Best-selling British liberal genre writer Richard K. Morgan’s hero worship of jihad supporting journalist John Pilger Part 1

Richard K Morgan is a popular youngish British genre writer who burst on the scene with the best-selling Altered Carbon in 2002.

He’s been doing pretty well since then with a number of books published, and he has something of a large and loyal following in the genre community.

Cutting to the chase and pulling no punches – Richard Morgan’s politics are typical British left-wing groupthink PC moral relativist, and extreme moral relativist at that. Morgan is a cookie-cutter British Guardianista Leftist, pro-Palestinian and all the rest. He ticks off so many of the boxes on the ‘anti-fascist’ Guardian & BBC Thought Police guidelines – on how to be a good ‘anti-racist’ Leftist. It’s almost funny, except it’s not.

Morgan’s big political hero – who Morgan ranks as high as anybody and is unequivocally recommended reading ahead of any other – is the Australian far-left journalist John Pilger, staunch and proud supporter of the international Jihad aka the heroic resistance against Western & Jewi… uh Zionist Imperialism in Pilger-speak.

John Pilger has to be one of the most odious, dishonest, delusional and viciously anti-Semitic journalists among the Left. He is sooo bad, he makes the Independent journalist Robert Fisk look neutral. Remember Fisk has been praised to the skies by former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke, and the late Osama bin Laden as “neutral”. Fisk, a 9-11 conspiracy theorist who has a soft spot for the Walt-Mearsheimer thesis (that Israel drove America into invading Iraq), has distanced himself from Pilger; saying that he – Fisk that is – doesn’t “practise that sort of journalism — at least I hope I don’t.” If you know Fisk’s tendency to play fast and loose with the facts in a way that – inadvertently or not – propagandizes for Islamists (he has given us the eponymous term ‘fisking’), then you will know immediately how bad Pilger must be. And boy is he ever.

In fact John Pilger is the icon of off-the-charts Judenhass propaganda masquerading as Middle-East analysis and reporting among English language journalists. I cannot think of any other who tops him for sheer outrageous lying, gross distortions and extreme moral relativism in explicit support for the Islamist jihad against the Jews (and the West). And that is saying a lot. I will cover all that though in my second article on Pilger, given Morgan’s reverence for him.

The lies of John Pilger can fill a big book, don’t worry I’m not going to bother with doing that. I’m gonna get to the nitty-gritty. As Richard K. Morgan himself knows (and some of his fans and other genre folk), I have personally clashed with Morgan over Pilger years ago! This was at the now defunct Night Shade Books Discussion Forum in 2005 (initially under another pseudonym which was silly I know) where I pointed out – at some length – that John Pilger gave his support to the ‘resistance’ in Iraq shortly after the Anglo-American invasion in 2003 (along with Morgan’s other ‘truth-tellers’ that he admires so highly, Mike Moore and Arundhati Roy). I asked rather facetiously what Morgan’s take was on all this, and got a lot of flack for it from Morgan’s fans and mates (including Jeff VanderMeer and Hal Duncan). Shoot the messenger. Morgan told me to go take my meds. Well what else could he do, defend the indefensible?

Here is the interview where Morgan waxes lyrical on his hero Pilger (quote below in bold emphasis for very good reason…):

Pilger is a bit of a hero for me. This is a man who’s led the kind of morally driven, socially constructive life I might have aspired to if I’d got my act together a bit younger. It’s good to know there are people like him out there.”

Morgan’s Altered Carbon – which put Morgan on the map – is dedicated to John Pilger.

At Morgan’s website he recommends more of Pilger’s books than any other non-fiction writer. Living or dead. That recommended non-fiction reading list includes Richard Dawkins, Noam Chomsky and the Jewish economist Joseph Stiglitz.

I repeat some of the points I made at the old Night Shade Books Forum, on Pilger giving his support to the Iraqi ‘resistance’ against the Americans and their allies (you know the jihadists and Baathists fighting for the freedoms of Sharia law and nostalgic for Saddam Hussein’s tyranny respectively).

