Zionist ‘Big Bang’ Theory: Guardian once echoed recent French claim that Israel is root of Mideast problems


Quite a few commentators have rightly taken the French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, to task for his recent absurd suggestion that the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict represents the root cause of instability in the Middle East.  

Fabius’s remarkably myopic understanding of the region prompted Binyamin Netanyahu to point out the obvious: that if peace with the Palestinians were achieved today, the centrifuges won’t stop spinning in Iran, the savage civil war in Syria won’t abate, the instability in Egypt wouldn’t end, and attacks on the West will continue.

However, when I read Laurent’s comments, uttered in Ramallah after he met with Mahmoud Abbas, it reminded me of something the Guardian once claimed at the dawn of what they still were calling the “Arab Spring.” Sure enough:

A Guardian Feb. 2011 official editorial (“The Middle East: People, Power, Politics“) on Muammar Gaddafi’s brutal crackdown against protesters at the dawn of their civil war, and the broader political upheavals in the region, included this risible line:

“the Libyan leader may still be considered too valuable to lose, as US influence in the region decreases. Nowhere is that truer than in the cockpit of the crisis, Palestine.

The Guardian’s surreal editorial, which though dealing with Libya somehow managed to devote 200 of 675 words to the issue of ‘Palestine’, was indicative of the paper’s shameful misreading of the political upheavals which had occurred, or were to occur, in Bahrain, Yemen, Tunisia, Egypt, Syria and elsewhere.

Such framing of events in the Middle East – which attributes most political maladies to Israel’s ‘injurious’ effects on the region – represents more than mere hostility to Israel, but is part of a broader political framework which often shows itself impervious to facts, logic, and new information.

Whilst the Guardian’s editorial line no longer seems wedded to this absurd Zionist causality, the fact that their initial response was to draw a line from Tripoli to Jerusalem speaks volumes about the intellectually crippling effects of their far-left ideology. 

13 comments on “Zionist ‘Big Bang’ Theory: Guardian once echoed recent French claim that Israel is root of Mideast problems

  1. Nowhere is that truer than in the cockpit of the crisis, Palestine.
    The Israelis/Jews are the cause not only the problems of the Middle-East but:
    global warming
    tsunamis
    earthquakes
    capitalism
    socialism
    economis crises,
    the quickly decreasing oil and gas supply
    the newly introduced technologies using new sources of oil and gas
    all the failed nations and states especially in the Muslim world
    the recalling of the last model of Fords
    the somehow feeble mind of the successor of Queen Elisabeth
    and anything else what is bad for humankind and doesn’t show in the above list
    (not to forget the failure of the Kardashian Kard!)

    • Actually, just realised that he’s on his way. Howard Jacobson will probably be next out of the door.

    • That’s an excellent article.
      I always thought Nigel Kennedy was a bit of an idiot anyway.

      Possibly my beloved Aston Villa’s sole celeb fan worldwide from outside Brum – and he’s a pillock.

  2. At the end of the day, one only has to look at the concept of Divide and Conquer, brought upon the world by the lovely British monarchy, in a search for all the racial divide within Middle Eastern countries. I mean, only a mad genius could take an Iraqi Shia and place him as the leader of Sunni in the disputed land grab known as creating the Transjordan state.

    But, yeah, blame Israel. Teh Joos, after all, killed Jesus, while Queen Elizabeth was given control by God Himself.

  3. As a non-Jew, I find it difficult to understand why Israeli political leaders don’t speak more directly. Is it a cultural thing? For example, Netanyahu, replying to the French foreign minister said: “The root of the area’s instability,…….. is the regional rejection of modernity, moderation, progress and political solutions.”
    Reading between the lines, he means that Islamic dogma and its hard-wired hatred of Jews makes political progress impossible.
    Perhaps if Israeli leaders started to tell it like it is, the world might understand the nature of the problem better. At the moment, this nodding, hinting and nudging people in the ribs about the real reasons for the Middle East’s problems fails to alert the world’s public to the background radiation of Islamic dogma shaping and influencing every thought and deed in the Arab world. Tell it like it is!

    • I think Israeli leaders do tell it like it is. Iran’s run to create nukes, for example. And what does the World do? They laugh. Cajole. Call Israelis paranoid and, naturally, racist. Apartheid is still being used to describe Israel by her haters. A wholly inaccurate description, and yet, in the real World, we have to waste our time and breath defending ourselves from such slander. All the while, a peace treaty, granting the Palestinians a frigging state, sits gathering dust for over 13 years.

      No. The World doesn’t want to hear what a bunch of Jews have to say to them. The World is getting what it deserves, quite frankly. Israel is the safest country in the region.

    • “The root of the area’s instability,…….. is the regional rejection of modernity, moderation, progress and political solutions.”
      I’m not sure I see where this statement is inaccurate or indirect.

      “Reading between the lines, he means that Islamic dogma and its hard-wired hatred of Jews makes political progress impossible.”
      Extremely difficult, yes, but impossible? Yes, it is important to expose the Jew hatred that runs rampant in Arab culture, but minds can be changed over time. I don’t think that Netanyahu wielding the charge of anti-Semitism as a blunt instrument is going to do much good. If you can read between the lines, then so can others. Anti-Semitism is part and parcel of the rejection of modernity. I’m not saying that Israel’s leaders should altogether forego the mention of anti-Semitism – it certainly is important, but it is symptomatic of the broader problem contained in Mr. Netanyahu’s remark. To put it simply, Israel’s Prime Minister can’t just run around the world screaming that Islam is an unalterable religion of hate as you would wish.

      • I think ‘rejection of modernity’ is extremely condensed in meaning. But I’d like to see the word ‘takers’ applied as it fits. There’s a large volume of meaning attached to that too.

  4. Only last night on London-based Channel 4 TV News we had their Foreign Editor, Lindsey Hilsum, telling us from Lebannon that everyone in the Middle East blamed Israel for everything. Jon Snow, the unpleasant anti-Israel news anchor asked her about the alleged firing of missiles in a joint exercise by the US and Israel. To which she prattled about it ‘being regarded as particularly unhelpful at this moment’. Where this view came from she failed to inform us.

  5. Fabius’s remarkably myopic understanding of the region prompted Binyamin Netanyahu to point out the obvious: that if peace with the Palestinians were achieved today, the centrifuges won’t stop spinning in Iran, the savage civil war in Syria won’t abate, the instability in Egypt wouldn’t end, and attacks on the West will continue.

    I’ve said the same myself!

    While I/P is certainly a “hot spot” in the geopolitical world, the G. calling it the “cockpit of the [ME] crisis” is plain ludicrous.

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