Craig Murray: Something Has Snapped

There seems to be a presumption the general population harbour the same Zionist assumptions which the journalists are paid to promote. Well, we don’t.

By Craig Murray

The Zionist grip on the political and media class is stark. Ordinary citizens are left with feelings ranging from rage to deep sorrow, but with a feeling of helplessness at having no power and no genuine voice in the country where they live.

The bought-and-paid-for politicians intone “Israel’s right to self-defence” as justifying the slaughter of any number of Palestinian children.

They pretend they do not see the obvious genocide which is happening before their eyes. The Guardian’s framing of the death of hundreds, probably thousands, of young children Friday night, as destruction of Hamas tunnels, ought to be astonishing. Sadly it is entirely unsurprising.

Here is a reminder of how it works. Joan Ryan MP secretly filmed talking to Shai Masot of the Israeli Embassy in London. 

Friday night, well after the latest extreme massacre phase had started, the BBC 10 o’clock evening news presented a single volley of Hamas no-warhead popgun missiles – which as usual killed nobody – as equivalent to the massive Israeli high explosive bombardment.

They then featured a lengthy interview with a “heroic” clean-cut Israeli soldier who fought a Hamas attack on a military base on Oct. 7 despite being wounded, and who explained that the attacks on Gaza are justified as they will free Israel from terrorism.

All this while the massive massacre was in progress in Gaza. The strange thing is, the BBC and The Guardian, and nearly the entire rest of the MSM, pump out their propaganda as though we have no other access to information or understanding of what is happening.

More than that, there seems to be a presumption that the general population harbour the same Zionist assumptions which the journalists are paid to promote. Well, we don’t.

It feels like something has snapped, not only in Palestine but in the U.K. and much of Europe, where the process of alienation between the governed and the ruling classes has been accelerated.

Democracy has been failing in the West for a while – to take the U.K. as an example, the idea that a “choice” between Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer offers any kind of democratic alternative is risible.

There are key moments in societal breakdown, and this is one.

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26 comments for “Craig Murray: Something Has Snapped

  1. WillD
    October 30, 2023 at 23:39

    As you say Craig, something has snapped. This time, I think, the Western powers have gone too far. By openly sponsoring, financing and militarily supporting the Israeli atrocities, war crimes and genocide on such a large scale that the mainstream media cannot hide it from the world, they have blown their cover.

    It is out in the open and even the hard-line sceptics and empire-supporters cannot deny the reality. All of the protests around the world point to a coming reckoning. The US, as the main culprit, is on the brink of economic collapse and major social upheaval, as is much of Europe.

    The usual tactics of jack-booted suppression aren’t working. People are at the tipping point, and not showing any signs of backing down and acquiescing or submitting to the oppression.

    The necons and elites have no reverse gear, as many commenters point out, and can only double-down. That means they will not back off or down, and will not change their ways unless forced to do so by the people of their countries.

    And that will not happen peacefully, it will be bloody!

  2. Vera Gottlieb
    October 30, 2023 at 11:38

    Thanks to almost instant world-wide communications, the israeli Nazis are not going to get away with it…not for long. For years israel has attempted and succeeded to brainwash us but no longer.

  3. Hank
    October 29, 2023 at 21:25

    the popularity of Zionism is nothing more nor less than the weaponization of the holocaust against the enemies of western imperialism which itself was behind the Nazi horror to begin with. As Césaire points out in his discourse on the matter, Nazism was western colonialism targeted towards fellow Europeans. First American elites bankrolled Hitler, then they weaponized both the Nazis (against socialism in Europe), and the Zionists (against the secular leaders of the middle east). Without Israel, how would American elites keep an eye on their oil which God placed in the middle east by accident.

  4. Afdal
    October 29, 2023 at 17:08

    How can democracy fail when we never had it?

  5. Susan Siens
    October 29, 2023 at 16:15

    And it’s important to remember how Israel was funded by American Jewish mobsters from the get-go. A nation not only contaminated by organized crime — which all nations are — but with organized crime built into its very foundations.

  6. jef
    October 29, 2023 at 16:02

    WE let them get away with lying about Pearl Harbor.
    WE let them get away with lying about who won WWII.
    WE let them get away with lying about CIA killing a standing president.
    WE let them get away with lying about Communism/Socialism.
    WE let them get away with lying about Vietnam.
    WE let them get away with lying about 9/11/1.
    WE let them get away with lying about Ukraine.

    This list is only about 1/100 of the lies we have seen as obvious but let them get away with.

