July 06, 2003


Isn’t the whole “Bush is a fundamentalist psychopath” notion getting a little old? Hugh Mackay doesn’t think so:

Somehow, Bush manages to balance his reputation as the most belligerent president the US has ever produced with his claim to be a born-again Christian ...

Logically, blowing everyone up is the only certain way of ridding the world of terrorists, despots and other assorted riffraff who don't happen to share the American dream.

You can imagine a Bush clone of the future, addressing the world via an international TV hook-up: "We've run out of patience. Today's the day. The Christians will go straight to heaven - the rest of you will just have to take your chances. Goodbye and God bless." Bang!

It says a lot about Hugh Mackay that his vision of the future includes such marvels as "an international TV hook-up".

UPDATE. Wilbur has more on the moron.

Posted by Tim Blair at July 6, 2003 05:38 AM

It says even more about Hugh McKay that, at a time when radical Muslims are blowing themselves and others up on a regular basis, he thinks CHRISTIANS are the suicidal fanatics.

Posted by: Damian P. at July 6, 2003 at 05:44 AM

Hugh McKay should read this - I don't think the real right wing christians are very fond of Bush either, but at least they concede that he's probably not the anti-christ.


Posted by: wen at July 6, 2003 at 08:24 AM

Typical leftist hyperbole...."BLowing everybody up" is a tactic of another religion, Mackey.

Posted by: debbie at July 6, 2003 at 10:09 AM

"...the most belligerent president..."

Say what?

Compared to McKinley, or Tyler? or Andy Jackson? or Jefferson?

It says a lot about McKay that he thinks Bush is atypically "belligerent" for a US president.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at July 6, 2003 at 12:03 PM

The more I read this kind of stuff, the more convinced I am that many champions of the polititical left in Australia are becoming increasingly delusional. The same thing seems to be happening in the US as well.

One small factoid - deferral of some local elections - is expanded into a universe of prejudiced interpretation and almost hysterical tirade. All peppered with liberal doses of phrases like "it is clear" etc. Sorry Hugh, but it is far from clear - except in your own imagination.

Yes, remaining hard core Baathist elements are certainly causing problems in Iraq and delaying the work of reconstruction. That was anticipated, although the extent of the problem was uncertain. Despite what Mackay thinks, the coalition forces on the ground who actually did the fighting and are now trying to ensure the peace hardly need reminding "that not every Iraqi welcomed the occupation with unalloyed joy". A whole leadership elite and its supporters were toppled from positions of power, influence and benefit.

However, Mackay's implication that all "Iraqis" (they are all the same, you know) are critical of their "so-called liberators" (sneer quotes included, of course) is way off the mark. There are vastly many more Iraqis involved in the work of reconstruction than there are working against it.

And after Iraq, of course, Mackay proceeds to outer space - in more ways than one. Left wingers like Mackay have a much bigger problem here than they realise. As long as they keep thinking and talking this way, they will continue to sound strident, unreasonable and out of touch with reality. It is like they have been maddened by the pain of getting it all badly wrong and losing control of the political agenda. Blind hatred of Howard and Bush is sending them quite loopy.

In other words, they are condemning themselves to politial irrelevancy and not denting John Howard or George Bush one little bit.


Posted by: Bob Bunnett at July 6, 2003 at 12:47 PM

Harebrained Hugh has lost the plot.

Posted by: Azza at July 6, 2003 at 01:31 PM

Mackay has really gone off the deep end with his latest column. I've been blogging about his dropping bombs from space fantasy- as it happens, he doesn't have a clue what he's talking about.....

I still wonder how any newspaper can give someone so weird a job.

Posted by: wilbur at July 6, 2003 at 02:14 PM

Right on, SDB! My first thought was, "My God! Has he never heard of 'Old Hickory'?"

Posted by: CGeib at July 6, 2003 at 05:35 PM

Funny that the left is sympathetic towards Islam, but vehemently opposes Christianity. Have a look around the World and ask yourself which religion tends towards freedom and prosperity, and which normally corresponds with oppression and poverty.

Posted by: Random_Prose at July 6, 2003 at 07:14 PM

From some odd reason that I am not completetly sure of Christianty and socialisms have difficulty coexsisting for example the more socialist Europe becomes the less Christian it has become, to the point of being called post-Christian. Islam, however, seems to fit into the socialist mindset rather comfortably.

As far a Mackay is concerned:

"Those were the nonsensicle ravings of a
lunatic mind!"
-Young Frankenstein

Posted by: D2D at July 7, 2003 at 12:03 AM

So, how is it that MacKay can, on the one hand, demonise Bush as a warmongering lunatic who is bent on anhiliating the entire world based on his intention to keep the US forces in Iraq indefinately and IN THE VERY SAME ARTICLE attack Howard's decision to not participate in reconstruction, stating "what grotesque ethic inspired Howard's assertion that our responsibility ended with the military invasion?"

Posted by: Sean at July 7, 2003 at 05:47 AM

Phil Adams, I don't mind - I can handle the ocassional piece of alliteration and his intemperate socialist rants - he ocasionally has interesting things to say. Even Andrew Bolt had a few kind words about him a few weeks ago!
But Hugh Mackay - now THAT man is a menace to society. If there's anything worse than a full blown Phillip Adams rant, it's a full blown Hugh Mackay rant, complete with woozy statistics and hair-brained references to how racist ordinary Australians are. He'd be dangerous, if he wasn't so illogical.

Posted by: TimT at July 7, 2003 at 11:09 AM