Thanks to the Australian's Cut and Paste
Legendary for regularly placing his foot in his mouth, Robert Fisk made a complete idiot of himself with this comment to ABC1's Kerrie O'Brien on Monday's Four Corners on the subject of the Butcher of Damascus, now suddenly out of favour with most of the pundits of the pseudo left:-
Fisking! Robert Fisk interviewed by Kerrie O'Brien on ABC1's Four Corners on Monday:
YOU see, the problem is, on the one hand, the two nations that are the most frightened of losing Bashar al-Assad: one is Iran, because the destruction of Assad's Syria is a sword in the heart of Iran, its greatest ally, and the other country is Israel, because
the Israelis are constantly saying, "Well, we don't like Bashar, but we're frightened of what will happen afterwards."
Israeli Foreign Minister
Avigdor Lieberman on June 15, 2011:
I THINK for everybody who saw in the last week on the TV screens the repression and the atrocities, the conclusion is very simple and very clear: President Assad must resign as soon as possible, and it's despite all our bilateral relations with Syria. For everybody who respects human rights and democratic values, it's really unacceptable what we see today in Syria We are worried about the innocent people who are suffering . . . it's a very bad sign and a very bad message if this regime and if this president will survive and if he will succeed in suppressing these protests.
Israeli ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor, February 13:
STOP standing on the sidelines watching murder after murder. . . do something (to stop Assad).
In other words, Fisk either doesn't know or he's lying.
Fisk was once described by New York Times journalist Ethan Bronner as pursuing an anti-Western agenda "nearly to the exclusion of the pursuit of straight journalism."