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Burghard-Henry Lehmann



Joined: 14 Jan 2004
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Location: Hemel Hempstead, UK

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Start of a collection of my recent letters and rants:

This I wrote yesterday in a thread of the Media Lens message board, entitled "Gates to be Knighted". It refers to this image:


Note the dress code

The one on the right is a prime minister who still can't quite deny his Labour origins, hence the reddish tie. But he is really as conservative as they come, hence the blue shirt.

The one on the left is outright fascist in his aspirations ("Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." Benito Mussolini), hence the black tie on glaring white shirt. He aspires to a total control by a few multinational corporations who have near monopolies in their repsective fields. His company employs mostly temporary staff who are used as cheap labour as long as they are needed and sacked when they are not needed any more, without any compensation. His software includes keyholes build in by the American NSA (National Security Agency) to be able to spy one anybody's data anywhere in the world (see William Blum, Rogue State, page 208f).

Both are hands-on, no-nonsence company manager types - the one on the left is indeed a CEO while the one on the right licks any CEO's boots and aspires to run his government like a big company. While the one on the left is able to excercise his restlessness with "enterpreneurial activities" the one on the right has to involve his country in wars, devestating and killing unfortunate thousands. They both don't see much need for citizen's rights - right to privacy, right to get access to genuine information about what the government is up to, right to subscribe to something else than their corporate mentality, and they are very much determined to get on with it. Hence shirts and ties only.

Will we let them?

Henry


Last edited by Burghard-Henry Lehmann on Tue Jan 27, 2004 3:05 pm; edited 3 times in total
Tue Jan 27, 2004 12:38 pm
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Burghard-Henry Lehmann



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This is an unpublished letter to the Guardian a couple of weeks ago, after the middle-class, liberal Guardian "honoured" mass murderer Harold Shipman with a leader and an obituary:

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Sir,

Nobody can accuse the Guardian of disregarding professionals: Harold Shipman got a Guardian leader and obituary!

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Maybe I should have added: I bet Fred West got none.

Get the irony? Not? Well, suit yourself. Rolling Eyes

Henry
Tue Jan 27, 2004 12:46 pm
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Burghard-Henry Lehmann



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The Hutton whitewash killed two big flies with one stone:

1) It's a brilliant diversion, possibly invented by spin-master Alastair Campbell, from the question which most people in this country want answered: What were the real reasons for taking this country to war against Iraq?

2) It makes the BBC into the whipping boy and possibly weakens it just the way Richard (Bskyb broadcasting) Murdoch wants it. (Maybe it will even get privatized now: Exit annoying, "independent" public broadcasting.)

Result: Tony will walk unblemished into the next election and Richard Murdoch will order his Sun to shine on him and get him re-elected.

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My letter to the BBC

Dear Sir,
Again the BBC is failing in its job as truthful and unafraid public broadcaster. Isn't it your job now to unmask the whitewash that is the Hutton report instead of again being subservient to power and playing the role of the whipping boy? For what do millions of people in Britain pay you a licence fee? To have the BBC being shaken to its bones by an the unelected, unrepresentative establishment which has decided to support a government which has taken this country into an illegal and immoral war? With every day that passes it becomes clearer that Andrew Gilligan was very much getting at the truth. Isnt it your job to defend him and with him the truth, instead of sacking him as seems now to be the course of action?

From a very distraught licence payer

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Send to:

richard.sambrook@bbc.co.uk
gavin.davies@bbc.co.uk
greg.dyke@bbc.co.uk

and slightly modified to Have Your Say: What now for the BBC?
Thu Jan 29, 2004 2:37 pm
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Burghard-Henry Lehmann



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Dear Mr Lehman

I think some of your comments are unfair. You may have noticed that Greg
Dyke and I tried to defend Mr Gilligan very vehemently last year. If you
wish to complain about the conclusions of the Hutton enquiry, please
write to Lord Hutton.

Gavyn Davies
Thu Jan 29, 2004 8:22 pm
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Invading Iraq: How Britain and America Got It Wrong
Two hour documentary on Channel 4

It was two hours of unashamed horror. All about how the US and the British professionals did their job in Iraq. A lot of the film looked like it was done by embedded reporters. (Don't we all love to experience what it feels like to drive on top of a tank looking over the barrel of a big machine gun into the Iraqi countryside? I bet this will give creative kids some ideas how to make video games look more realistic.)

The question why they were there in the first place and why they did this bloody job was not investigated at all. Only at the beginning did we hear the usual buzzwords: Weapons of Mass Destruction, liberation, peace and democracy.

In between the main show we had lots of car commercials and the HSBC bank several times telling us how much importance they put on observing local customs. We also had several warnings that this programme contained strong language and dead bodies which might upset some people.

One part of it seemed to me better than any other to display the kind of military mind set which seems to be necessary to pull these operations off and come out of it with the feeling that you have done a job and done it well. This was the part of the documentary where they did several hits of civilian targets to try to kill Saddam Hussein. At one occasion dead bodies flew into the air like old matrices. But every time they only hit civilians. Asked how he felt about this, one American military man said (Im paraphrasing): We always hit exactly the target we wanted to hit. We were very accurate. Unbelievably accurate! If Saddam would have been there, we would have had him. Maybe the man who lost his whole family in one of those attacks should apologoize to Americans that he and his family were there and not Saddam Hussein. This is what happens to you if you live at an address marked by the American military to be hit!

And this is what happens to anybody who lives not in lucky and free Britain or America but in some far away place, swimming on top of billions of barrels of oil.

Will these people never learn?
Sun Feb 01, 2004 1:40 am
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