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Aidan Rogers

WikiLeaks attacks Malala?I am angry right now. Very, very angry... at WikiLeaks.

I have never had any praise for them anyway. They are the enemies of civilization. They have no regards for the families they have ruined with their supposed championing of free speech. They have published videos of so-called atrocities with no context. They have leaked the names of the Afghans and Iraqis co-operating with the Coalition, to whom the glory-seeking Assange apparently shows no empathy.

But what makes me furious, what causes my blood to boil at obscene levels, is their reaction to the growing support for Malala Yousafzai to be named as the Guardian’s Person of the Year. Bradley Manning won. Of course, I don’t think much of that. But what is truly disgusting about this sordid affair is how Wikileaks took to Malala’s competition in this very low-stakes game.

Malala Yousafzai, for those of you who have been living under a rock, is the 15-year-old girl who was shot by Taliban gunman for daring to speak out against their rule. The attack rightfully sparked domestic and international outrage.

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An honest antiwar position. Pacifism is objectively pro-fascistWar! Huh! What is it good for? Apart from ending slavery, stopping Nazism and Japanese militarism and defending civilized people from the ever-present onslaught of Islamofascism, right?

I can’t help but wonder if there is such a thing as a truly anti-war person, and if they exist, how lonely they must be. When the language of anti-war is invoked today, it is specifically meant as a protest, for the most part, against Israeli military operations in Gaza, the West Bank or Southern Lebanon, or US military operations in the War on Terror. We saw this with the thousands of demonstrations, both before and during the Iraqi War.

The problem with these antiwar movements is that they are, to be blunt, selective. You would hear nothing from them about the numerous conflicts in Africa. During the Cold War, they would not march outside the Soviet embassies against operations in Vietnam or Afghanistan. And now, they do not picket the Iranian embassy, which outsources terror to Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, just to start with.

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For the politically-minded who love war movies, or just movies in general, Hollywood's output has been disappointing ever since September 11, 2001. The attacks hammered home the threat of radical Islamism, but the film industry responded in typical politically-correct fashion. That's been a source of annoyance to those who want gritty action scenes ala Saving Private Ryan or Black Hawk Down without the heavy-handed condemnations of the military, the Bush government, the CIA or those dastardly neo-conservatives; movies where soldiers are dedicated, professional men who try to help the Afghan or Iraqi people and fight off the jihadis who want to enslave them. For every Fahrenheit 9/11, Redacted and Lions for Lambs, there is the overwhelming desire to see just one good WoT movie where everything is (yes) black and white. (Mark Humphrys has a good section on Cinema and the War). Even more annoying is Hollywood’s stubborn refusal to look reality in the face, and to keep turning out anti-war flicks knowing they will bomb when a good pro-war flick can make millions of dollars.

Until now.

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