The British Times tabloid is sinking deeper in its mire of lies
Posted on May 31st, 2009

Ajit Randeniya

Following the failure of the lie-based “20000 civilian casualties in Sri Lanka” campaign to produce the impact they hoped for, the Murdoch-owned Times has now sunk even deeper in the foul smelling mire they created.

In an apparent attempt to ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”explain’ their lie, they posted on their website (on 30 May), two of the all-revealing (not!) photographs they boasted about – with a voice-over by the foreign editor- and an article by a woman named Catherine Phillp; the article contains an attempted explanation of the very creative accounting process they undertook to arrive at this magical figure of 20000. Unfortunately for them, these two pieces of ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”evidence’ removed any remaining doubt about this scandalous abuse of the role of the media that discredited the entire Western media oligopoly staffed with spies posing as journalists.

The explanation goes like this: the two aerial photographs, one showing the supposed Tigers’ mortar positions and some craters which are supposedly created by army bombing, and another showing rows of supposed graves of the Tiger combatants and the civilians killed by the army respectively! The basis of their ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”classification’ of graves as to whom they belonged to is not explained. Not convinced? Wait to hear the method of calculation of the number of civilian deaths.

Apparently they did have a “body count” given by religious leaders and other sources which they added up, to those either died at, or were brought to, hospitals. They made the crucial assumption that “only one-in-five deaths were being reported”, and corrected this number of reported deaths by multiplying it by five! How is that for creative Arithmetic?

The Times foreign editor lost any remaining credibility with the claim that they were able to identify the rebel and civilian graves together with the causes of death of the victims lying “six feet underground, literally” in a war zone, simply by looking at the mound of sand on the ground. One doesn’t want to dignify this ridiculous lie with further analysis!

Then the fraudulent multiplication of their own estimate of deaths (which was less than the UN estimate of 7000 when they began the exercise) by five, apparently based on the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”convenient’ assumptions that there were unreported deaths, and they were five times the number reported! If Murdoch himself is not part of this bungled conspiracy, he needs to show these “Spies like us” the door.

These thieves expect the countries on which such tricks are played to totally miss them: the cycle of lies starts with one report, (they take turns), picked up and publicised by the other members of the oligopoly, wires in particular, discussed by the BBC with some disaffected element to give more credibility.

The ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”action’ starts when the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”guardians of wholesome human behaviour’ such as Amnesty International (who is doing an excellent job in defending freedoms selectively) and the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”open conspiracy’ that is parading as Human Rights Watch. They used to have access to, and influence at the UN. They still have to NGO plants within the UN system and other well-paid lobbyists like Navi Pillai, who will join the bandwagon like ducks to water, making it legal and official! Based on Western media and NGO lies, they have created an adversarial process in international affairs, putting the unfairly accused developing nations in an unnecessarily defensive position. If and when the truth comes out, the victim has already suffered the ill-effects.

The reaction of the UN humanitarian chief John Holmes provides an example of the difficulties a campaign of lies of this nature can pose, even to those who are familiar with the true situation. In response to this lie, Holmes said: 1. “The actions of both the Tamil Tigers and the army need to be investigated”; 2. “There have been serious charges against the LTTE, of course, for holding civilians as civilian shields for such a long time and thereby being indirectly responsible for their deaths”; 3. “[Also] against the government, for using heavy weapons in an area where there’s so many civilians, thereby – not deliberately – but causing many civilian deaths. I think that’s why it needs to be looked at properly”; and 4. “I think a lot of the figures which are floating around don’t have much justification behind them”. When translated, this ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”nuanced’ form of English also known as ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Diplomatese’ means: “As a UN diplomat I am not able to tell you that you are dealing in absolute excreta”: but this response was reported under the caption “UN human rights chief calls for a war crimes trial on Sri Lanka”!

The aforementioned routine BBC interview on the issue was with Geoffrey Robertson, an Australian whose apparent effort to rounding his vowels upon arriving in Britain in the 80s is only matched by ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”our own’ Pakiasothy Saravanamuttu; R’ow’bertson’s vowels are getting rounder and rounder and its doubtful whether his mother would be able to recognise him anymore when he rings home!

He is hopeful that: “In the fullness of time, of course”, there will be witnesses, as well as priests and doctors talking about what happened. This is the reason why they are trying every possible trick in the book to gain ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”access’ to these poor people in the camps: their desperation makes them ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”putty in the hands’ of these conspirators.

This is why we should never allow them anywhere near the camps or allow them to talk to these poor people. They are ours, as the President has announced, and we will look after them.

One Response to “The British Times tabloid is sinking deeper in its mire of lies”

  1. gdesilva Says:

    It appears that Times has taken over the job from the BBC!

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