John Pilger, snappy dresser and left wing lunatic, writes on his blog that Obama’s America is behind the sunken South Korea naval vessel, the Cheonan, that killed 46 men in March of this year and not by the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea.
The article has been reprinted in Green Left Weekly, the flaccid organ of The Socialist Alliance, an anti-capitalist party formed in 2001 by eight conspiratorial socialist groups, as well as Britainâ€™s New Statesman magazine.
In a possibly chemically inspired flashback to the 1960s, Pilger believes the US wants to fabricate a naval incident along the lines of the 1964 Tonkin Gulf faked naval clash between the US and North Vietnamese â€“the pretext that led US President Lyndon Johnsonâ€™s escalation of hostilities against Russian and Chinese armed Hanoi and the VietCong.
Theories are floating around the â€˜Bush did 9/11â€™ sites as to how the Americans and those belligerent South Koreans placed evidence to frame Pyongyang. These probably have their origins in pro-North Korean papers in Seoul.
This fever for conspiracy has infected the far left internationally who were already risking organ failure over their pro-Hamas propagandising. Of course, a conspiracy like the Cheonan can explain away North Korean culpability while the international left is mounting a campaign of anti-Zionism in the aftermath of a staged provocation to break the blockade of terrorist-run Gaza.
Pilger argues that a number of Seoul officials claimed no evidence in April existed to implicate the North. He then insinuates that Hillary Clintonâ€™s visit to Tokyo precipitated the recent resignation of the independently minded Japanese leader Yukio Hatoyama.
These ominous events and the â€˜conclusiveâ€™ evidence of traces of North Korean torpedoes are supposed to invoke in the reader: â€˜ah gotcha, Mr Presidentâ€™. And to think the Left so loved Barak Obama just a few short years ago.
It ought to go without saying that of course North Korea blew up the warship. (The Korean Herald has a nice piece on conspiracy theories operating in South Korea.
Sometimes conspiracy theories are true. Watergate comes to mind. Or even communist party influence in the Labor Left during the Cold War.
The humanitarian case for invading North Korea merits a conspiracy theory. The overthrow of Kim Il Jungâ€™s cruel regime, its despotism, export of weapons of mass destruction and the abject poverty of its oppressed citizens is a sickening blight and a real security risk to Australia’s leading trading partners.
Pilger is horribly unconvincing. He sings to a choir that forgives him his flat notes and relentless monotone. Given the current military surge in Afghanistan, there is a discernable lack of appetite of American enthusiasm to strike the North Asian member of the â€˜Axis of Evilâ€™. Given Pyongyang is nuclear-armed with long range missles, the project is too risky to be popular.
The point behind Pilgerâ€™s article and much of his writings is that the intelligent reader is being lied to by mainstream media; only â€˜alternativeâ€™ media can report honestly. It’s an approach popularised by Chomsky’s Manufacturing Consent thesis and works like a kind of moral blackmailing of journos. Conclusion: trust Pilger’s independent judgment and considered perspective without question or proper scrutiny.
But, honestly, is there any anti-American conspiracy that Pilger will not peddle? Is there any communist regime with whom Pilger is not sympathetic?
If Pilger really believes he lives in a fascist system of global thought-control why not blog from Pyongyang and report on the next war as it unfolds.
VEXNEWS, Australiaâ€™s real alternative media outlet, dissed as the right-wing Crikey by the Courier-Mail, is the future of news not these tired over-rated pampered old hacks with their nasty old conspiracy theories and vicious national self-loathing.