It probably comes as no surprise to readers that John Pilger easily romped home. One can only gaze in awe at this Colossus of dhimmitude.
Results were: John Pilger 46.8% Robert McClelland 26.4% NSW Department of Education 24.8% David Hicks 1.9%. (Poor old Dave, ex-jihadi, now supposedly a Christian, but still the biggest loser.)
Pilger abandoned Sydney for England in the 60's, where he's been ever since, spewing his hatred of Israel and the United States, while praising Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, the Marxist Sandinistas of Nicaragua, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, whom he described as "a threat to America because he offers the alternative of a decent society," and of course Islamic terrorists like Hamas:
the horror now raining on Gaza has little to do with Hamas or, absurdly, “Israel’s right to exist”. They know the opposite to be true: that Palestine’s right to exist was cancelled 61 years ago and the expulsion and, if necessary, extinction of the indigenous people was planned and executed by the founders of Israel.
In Gaza, the enforced starvation and denial of humanitarian aid...the systematic destruction of infrastructure and the killing and maiming of the civilian population, 50 per cent of whom are children, meet the international standard of the Genocide Convention.
. .. a mostly supine western media says Hamas is a terrorist organisation devoted to Israel’s destruction and to “blame” for the massacres and siege of its own people... In fact, Hamas’s real threat is its example as the Arab world’s only democratically elected government. (source)
Pilger disdains objective analysis, promoting an extremist Palestinian narrative and claims that Western support for Israel -- coupled with Western disregard for the welfare of Arab and Muslim nations -- is mostly to blame for the persistent unrest in the Middle East and the rise of Islamic terrorism:
"The bombs of 7 July were Blair's bombs. Blair brought home to this country his and George W Bush's illegal, unprovoked and blood-soaked adventure in the Middle East. Were it not for his epic irresponsibility, the Londoners who died in the Tube and on the No 30 bus almost certainly would be alive today."
When asked, in an interview with the ABC in 2004, if he approved of "the killing of American, British or Australian troops" by their enemies in Iraq, he replied, "Well yes, they're legitimate targets.They're illegally occupying a country." (source)
Pilger with one of his dead friends
Keith Windschuttle in “The Adversary Culture:The perverse anti-Westernism of the cultural elite” tells how:
Within days of the 9/11 terrorist assault, a number of influential Western intellectuals responded in ways that, morally and symbolically, were no different to the celebrations of the crowds on the streets of Palestine and Islamabad. Perhaps the worst single response was made by an Australian... John Pilger said the real terrorists were not Muslim radicals but the Americans themselves.: “If the attacks on America have their source in the Islamic world, who can be surprised? … Far from being the terrorists of the world, the Islamic peoples have been its victims — that is, the victims of American fundamentalism, whose power, in all its forms — military, strategic and economic — is the greatest source of terrorism on earth.“ (source)
IIn 2002 Pilger wrote and directed the documentary Breaking the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror, in which he accused the U.S. of being "a rapacious imperial power," and asserted that America and the UK were jointly responsible for "the terrorism that dare not speak it's name, because it's our terrorism."
In his documentary The New Rulers of the World, Pilger identified the Western pursuit of globalization as a chief cause of contemporary Islamic terrorism; stating "'the War on Terrorism' is terrorism."
In 2002, together with Chomsky, Fisk and other leftists, he wrote Iraq Under Seige: The Deadly Impact of Sanctions and War
, which blamed the United States for the malnutrition, disease, and increased infant mortality rates in pre-war Iraq. (reference)
Our Dhimwit of the Month award may not be as prestigious as his 2009 Sydney Peace Prize, with its cloying citation:
"For work as an author, filmmaker and journalist as well as for courage as a foreign and war correspondent in enabling the voices of the powerless to be heard."
"For commitment to peace with justice by exposing and holding governments to account for human rights abuses and for fearless challenges to censorship in any form."
But maybe our citation reflects more accurately the calibre of the man:
"For his unremitting efforts to spread hatred of Western democracy and support for Islamic totalitarianism" "For his commitment to destroying our freedoms and democratic government and upholding repressive Marxist and Islamic governments."