July 19, 2003


Tony Parkinson continues using reason and sense in his campaign to alienate Melbourne Age readers:

Critics of military intervention in Iraq got much of their pre-war intelligence wrong. The 250,000 deaths predicted did not happen. Nor the refugee crisis. Nor the cholera epidemic. Baghdad did not become a replay of Stalingrad, nor was the Arab world set aflame.

To make this point is not to accuse opponents of the war of lies, deception or propaganda. Doubtless, many of these same people would be greatly relieved that some of the more exaggerated pre-war fears were to prove unfounded.

For others, however, the war over Iraq is far from over. Just as Saddam's "bitter-enders" are mounting a ferocious guerilla campaign against US forces in an effort to sabotage moves towards economic reconstruction and political reform, so too are revisionists on the march in the US, Britain and Australia. Their aim? To discredit the war in Iraq as unjustified and immoral.

Posted by Tim Blair at July 19, 2003 01:31 PM

Of course the anti-war crowd only care about 3,000 Iraqis killed in the removal of Saddam's regime- whereas the millions killed, maimed and impoverished by Saddam are irrelevant.

They can all kiss my sexual organ (warning: ask-imam link)

Posted by: Random_Prose at July 19, 2003 at 04:55 PM

I just discovered that one of my favourite computing columnists, Mike Swaine, has a website (www.swaine.com). Scrolling through the various links and comments, and suddenly I come to page after page of moonbattery about the 16 Words.

I don't understand how otherwise intelligent people can think like this.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at July 19, 2003 at 10:55 PM

They don't even care about the 3000.

As a group they soiled themselves mightily by insisting Saddam be able to continue his murderous ways unmolested, and they know it. All they care about now is doing anything which will restore their delusion that they are moral individuals.

All they're doing in sinking to even lower depths, something I had previously thought was impossible.

Posted by: Geoff at July 19, 2003 at 11:10 PM

Quote from Geoff:

"All they care about now is doing anything which will restore their delusion that they are moral individuals."

Agreed. They don't bother to wonder how they could have been so wrong with their previous theories (quagmire, another Stalingrad,etc.). To do so would require too much thought and self-reflection.

People who are absolutey convinced they are always right, despite evidence to the contrary, never have to worry about facts anyway. It's what they *feel* and *just know/believe* that counts.

They *just know* Blair, Bush, and Howard are evil. They must convince all of us on this. If one accusation won't stick, keep trying others and don't bother them with the facts.

It's good to know there are people willing to oppose such nonsense. I know they must pay a price for telling the truth. Thank God (really) there are people willing to do this.

Posted by: Chris Josephson at July 20, 2003 at 04:52 AM

Not happy in Iraq

Posted by: ralph at July 20, 2003 at 07:16 AM

Aw, c'mon Tim...you're just doing that "leading with your glass jaw" thing again. Several more 'Murikan boys have been slain in Iraq since the beginning of April than have died in Washington, D.C. (population 1/40th of Iraq's) over the same time span, so of course all the constituents of the world's tyrannies are correct, and you take a ten-count.

That's how this works.


Posted by: Rick Reed at July 20, 2003 at 02:42 PM

Of course, Tony doesn't like to talk about all the unfounded pro-war stuff he trumpeted in the Age at the time... much of which was debunked by the same edition of the paper he appeared in. Which must have hurt.

Speaking of revisionism, I notice Tony has revised what they're looking for as well.

Posted by: Bon Scott at July 20, 2003 at 10:56 PM