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Bunglawala and Afghanistan

Inayat Bunglawala is at it again. He’s writing on the Guardian today dishing out abuse and untruths as he weaves his way through a piece about media lies and Islam involving Iraq and Afghanistan.

His outrage centres on the disgusting lie that British Muslims might support the war in Afghanistan. Oh the horror, to support a just war to restore Afghanistan and help rebuild it from fanatics who believe it is legitimate to spray acid at girls who go to school. What a crime.

He is most upset that “back in November 2001, the Foreign Office was eager to (falsely) portray the majority of British Muslims as supportive of the war against Afghanistan” and he points to a “gushingly pro-war article headlined The Five Myths Muslims Must Deny was duly published in the Observer by the MP Khalid Mahmood” who he dismisses as “universally regarded as being not exactly the brightest spark in parliament”. Nice.

The insults continue to fly freely today. He has a pop at the Observer and its former political editor Kamal Ahmed and at former Foreign Office minister and fellow Cif contributor, Denis MacShane, who he accuses of “rather shabby and pathetic” attempts at deception, which is rich.

Of course, he doesn’t spell out his own position on Afghanistan, which as he is against the war must be for the government to fall in Afghanistan and the Taliban and their Al-Qaeda allies to sweep to power and chaos.

I’m guessing this is case as he is not a man who likes to say exactly where he stands or what for in case it should damage his carefully constructed public media persona gig, but we know it is a matter of public record that Bunglawala has voiced support for Osama bin Laden not to mention Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman (he of first World Trade Center bombing). All exports of Afghanistan.

What grates most about Bunglawala is his selectivity. He mention that Barack Obama vocally opposed the war in Iraq, but skips over the fact that the president elect supports a troop surge in Afghanistan. You can’t have one without the other. It’s like pick ‘n’ mix from Woolworths, something else which has also outlived its usefulness.