Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Why did YouTube remove the second installment of John Cantlie's critique of Western foreign policy?

The second part of John Cantlie's series of Lend Me Your Ears was removed from YouTube for apparently violating its terms and conditions. Really?

The reason given was "This video has been removed as a violation of YouTube's policy against spam, scams and commercially deceptive content."

British media reported that he was "reading from a script", but it doesn't look like it, does it?

What are the media trying to hide from you?

The conviction in his voice? The way he relished his words? How he seemed to be enjoying himself?


World at One today could only talk about the legalities of airstrikes as you can hear at

You may think Kenneth O'Keele's point of view at of interest to this debate.

They had ample time to analyse the video, but they chose only to mention it in passing, with no thought of their journalistic obligation to report or analyse the most interesting story of the day.

ISIS propaganda is now so effective that you cannot actually report it honestly without drawing attention to its effectiveness.

It is for this reason that I would unhesitatingly call it a tour de force, speaking as a propagandist myself.

Even as our media and government suppress it, people will wonder why it is being suppressed, don't they have a right to know etc etc and people will look into it even harder.

As I said, absolutely relentlessly chillingly effective, each installment even more visually and intellectually engaging than the next. They seem to have their very own Steven Spielberg or Josef Goebbels. (The side shots of Cantlie's face while he was speaking was a very nice touch indeed.)

So even if you hate them you have to admire them.

When you run out of lies, then all you are left with is the truth.

When you have run out of dark places to hide from the truth, the truth will shine on you so relentlessly that the lies you clothe yourself with will melt away, leaving you completely naked.

Democracy is now naked and all of our political establishment.

What is democracy but government by Western voters who don't know and don't care about foreign policy and who don't care what is being done in their name? What is democracy but lots of dumb Western voters happy to accept that Muslims want to destroy the West just because they are Muslims ? What is democracy but Western voters not getting why Muslims don't just have another drink and forget about their government's foreign policy like they do? 

And what is the truth?

The fact is that it was the fault of those who invaded Iraq for the current state of Iraq now.

They are the ones ultimately responsible for the mess, and they have run out of ideas, except more of the same.

"If all you do is all you ever did, then all you'll ever get is all you ever got."

In the meantime, it looks like ISIS are gaining more than Muslim supporters.

The Russians and Chinese must be secretly or not so secretly, cheering them on.

And yet the solution is so simple.

But  did it work when anyone told the Aztecs to stop their practice of human sacrifice assuring them that the sun will still rise again tomorrow?

Why didn't they listen?

Why wouldn't they listen?

Well, we all know what happened to the Aztecs.
Why the West's sad semi war against ISIS is worse than useless by Brendan O'Neill

The transcript is at

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