s book than Tony Wright did in the bulletin 🙂

      Posted by entropy on 2006 05 02 at 06:47 AM • permalink


    1. Fisk’s book is 1300 pages long?

      Christ, he must think he’s Robert Jordan.

      Posted by Rob Crawford on 2006 05 02 at 07:27 AM • permalink


    1. Hmmmm, isn’t that Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun per Noel Coward?…LOL.

      I’m sure I’m not alone in this thought. I really don’t care what others think of the U.S.

      I think (bad to do) that when comparing a society of ISMS (as in CommunISM, NazISM, TotalitarianISM of any kind, including the CULT of IslamISM…One will find that AmericanISM and/or ‘Western’ISM have been by far the kindest of all ‘ISMS’.

      Yes AmericanISM and/or ‘Western’ISM, have had their warts, but most of, if not all, of those warts have been removed.

      One, or at least not THIS ‘one’, have seen a great migration of immigrant citizens to say…North Korea, China, Russia, India, Germany, Japan, et al even if ‘they’ promoted ‘they’ want you to come and certainly not to lovelies such as….Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Egypt…et al.

      You will find however all of the above, having citizens emigrate TO America and Western Nations AND if allowed, scads more would do the same. Hell Yale (U.S.) even has its OWN Taliban Man.

      I have no idea why Robert Fisk is getting the attention he gets, OTHER then the fact of him being an anti-AmericanISM and anti-’Western’ISM, and an anti-Israel IDIOTEXCEPT HE adores the money he makes off of being ANTI.

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 05 02 at 07:58 AM • permalink


    1. More Fisk…Jesus H.

      If the Jew fitz


      With the exception of interviews with a few left-wing journalists writing for congenial publications, John Mearsheimer and Stehen Walt have steadfastly refused to discuss their “Israel Lobby” paper. On Friday Robert Fisk devoted a column in the Independent to his interview with Stephen Walt; Fisk’s column ran under the cover depicting the unlovely flag above, sure to warm the heart of “Israel Lobby” fan David Duke and others of his ilk on the left and the right.


      Unreal, I’m critical of the Fisk-phenomena and yet promote it, so to speak, in the next breath.

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 05 02 at 08:32 AM • permalink


    1. The more exposure Fisk gets, the more he’s seen to be just another nutball.  I say, bring it on.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 05 02 at 10:41 AM • permalink


    1. I don’t know who wrote this, but it has a Robert Fisk byeline. It’s nearly as crazy as the Nightline interview.

      Posted by burrah on 2006 05 02 at 11:04 AM • permalink


    1. Well I do have a copy of Fisks’ doorstopper that was given to me a present “to try and broaden your outlook”
      After struggling through about 400 pages of absolute pigswill,and badly written pigswill at that,I gave up on it.
      Thinking now that I may put it in the dunny,I will save on a year or so of bogroll.

      Posted by bleary on 2006 05 02 at 11:15 AM • permalink


    1. El Cid–Hmmmm, isn’t that Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun per Noel Coward?…LOL.

      Yes, the witty, the urbane, the wonderful Noel Coward:

      Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun,
      The Japanese don´t care to, the Chinese wouldn´t dare to,
      Hindus and Argentines sleep firmly from twelve to one
      But Englishmen detest-a siesta.
      In the Philippines they have lovely screens to protect you from the glare.
      In the Malay States, there are hats like plates which the Britishers won’t wear.
      At twelve noon the natives swoon and no further work is done,
      But mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.

      Shelby Steele, in a piece in today’s WSJ speaks brilliantly about western civilization and anti-Americanism and how white guilt is making us hesitant and soft. Read it.

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 05 02 at 11:29 AM • permalink


    1. Kyda Sylvester

      Excellent read.

      If WE do NOT rise above this “white guilt”, this constant self-flagellation, our most dangerous enemy, will in fact win. That enemy is, the American Left.

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 05 02 at 02:42 PM • permalink


    1. “Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun . . .”

      Well, I don’t know about the mad dogs, but aren’t Englishmen usually equipped with a pith helmet or slouch hat or something? Perhaps that’s Fisk’s problem: too much time in the sun with no headgear, causing his brain to bake like a potato in aluminum foil buried under hot coals.

      Posted by paco on 2006 05 02 at 04:54 PM • permalink


    1. I have a question: What is Robert Fisk doing in Beirut and why does everyone who interviews him tell us that is where he is? I mean Beirut has Arabs but it is hardly the front line.

      Posted by allan on 2006 05 02 at 08:57 PM • permalink


    1. Can anybody “please explain” how the GayBC has been permitted to be so racist for so long by employing a middle-aged white imperialist Pom to dispatch his missives from on high on the poor befuddled stone-throwing masses below him?

      Surely, some local Muhammadan would be more fitting with the GayBC’s charter? Allah Akbah!

      Posted by Noelenet on 2006 05 02 at 09:46 PM • permalink


    1. El Cid

      I’ve been saying since 9/11 – the West is so utterly powerful and confident that the real battleground will be within Western institutions.

      Posted by murph on 2006 05 03 at 12:00 AM • permalink


    1. I see that Fisk’s ‘source’ is someone there that he has known for ‘fifteen years’.  Gee, you don’t suppose the ‘source’ could be a hard-core Ba’athist, do you? Nah. Fisk would never fall for that, right?

      Posted by JorgXMcKie on 2006 05 03 at 01:36 AM • permalink


    1. Firstly we can only defeat the skin colour cringe by ignoring it and not feeling bad about being white.If we equally respect people whose skin is a different colour then why should our own colour matter in the scheme of things. Maybe we “whites” should take to calling ourselves non-black,non asians.
      Secondly if “Europe scorns us” should we care-there would not BE a Europe if the Anglo countries did not rescue them from World Wars and the Communist USSR.

      Posted by crash on 2006 05 04 at 07:51 AM • permalink


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