How very dare Seumas Milne for being a curious, challenging, cynical, quisling of a human being. Doesn’t he know that’s not what we, the British establishment, want from our journalists? Hasn’t he realised by now that to question the narrative set by our pro establishment conservative agenda, is tantamount to treason, and will lead to his name and reputation being dragged through the proverbial mud? In some countries they lock these people up. So crass and unnecessary. There are far better ways to skin a cat.
For instance, when he dared to question our growing assertion that Stalinism was on a par, if not more atrocious than Nazism, didn’t he realise we would label him a Stalinist, in the same way someone who acknowledges the advances made under the Roman Empire is clearly a Roman lover who wouldn’t think twice about throwing his Christian neighbour over the railings of the Lion enclosure at London zoo?
And what, may we ask, is he hoping to achieve by exposing our hypocrisy when we hold Stalin up as the greatest mass murderer of the 20th century, but deftly sweep under the rug the vast numbers of human beings who have lost their lives under colonialism, imperialism and capitalism (through genocide, poverty, war, famine and massacre etc)? Hasn’t he grasped that only attempts at large scale proggressive reform leads to atrocities, curtailment of civil liberties, and massive loss of life, whereas kind fluffy imperialism/colonialism/capitalism only bring good to the world? And even if he hasn’t grasped this, can’t he be a dear like most main stream journalists and engage in a bit of historical airbrushing, combined with strategic use of one sided analysis? This usually does the trick.
Take the situation in Ukraine. Ask many Brits whether they feel Nato expansionism since the collapse of the Soviet Union has played any role in the ratcheting up of tensions between east and west and they’ll give you a blank stare, but mention Putin and just see the steam coming out of their ears. You see, sticking to the ‘we are saints and they are evil’ script almost always works. Very few people have the energy and reserves to research these matters for themselves, and that numbers growing thanks to the squeeze we are putting them under with all this austerity malarkey.
So you see, that’s why Seumas has made an enemy of us. A bit like that Jeremy Corbyn fellow. If it wasn’t for nuisance journalists and politicians like Seumas Milne and Jeremy Corbyn, we really would have the whole thing nicely stitched up.