Joshua Trevino, The Guardian's US columnist advocates Shooting Political Opponents and Establishing Concentration Camps
It all began with an altered press release from the Guardian. The original stated that:Today the Guardian announced the addition of Josh Treviño to their editorial team. Formerly of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Treviño will be the newest Correspondent for the Guardian’s growing US politics team through his column “On Politics & Persuasion” which launches on Monday, August 20.
Amidst the uproar, this was changed to
Today the Guardian announced the addition of Josh Treviño to its commentary team in the United States. Formerly of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Treviño will be the newest commentator for the Guardian’s growing US politics team through his column On Politics & Persuasion which launches on Monday 20 August.
However before brazenly deciding to stand its ground, the Guardian tried to bluff its way out by a little surreptitious altering of its press release. As Ali Abunimah of Electronic Intifada noted:
In a quintessential example of chutzpah (Yiddish for audacity/cheek) the Guardian press office e-mailed Ali Abunimah informing him that:
Josh Trevino is not a correspondent for the Guardian. He is a freelance writer on contract to write opinion pieces. His articles will appear on the Guardian’s Comment isFree section of the site along with articles from many other freelance writers.
Thank you in advance for making this correction.'
The Guardian wanted Ali Abunimah to post a correction in order to hide its own dishonesty!The Guardian’s press office's standard response was that "We have long held that a range of voices is one of the great assets of The Guardian's comment section" the company's press office said in an emailed statement. "We look forward to the open and robust debate that we are sure will follow between Josh and Guardian readers,"
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Now there is nothing wrong with an ‘open and robust debate’ even with someone who is as desperate as Trevino to hide his tweets and blogs. But even The Guardian draws at advocates for a second holocaust or genocide. After all it hires censors (moderators) on its on-line Comment is Free to weed out anything that might suggest, for example, that there are any comparisons between Israel and Nazi Germany pre-holocaust.
Trevino wrote, of US policy in Iraq, that the establishment of concentration camps would be beneficial to the US military campaign and specifically cited the British concentration camps in South Africa:
‘one might look especially to the Boer War, in which a fractious, semi-fanatical culture was slowly ground into submission by an occupying force several years after the seeming success of the initial invasion. If it sounds familiar, it should: and so the means of victory there offer an instructive thought experiment for Iraq today.’
Make no mistake: those means were cruel. I have stated previously that I endorse cruel things in war, to eschew them is folly. The British achieved victory over the Boers by taking their women and children away to concentration camps, by laying waste to the countryside, and by dotting the veld with small garrisons in blockhouses at regular intervals. The men who remained were hindered in their movements by the wire stretching from blockhouse to blockhouse (a phenomenon that the Morice Line experience has shown would be massively more effective now); they could either surrender or die. Absent women and children, the rules of engagement were lax.
But the Guardian and their rabid Republican dog were nothing if not disingenuous. Realising that people may not understand why he had previously tweeted, re the second Gaza flotilla that:
"Dear IDF: If you end up shooting any Americans on the new Gaza flotilla – well, most Americans are cool with that. Including me."
Trevino publish a ‘clarification’ even before he'd started work. He simpered
‘My 2011 Gaza flotilla tweet: a clarification
It is entirely my responsibility as a writer’ he twittered, ‘that my Twitter statement about American activists on the Gaza flotilla was misunderstood.’A much misunderstood man by all accounts. But we had gotten the wrong impression:
‘any reading of my tweet of 25 June 2011 that holds that I applauded, encouraged, or welcomed the death of fellow human beings, is wrong, and out of step with my life and record.’Quite and he was nothing if not self-effacing. Indeed he is almost a pacifist, such is his horror of applauding, encouraging or welcoming the death of fellow human beings. Warming to his theme, Joshua continued in his semi-apologetic mode:
‘Any such reading is also my fault. I do not apologize for my views or my ideology.’ Naturally, ‘But for giving the impression that I welcome killing, I do apologize. I was quick, intemperate, and too clever-by-half. I failed as a writer. And that is not the fault of my readers, but of myself.'
