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Snipers and 'death cults': who are heroes or murderers?

Issue No. 2439

Cover of the Sun celebrating British Sniper

The Sun newspaper revelled in the unashamed celebration of mass murder on Monday of this week. 

It ran a front page story on the “world’s deadliest” British sniper. Killing 90 people in one day in British-occupied Afghanistan made him a “hero” and a “legend” to the right wing rag. 

This unnamed killer was hailed as being “deadlier than the plague”.

The Sun boasted that his 173 person death toll “beats the 160 of American Sniper marksman Chris Kyle”. An editorial reminded us that RAF air strikes on Isis have helped wipe out 6,000 more.

Papers such as the Sun miss no opportunity to denounce Isis, the group wreaking terror on swathes of Iraq and Syria.

They condemn any footage it broadcasts of children apparently backing its atrocities.

Such sentiments slipped their minds last November, when they cheered to mark the centenary the First World War.

This was slaughter on a scale that Isis will never come close to—and the ceremonies starred a 13 year old boy in military fatigues.

The press and politicians cheer bloody wars that boost groups such as Isis, Al Qaida and the Taliban.

The West’s actions are often much bloodier than those of its enemies. The British media call Isis a “death cult”. It would seem it takes one to know one.


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What We Think
Tue 3 Feb 2015, 18:33 GMT
Issue No. 2439
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