    They now fully believe it doesn’t matter. They can do whatever they want, toss out a few lies, and we will let them get away with it.

    • Nathan Mulcahy
      October 29, 2023 at 19:49

      “We” – you and I didn’t let them
      Get away with the lies. Sadly way too many of Americans did annd are still going.

  7. michael888
    October 29, 2023 at 14:57

    Hamas, “a creature of Israel”, may have not been responsible for much of the bloodshed/ burned up bodies of their attack:

    Not only did Israel know that the Hamas attack was coming, they may have intended “to destroy the villages to save them.” Many of the “Hamas atrocities” seemed the result of massive Israeli counter-attacks on Israelis, including hostages.

    More and more October 7 is looking like a false flag excuse to justify a Palestinian Holocaust/ Genocide. Biden “I am a Zionist” no doubt played a major role.

  8. JonnyJames
    October 29, 2023 at 14:16

    Great points made by Craig Murray and great comments as usual here… not only a source of great information and journalism, CN is a great way to see that other informed and honest people feel the same way you do. That makes me feel more sane, and less depressed, a bit more hopeful in a time of horrific crimes against humanity. As Mr. Murray points out, many (more) people can see through the war propaganda.

    Every politician and chickenhawk-coward-warmonger should be forced to witness the absolute butchery and gore of blowing up children and civilians. Carolyn Zaremba noted the video she watched will cause nightmares. The sycophant-stenographer-war-cheerleaders should be forced to witness the horrific scenes as well, of seeing body parts, blood and guts – and the stench of burning flesh. It seems like these “reporters” treat this as some sort of movie, or video game – they clearly have no idea.

    Sometimes there is more criticism of Israeli policy in the Israeli press itself, than in the US/UK (and vassal nations): Amira Hass of Ha’aretz is a great example. She has produced excellent work for many years, including in today’s edition.

    • Susan Siens
      October 29, 2023 at 16:10

      You always make total sense, Jonny. I want these damnable “journalists” thrown into the fire that is Gaza. I am sick of their smug, self-satisfied, blank faces, people with no decency, no humanity, nothing but a mess of pottage they sold their souls for.

    • Carolyn L Zaremba
      October 29, 2023 at 19:17

      I agree that more people must be made to watch the results of bombing and building collapse. It is not like Hollywood movies. It’s more like an abattoir. Horrific.

  9. Gregorio
    October 29, 2023 at 13:39

    Now Bibi is quoting the Old Testament to justify his genocidal attacks. Can incest and slavery be far behind?

  10. October 29, 2023 at 09:27

    Any one of us can make that decision at any time. Any policeman, any doctor, any lawyer, any priest, any politician, any commoner, any worker, any soldier, any officer, whenever and wherever any of us happen to be, can make the decision to do so, and we do need to.

  11. October 29, 2023 at 09:06

    Every time one of us decides to start rejecting the falsehoods presented to us, something snaps. The more that happens, the better, for all of us.

  12. Sam F
    October 29, 2023 at 07:51

    In addition to the bribes received from zionist corporations and persons, we can be very sure that much of the roughly $3.5 billion sent annually by the US to overprivileged Israel comes back to zionist US Dem-Rep politicians who favor Israel and block justice for Palestine.

    The US DOJ, FBI, “Homeland Security” and other agencies whose duty is to investigate and stop political racketeering refuse to do so at all levels including their OIGs, and claim non-existent “discretion” and “immunity” for collusion in racketeering crime stealing taxpayer funds for their political party. See Barth v. USG case 22-5338 in the DC Circuit court. The same judge who granted the FBI hundreds of unconstitutional FISA warrants without evidence simply rubberstamped their anti-constitutional excuses for political crime. We now have large-scale political racketeering across the entire federal government at all levels.

  13. Francis Lee
    October 29, 2023 at 05:19

    The massive popular turnout in London on Saturday was yet another political indicator of the tectonic shifts in the body politic. How long the political/media class can keep this going has become a rather moot exercise. It is rather like telling your naughty dog to stop barking. They just don’t get it, or rather they don’t want to get it, or at pains to be blind, deaf and dumb. And this is not just restricted to the British Parliament

    There comes a time when it is no longer possible for a creaking ship of state and its motley crew can no longer hold the fort. Mutinies are rare but at times. The Boston Tea Party or King Charles attempt to eject Cromwell and his co-conspirators from Parliament.