Who could fail to be impressed by the man's modesty? Clearly the Guardian was impressed by its decision to hire the a genocidal maniac from the Republican Right. The idea that he regrets the loss of human life is akin to David Irving’s theory that Hitler was deceived by Goebbels about the Holocaust and was in fact one of the great supporters that the Jews had in Nazi Germany! That Trevino, the paid Republican hack, Texas loudmouth and verbally incontinent sewer rat, lies through his teeth is obvious to anyone but Matt Seaton (who had the job of defending him) and his boss Janine Gibson.
It since turns out that the original tweet which caused such a furore was in fact one of the mildest. Yesterday Abunimah posted another such:
'American student shot dead by Israel “deserved” to die says Guardian’s Joshua Treviño.'
And just in case people were not clear, Trevino explained regarding the murder by Israel on the high seas, of Furkan Dogan, that ‘“There are some Americans we’re better off without. Furkan Dogan is one of them.” – This was written on 3 June 2010. Yet despite this Trevino began his new Guardian career on 20th August.
Abunimah asks ‘Why won’t the Guardian correct these lies?’. And the answer is because the ‘liberal’ Guardian has jackknifed to the right. Under the fading, ageing Alan Rusbridger, former bicycling correspondent Matt Seatton (US CIF editor), Jonathan Freedland, Janine Gibson, Chief of the US operation, Martin Kettle, Polly Toynbee and a host of other right-wing pundits (despite proclaiming its belief in a wide range of views, the Guardian’s journalists and columnist have steadily moved to the right over the past decade, such that only Seamus Milne and Jonathan Steele are the only ones left, with Steve Bell doing the funnies (they haven’t yet banned him or sacked him!)
Below are some of Treviño’s vilest statements (or at least the ones we have got our hands on!) are below:
On 3 June 2010 in reference to 19-year-old American Furkan Doğan, who was killed execution-style aboard the Mavi Marmara, Treviño wrote, “Make no mistake: in choosing to aid Hamas on the #flotilla, Furkan Dogan raised his hand against his country. His fate was deserved.”
And he continued tweeting in the same manner: “There are some Americans we’re better off without. Furkan Dogan is one of them: .”
On 1 June 2010, the day after Israeli forces murdered 9 unarmed civilians aboard the Mavi Marmara in international waters, Treviño tweeted, http://twitter.com/jstrevino/status/15206978772 “Only way the #flotilla story gets better is if it’s revealed the IDF drew Muhammed on a bulkhead.”
On 2 June 2010, Treviño tweeted after the murder of 9 unarmed activists on board the Mavi Marmara that: “After examining the facts on #flotilla, I condemn Israel: for being too nice, too soft, too accommodating to the scum of the earth.”
Ah yes, this was certainly an example of liberal humanitarianism (though it could be argued that for someone who’d like to see a few concentration camps established, it was probably was too few killed). You can find many moreexamples at Topsy.
Another little gem from our erstwhile humanist was on 31.5.2011 who remember protested that ‘any reading of my tweet of 25 June 2011 that holds that I applauded, encouraged, or welcomed the death of fellow human beings, is wrong, and out of step with my life and record.’ Ah yes. What a life. None of which stopped him remembering that:
The above quotes come from Americanstudent shot dead by Israel “deserved” to die says Guardian’s Joshua Treviño ‘Today is the one-year anniversary of the Gaza flotilla, on which I salute the IDF for doing the right thing, the right way.’
Ali Abunimah suggests that The Guardian was more than likely aware of Treviño’s record when it hired him. Citing a radio interview with conservative radio host Peter Ingemi on Saturday 18 August 2012, Treviño explained how he became a columnist at The Guardian (starting at approximately 20 minutes).
“The origin is in my Twitter feed. I started to engage over the past few years with a couple of Guardian personnel there.”
on March 2012, he was invited to speak at TheGuardian Open Weekend in London, and then in May 2012 he spoke at the DC launch event for The Guardian’s US editionhttp://www.guardian.co.uk/info/2012/may/01/washington-launch-event. “Shortly thereafter,” he says, The Guardian began to discuss hiring him for a daily column.
As Abunimah says:
‘If we are to believe Treviño – admittedly difficult given his record – The Guardian knew about his vile tweets all along. Enough. It is time for The Guardian to stop the lies.’
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