I have more or less given up reading The Guardian and The Independent on the internet. Instead I now turn ( to the spouse's consternation!) to the Daily Mail where I can find snippets of common-sense material from writers like Peter Hitchens, Martin Robinson and Sarah Vine. Now and then I click the Leicester Mercury just to catch up on what's going on in the other half of our neck-of-the-woods.
It's the same old stuff mostly. During the winter of 2021/2022, news about Boris Johnson's Partygate and the political and hypocritical shenanigans of the ruling Conservative Party and the Labour Opposition recalled the odour of the political cesspit that had existed in Malaysia since 2018, and even before.
I abandoned Malaysian newspapers like The Star and the Malay Mail years ago. Their coy and self-righteous agenda stuck in the craw. Now, sometimes, I look up Bebas News, Malaysia Now, and the New Straits Times. And I have cause to be grateful for doing so.
Recently, I discovered the NST Leader page. It perked up my interest and since then, more and more often I turned to this page for a dose of articulate, thoughtful and intelligent piece of writing - a rarity in the papers and portals of both local and overseas media.
But the piece today in the NST Leader : Nato was a real breath of fresh air, coming in the wake of the wall-to-wall images of the victims and gory destruction of Ukraine's infrastructure. In the past few days, the handwringing and heartache of the war in Ukraine has spread all over the globe, accompanied by heart-wrenching scenes of bravery and donations from the rich and the poor - from little girls (usually blonde and blue-eyed) to super-rich celebrities like Posh and Becks! Well ......
IT ALL SMACKS OF HYPOCRISY!
WHO CRIED FOR THESE DARK-EYED, DARK-SKINNED AND DARK-HAIRED VICTIMS?
|"Any death diminishes me."|
|What a shame. She has the wrong hair and skin colour, and is too old.|
|Right age. But not doe-eyed blondes. Not heart-wrenching enough.|
|No! A bunch of towelheads will not attract any funding and sympathy from the great and good in the Judaeo-Christian world.|
What about this? No pictures to deter the great and good. Just a piece of graphics to highlight the real victims of the invasion of Afghanistan.
Okay, I get your message. Can I persuade you with this image instead - made by a Western NGO?
"Sorry, mate. The names are too foreign."
There are other victims too - who have been breathing, living and dying from invasions since 1948 to the present.
"Now, don't press your luck too far."
Sorry Sir, sorry Boss, sorry Guv.
Top up this section of my posting with :
BUT HERE'S THE CLINCHER!
During the Iraq War, the US and the Western "Coalition" smashed an entire country, killed a million people, and destroyed an ancient heritage. Apart from the US, the Coalition forces were mostly UK and other NATO forces. And the third largest contingent in this coalition? You guessed it. It was the Ukrainians.
|Serving in the war on Iraq - 5,000 troops and 5 years of service.|
|The Ukrainian flag of blue and yellow is located just above the town An Nasiriyah. (From Wiki)|
|Ukraine contributed 1650 troops. Look for 3 Southeast Asian participating countries. (From Wiki)|
What the NST Leader has done is to draw out the context of the War in Ukraine. That context is located in the actions and policies of Nato. Nato is not a defensive alliance. Nato smashed the Arab nations in the Middle East. And now Nato is and has been manipulating the politics of the former communist states of Eastern Europe, along Russia's borders.
|NST Leader - " Liberal imperialists dressed as humanitarians must be kept at a safe distance."|
Remember the visit to Malaysia in 2014 by that much admired (young and attractive) President of the United States of America" and his pontifications about what is wrong with Malaysia (he means Malay-Muslims)?
Now that brings us to the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a creation of the CIA and quite well ensconced in Malaysia. The good President's advice is very much in line with the objectives of this child of the CIA . If Nato represents the "armed missionaries" of western neo-liberalism (read that as neo-imperialism) then the NED is the "ideological guru".
In Malaysia ....
|"Funding the Opposition".|
.... and contributing grants ......
|.... to combat corruption ...|
|..... to empower youth and political parties to spread freedom, human rights and democracy - a most neo-evangelistic mission.|
As for their project in Ukraine.....
But beyond Nato and the NED - we see the outing of the inherent bias and racism in the Western press and media - just like their prejudice and propaganda against Islam and the Middle East during western incursions into Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen and of course in 😭.
|Putinism or Nato?|
|Censorship and freedom of information.|
I shall leave with Vijay Prashad's ( a writer I admire - in the same box as my other favourite writers like Noam Chomsky, John Pilger and Edward Said ) view of the much-vaunted freedom of the press and the media.
|In today's media culture, feel free to spout your bigotry and prejudice. When caught, make an apology of sorts and claim you 'misspoke' or were 'misquoted' or "it was taken out of context". Whatever the shape of the apology, the deed (evil) and the damage is done!|
Finally, the NST Leader may not be as wide ranging and deep in his/her analysis ( limited of course by the space allocated to an editorial). But in that crisp article, he/she has managed to provoke the readers (including AsH) to view the Ukraine War not as a simplistic battle between good and evil. It has a longer and larger genesis than Putin and Saddam Hussain and Gaddafi put together.
It has all the markings and making of Imperialism dressed in new clothes.
What lesson can Malaysia learn from this War? Beware of the Greek bearing gifts - of the Trojan Horse within our compound and the " musuh dalam selimut".