From an interview with Pilger (excerpt below):

Do you think the anti-war movement should be supporting Iraq’s anti-occupation resistance?

Pilger: Yes, I do. We cannot afford to be choosy. While we abhor and condemn the continuing loss of innocent life in Iraq, we have no choice now but to support the resistance, for if the resistance fails, the “Bush gang” will attack another country. If they succeed, a grievous blow will be suffered by the Bush gang.

Shouldn’t this supposedly endless “war on terror” make us feel rather gloomy about prospects for peace?

Pilger: I don’t know about “gloomy”. I don’t think we have time to be gloomy: too much to do! The US warmongers fear public opinion, because they must pay lip service to a semblance of democracy. We must give them good cause to go on fearing it.

Here Pilger repeats his point, in case you didn’t get it the first time. The source is Tim Blair, a fellow Aussie (excerpt pasted below)

Tim Blair: John Pilger’s moral illness is revealed anew during an interview with the ABC’s Tony Jones. Hit the link for the full transcript. An abbreviated version follows:

TONY JONES: John Pilger, do you still maintain that the world depends on what you call “the Iraqi resistance” to inflict a military defeat on the coalition forces?

JOHN PILGER: Well, certainly, historically, we’ve always depended on resistances to get rid of occupiers, to get rid of invaders. And what we have in Iraq now is I suppose the equivalent of a kind of Vichy Government being set up. And a resistance is always atrocious, it’s always bloody. It always involves terrorism.
You can imagine if Australia was occupied by the Japanese during the Second World War the kind of resistance there would have been, and so on. We’ve seen that all over the world. Now, I think the situation in Iraq is so dire that unless the United States is defeated there that we’re likely to see an attack on Iran, we’re likely to see an attack on North Korea and all the way down the road it could be even an attack on China within a decade, so I think what happens in Iraq now is incredibly important.

TONY JONES: Can you approve in that context the killing of American, British or Australian troops who are in the occupying forces?

JOHN PILGER: Well yes, they’re legitimate targets. They’re illegally occupying a country. And I would have thought from an Iraqi’s point of view they are legitimate targets, they’d have to be, sure.

TONY JONES: So Australian troops you would regard in Iraq as legitimate targets?

JOHN PILGER: bold Excuse me but, really, that’s an unbecoming question BOLD. I’ve just said that any foreign occupier of a country, military occupier, be they Germans in France, Americans in Vietnam, the French in Algeria, wherever, the Americans in Latin America, I would have thought, from the point of view of the local people – and as I mentioned, be they Australians in Australia – if Australia had been invaded and occupied by the Japanese, then the occupying forces, from the point of view of the people of that country, are legitimate targets.

TONY JONES: Do you acknowledge that huge human rights abuses, not perhaps on the same scale as Pol Pot, but quite close to it, happened under Saddam Hussein’s regime …
JOHN PILGER: Absolutely. [where?????? see below – Roberts]

TONY JONES: But just let me finish that question. Can there not be a moral case made for deposing the dictator who was killing hundreds and thousands of his opponents?

JOHN PILGER: Absolutely. By the Iraqi people.

So Pilger would support the same outcome — Saddam’s removal — if only it had been achieved by different means. Means that involved people unable to achieve it, on account of them all being murdered. And Pilger is a hero to the oppressed … – Tim Blair

Red Wolf: as one other commentator put it:

So to continue the WWII analogy, if Australia had been invaded by the Japanese he would have wanted the US to stay out and let you Aussies handle it alone?

