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Attila the Pun
Friday, April 23, 2004
 
Daddy, whats a tosser?

David Campbell is trying to bring the debate over Iraq down to a level which he can understand - by pretending to answer questions from his child. If my memory serves me correctly, Hugh McKay or similar tried this same line a while, and it was just as embarassing then as it is now.

Witness David's amazing rhetorical abilities! Marvel at the way he uses the innocence of child to highlight our own wickedness! Be sickened at his blatant moral equivalency!

First he equates the ultimatum given to Saddam to disarm and crucially (the bit that anti-war types always ignore) *prove* he had disarmed, with the kidnapping and blackmail of civilian contractors in Iraq. A perfectly logical comparison you would have thought, seeing as those contractors had previously used chemical weapons and invaded a neighbouring country. Oh, wait.

But the worst bit is when the imaginary child asks "Is it a better place?". His response:

I suppose so, but I don't know for sure. Innocent people are still being killed and these kidnappings are terrible things. I feel very sorry for the families of those poor hostages, but we simply can't give in to terrorists. We must stand firm.

Yes - innocent people are being killed, and are being kidnapped. By the Coalition? Nope - by the 'insurgents' whom David seems to have such a softy spot for. The fact that people are even willing to consider the idea that Iraq may have been better off under Saddam is truly disgraceful.

David's persuasive skills seem to have been copied from a young child. A question is asked, an answer given, then the main point of the answer is ignored in order to ask a different question. Read it yourself and see.

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