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.|
|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)|
|NST Leader - " Liberal imperialists dressed as humanitarians must be kept at a safe distance."|
|"Funding the Opposition".|
|.... to combat corruption ...|
|..... to empower youth and political parties to spread freedom, human rights and democracy - a most neo-evangelistic mission.|
|Putinism or Nato?|
|Censorship and freedom of information.|