Pilger expands on all this here, telling us of Saddam’s Iraq and in case you still don’t get it, the Iraqi ‘resistance’ is a “war of national liberation”. In fact the title of this piece by Pilger (from The New Statesman) is ‘Iraq is a war of national liberation’. No really. An excerpt:


By John Pilger

17 April, 2004
New Statesman

Four years ago, I traveled the length of Iraq, from the hills where St. Matthew is buried in the Kurdish north to the heartland of Mesopotamia, and Baghdad, and the Shia south. I have seldom felt as safe in any country. Once, in the Edwardian colonnade of Baghdad’s book market, a young man shouted something at me about the hardship his family had been forced to endure under the embargo imposed by America and Britain. What happened next was typical of Iraqis; a passerby calmed the man, putting his arm around his shoulder, while another was quickly at my side. “Forgive him,” he said reassuringly. “We do not connect the people of the west with the actions of their governments. You are welcome.”

Red Wolf: He “seldom felt as safe in any country”, in Saddam’s Iraq that is. The article goes on with more in that vein.

In response to this obscene Pilger whitewashing of the murderous fascism and despotic tyranny of Iraqi Baathism and Saddam Hussein’s brutality (the suffering of the Iraqis is the fault of the US and the UK), liberal political commentator Norm Geras writes, “Ah, Peggy, do you remember that trip we made to Weimar in the summer of 1939? Everything so calm, so peaceful. We picnicked one afternoon near that place – what was it called? Yes, Buchenwald. How safe I felt that day.”

I guess Pilger ought to visit those mass graves uncovered in Iraq and tell that to the thousands upon thousands of skeletons buried there about how he “seldom felt as safe in any country”, what of the displaced Marsh Arabs? What of just the mass poison killings of Kurds at Halabja alone?

Well you can see where Pilger is coming from, the numerous elements of the Iraqi insurgency are just like the French marquis and their resistance to the Nazis and the Vichy regime. Um maybe not. Don’t remember reading of the marquis hunting down homosexuals, sanctioning honour killings, blowing up hospitals, houses of worship, shopping markets and kidnapping, torturing and killing trade unionists, aid workers, diplomats and bureaucrats, all in the name of the Most High. Never mind the clear implication that the US and British forces in Iraq are no better than Nazis.

This is John Pilger of whom Morgan tell us, “Pilger is a bit of a hero for me. This is a man who’s led the kind of morally driven, socially constructive life I might have aspired to if I’d got my act together a bit younger. It’s good to know there are people like him out there.”

That statement of Richard K Morgan’s frightens me more than any horror movie ever could.

“It’s good to know there are people like him out there.”

Like Pilger that is! A supporter of fascist, jihadist, blood-lustful maniacal killers, and Baathists nostalgic for the tyranny of Saddam Hussein. Of course Morgan remarked on Pilger’s ‘moral heroism’ long before the US/Anglo war in Iraq and thus long before Pilger gave his support to the fascist ‘resistance’, yet Pilger remains a favourite of Morgan’s – Pilger’s books are still on the recommended non-fiction reading list at Morgan’s website. Morgan doesn’t have the excuse that he didn’t know that Pilger gave his unequivocal support to Muslim extremist jihadist killers in Iraq, after all I’m the one who informed him of this fact back in 2005!

So it should come as no surprise that John Pilger has given his unambiguous and unequivocal support to the Muslim fundamentalist  jihad against Israel, the Jew among the nations. Pilger did so explicitly in 2006 during the Hezbollah-Israel war of that year.

At least Pilger is consistent, that is he consistently supports the jihad across the board – wherever his ‘freedom fighters’ are waging the struggle for uh Sharia law and the murder of infidels. From Che to Muslim fundamentalist jihadists, it’s a smooth progression and continuum to the likes of Pilger. It is Pilger’s proud and open support for the jihad against the Jew among the nations that will be covered in part 2 of this series (along with other examples of Pilger’s intense and vicious Judenhass).

For the record there is sooooo much off-the-charts, horrendous Jew-hatred to genre writer Richard K Morgan’s ‘morally driven and socially constructive’ John Pilger, that it’s difficult to know what to pick and um marvel at from his journalistic poison. I will be sampling just a very small selection of the uh oeuvre of John Pilger in part 2; who let us not forget is “a bit of a hero”, a “man who’s led the kind of morally driven” life we should all aspire to, at least in the world according to liberal SF writer Richard K. Morgan.

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