"The Daily Record's claims that Rangers bent the rules in order to win more competitions, dodged taxes to gain advantage and may still be guilty of cheating like fuck even today have been met with outrage and widespread criticism."
I'm just fucking with you there - that's actually the JC boiling with rage about Amnesty taking issue with Israeli soldiers shooting civilians, and I've messed with their prose*.
Isn't it odd though, that the tone is indistinguishable between a well-respected national news publication and some utter tool bleating about non-existent persecution on the internet?
Now, you and me both know how bizarre and unedifying it sounds when a nuclear power claims unfairness vis a vis a bunch of teenagers throwing rocks, but we're not talking about a sane situation here. We're talking about a Hiroshima-capable nation that has absolute military supremacy over all of its potential enemies, getting arsey with an NGO for mentioning some uncomfortable truths.
Unlike some, I'm actually quite open to the idea that Israel doesn't get a fair hearing in the press - everyone has biases and angles to push, after all, and certain (small and insignificant) sections of the UK media are entirely unreceptive to Israeli complaints.
Nonetheless, let's imagine a different scenario - one in which the Palestinians get three billion dollars' worth of free armaments a year plus the occasional shitty report from Amnesty, and the Israelis get the food parcels.
Which do you imagine the Israelis would rather have, I ask: a couple of critical Amnesty reports, or a fuckload of cutting-edge murder weapons? I suggest that the answer should allow us to reach some fairly significant conclusions.
I think we'd find out soon enough what is and is not fair; what does and doesn't represent bias. If the Palestinians were suddenly delivered a hi-tech air force and drone capability and so on, I think we'd start to hear quite quickly about actual unfairness and real terrible biases.
Which should surely put all of this Woe is us, a soldier can't even shoot a teenager for no sane reason without getting a lot of grief nonsense into perspective, I would've thought. But then, I am an arsey and biased person, like everyone else.
*Although as a connoiseur of both Israeli and Rangers FC boo-hoo, I have to tell you that they're basically interchangeable with only minor alterations - the UN standing in for the SFA, the Guardian/BBC in place of the Daily Record etc. and so on.