    ”I say that using force against the people, without authority, and contrary put into the trust put in him that does so, is a state of war with the people, who have a right to reinstate their legislative in the exercise of their power … have a right to remove it by force.” John Locke, Two Treatises on Government 1690

  14. Valerie
    October 29, 2023 at 04:00

    “The strange thing is, the BBC and The Guardian, and nearly the entire rest of the MSM, pump out their propaganda as though we have no other access to information or understanding of what is happening.”

    Unfortunately a vast amount of people do not access information from other sources. In fact i doubt they even know of their existence.

    “the idea that a “choice” between Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer offers any kind of democratic alternative is risible.”

    It’s worse than that. But i’m lost for an adjective.

    • Jams O'Donnell
      October 30, 2023 at 14:47

      “i’m lost for an adjective.”

      How about ‘organised crime’? – Too mild? Probably.

      ‘Cynical greedy authoritarian lying, greed, deception and Neo-fascist corruption’ – Getting there.

      ‘Pure evil’ – kind of hackneyed, but more or less sums it up.

      • Valerie
        October 30, 2023 at 17:36

        All relevant Jams. I’m leaning towards “decadent” now – moral decay.

  15. Carolyn L Zaremba
    October 29, 2023 at 01:47

    Tonight I watched a video of a man taking a little child’s legs out of a blanket and putting them on a clean, white sheet on the ground. Two little legs. I will have nightmares about this for a long time.

  16. Lois Gagnon
    October 28, 2023 at 19:24

    The powers that be are trying mightily to keep the lid on populations rising up against tyranny from the West to the rest. It’s too late. Too many people are beyond fed up with this criminal cabal flaunting its ability to rob, plunder and murder at will. The jig’s up. We have the power to shut this shit show down. Let’s do it!

  17. Robert
    October 28, 2023 at 17:50

    I remain hopeful that something good will come with the end of this conflict because there seems to be more vocal opposition to Israel’s bloody incursion into Gaza, and the heavy handedness of Israel’s words trying to justify killing children and non combatants. The head of the UN was surprisingly blunt in his demand for a cease fire and assessment of blame to both sides. Further, he did not back down the next day.

    Additionally, Saudi Arabia has reached out to China for assistance in a settlement process and I think China, and only China, has the clout needed to twist arms and do so skillfully. The major obstacle to peace is unchanged in 75 years. That would be our own USA. Until the Saudi’s, China, and the UN are able to sideline the USA from the table, negotiations probably will not yield results. I’m not a big fan of Trump but I’m confident a 2nd Trump Administration would be more prepared for this activity than his first Administration. Trump clearly is less inclined to go to war than any President in decades. And Biden is the worst of that group. Hope springs eternal.

    • October 29, 2023 at 14:56

      Trump is an uber Zionist, even worse than Biden. Daughter married into one of the core US Zionist families, he was the one who murdered Soleimani, talked about Israel fully claiming the Golan Heights, threw out the Iran nuclear deal, started the embassy move to Jerusalem etc. He is much more ready to go to war for his Zionist family and friends. His early mentor was Cohn, a Zionist.

      • JonnyJames
        October 29, 2023 at 15:26

        True, in addition to Roy Cohn: DT’s former paymaster and hero, Sheldon Adelson was also a hardcore racist, elitist Zionist. DT also appointed Elliott Abrams, Mike Pompeo, and John Bolton – some of the most bloodthirsty, neocon, right-wing authoritarians out there.

        Any attempt to believe that DT is somehow a “lesser evil” is the result of denial of facts, and a desperate population with no chance of “voting” against the interests of the oligarchy. Most people are still in the denial phase that. “The US is an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery”. It’s going to take much more honesty, effort and organizing to overcome the iron-grip of oligarchy – history seems very clear in that regard.

        • Robert
          October 30, 2023 at 07:45

          What both replies stated are true. The first Trump Administration did not have a good record on Israel/Palestine issues but I stay with my belief (hope) that a 2nd Trump Administration would be much better prepared to deal with the many neocons mentioned in the replies. I will also repeat that Trump is less inclined to go to war than recent Presidents and that the demented Biden (via Blinken, Sullivan, and Nuland) is by far the worst of that group. Our prospects for peace in the Middle East are much better with Trump than with a 2nd Biden Administration.

    • J Anthony
      October 30, 2023 at 07:50

      Don’t be fooled by one of the biggest conmen evee- Trump couldn’t care less. I don’t understand why people think this. During his term as POTUs bombs continued to drop in the ME everyday. He attempted to get into it with Iran by assassinating one of their generals. He’s shrewd enough to say what he thinks people want to hear and that’s it.

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