Note to George Monbiot regarding his latest smear of Chomsky, Znet and others

George Monbiot decided to write yet another verbose smear against Chomsky, John Pilger, Ed Herman. and David Peterson in the pages of the Guardian. This time he decided to include Znet among his targets for good measure. Most comically. he attacks people he knows full well his editors will never permit an adequate right to reply but deludes himself that he is taking a courageous stand. At the same time, he remains conspicuously silent about a gross example of genocide denial by his bosses at the Guardian.

Re: My fiight may be hopeless…infectious idiocy and denial on the Left

Dear George Monbiot;

I copied you on this email below weeks ago immediately after the Guardian and Observer both respectfully gave a platform to a perpetrator of genocide, Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina. Your response to it thus far has been silence, as I anticipated. It should therefore be obvious why I find your latest broadside against Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger – and now Znet – particularly cowardly and ridiculous.

Joe Emersberger

—- Original Message —-
From: Jemersberger
To: John.mulholland
Sent: Sun, Apr 8, 2012 2:26 pm
Subject: Fwd: Guardian / Observer gives platform to genocide perpetrator


We have to find new solutions to Latin America's drugs nightmare
by Otto Pérez Molina

Dear Guardian / Observer editors:

This article appeared on the Guardian's Comment is Free website.

If the Guardian / Observer gives a platform to a perpetrator of genocide,
Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina, why not give at least as prominent
a platform to his victims? Isn't that the minimum that common decency would

The United Nations sponsored Truth Commission issued a report on war crimes
in Guatemala that took place for more than 35 years. It found that the
military was responsible for a campaign of genocide against Guatemala's Mayan
citizens. Roughly 200,000 persons had been extra-judicially executed or
forcibly "disappeared". The military was found responsible for 93% of those
human rights violations

As Rights Action stated in a letter to the UN Special Raporteur on Torture

"In 1982, Perez Molina held the rank of Major, and was in a command
position in the Ixil triangle. As the Truth Commission documents, half of all
the massacres occurred during this period and in this region.
Between 70 and 90% of the villages were razed. Acts of torture, murder and
mutilation were daily events. The survivors in the region recognize and
remember him only too well. Moreover, a documentary film from the year 1982
shows Allan Nairn interviewing him in that region in 1982. Nearby lay the
terribly battered corpses of four prisoners. Although Perez Molina uses the
false name of Tito Arias, he can be easily recognized both by his voice as
well as his facial features.

Annie Bird, of Rights Action, sends you the attached video

for your review"

Joe Emersbeger

[1] http://www.rightsaction.org/articles/peres_molina_letter_080611.html)

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