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Attila the Pun
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
 
Phil stinks up the place

Who would have ever thought that Phillip Adams would jump on the "London deserved to be bombed" bandwagon?

Actually, I don't even need to paraphrase his position - the headline of his vile article is "Britain had this coming" Hear that Susan Levy? Phillip Adams thinks you deserved to die.

I struggle to express how angry this makes me. That someone could write this filfth at all is pretty disturbing, but to think that it appears in a national broadsheet, and that we pay him to host a weekly radio show, is even worse.

He attempts to justify this by suggesting that around 60 people will die in Iraq today, around 20 will be kidnapped, and then ludicrously claims that such events in Baghdad won't be reported in the Australian media. Have you opened a newspaper or listened to your ABC in the last couple of years Phil?

Then we get the "yes, but" approach:

Yes, what happened last week in London was appalling. But it happens every day in Iraq.

Not content with downplaying the outrage in London, he then seeks to *defend* Saddam's regime:

Things were crook before but have been far worse since.

Gassing Kurds was "crook"? Any by what measure are they worse?

Pinned down by sanctions, inspections and fly-overs, still licking his wounds from the 1991 Gulf War, Saddam Hussein's greatest crimes were long behind him.

Well that's okay then. Forgive and forget I say.

The mass graves were history.

And you would prefer them consigned to the dustbin of history too wouldn't you Phil?

Unlike those humdrum bombings in Baghdad, the slaughter in London was big news. And let's be clear about it: the people who died in the subway tunnels and on the bus were victims of the Iraq war. They died because of Blair's London Bridge, the one he built from the Thames to the Euphrates.

No Phillip - lets be clear about it. Those people died because an unknown number of people detonated 4 explosive devices on three trains and a bus.

Had he not misled his nation into that murderous folly of an invasion, the people would have walked off the trains instead of being carried off on stretchers. Or had their body parts collected in bags.

Amazing that he knows the minds of the murderers so well. He knows that if it weren't for Iraq, this never would have happened. He knows that these scum wouldn't have just picked a different grievance - like Afghanistan or support for Israel. Amazing.

Blair's response? The same rhetoric, the same mock-heroics, a renewed commitment to the political and strategic idiocy of George W. Bush. You can hear his spin doctors thinking: "If we play this right, we'll improve in the polls."

Whereas we don't need to be mindreaders to hear Phillip use it to score political points - he has written it down for us.

And everyone, most of all Howard and Alexander Downer, knows this is twaddle. The selection of targets is largely based on involvement in, and enthusiasm for, Bush's new world order.

Only largely based? Weren't you just telling us that if it weren't for Iraq, and Iraq only, then the London bombings would never have happened?

The great divide between those who supported the invasion of Iraq and those of us who opposed it is as wide as ever. We seem to live in different universes, with both sides using the London bombings to support their positions.

Here, finally, he admits that he is "using" the murder of 50 people to support his position against the Iraq war. Don't accuse me of the same thing as you Phillip. Don't even dare.

UPDATE

Christopher Hitchens provides a list of reasons why Britain had it coming:

The grievance of seeing unveiled women. The grievance of the existence, not of the State of Israel, but of the Jewish people. The grievance of the heresy of democracy, which impedes the imposition of sharia law. The grievance of a work of fiction written by an Indian living in London. The grievance of the existence of black African Muslim farmers, who won't abandon lands in Darfur. The grievance of the existence of homosexuals. The grievance of music, and of most representational art. The grievance of the existence of Hinduism. The grievance of East Timor's liberation from Indonesian rule. All of these have been proclaimed as a licence to kill infidels or apostates, or anyone who just gets in the way.

And even has words for Phil and his ilk:

I know perfectly well there are people thinking, and even saying, that Tony Blair brought this upon us by his alliance with George Bush.

A word of advice to them: try and keep it down, will you? Or wait at least until the funerals are over. And beware of the non-sequitur: you can be as opposed to the Iraq operation as much as you like, but you can't get from that "grievance" to the detonating of explosives at rush hour on London buses and tubes.

Don't even try to connect the two. By George Galloway's logic, British squaddies in Iraq are the root cause of dead bodies at home. How can anyone bear to be so wicked and stupid? How can anyone bear to act as a megaphone for psychotic killers?

Good question - do you have any answer Phillip?

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