August 29, 2003

WHY THE RIGHT IS LOSING

Those inventive peaceniks and their fiendish tactics. First there were nude protests. Then they painted the Sydney Opera House. Later, human shields went to Iraq. Is it any wonder the peace movement so convincingly defeated pro-war voices in the battle for public opinion?

And they havenít stopped yet. In fact, their latest ploy might be the most successful yet:

A man climbed onto the roof of the US Embassy in Paris today and threw copies of his pacifist poems to the ground before he was taken down by firefighters.

The man threw copies of a pacifist poem and a song that listed his name as Herve Couson. The writings did not mention the United States directly, but one had a photo of Couson holding a US flag. The song called for an end to "all these wars".

I give up. How do we counter this level of genius?

Posted by Tim Blair at August 29, 2003 03:21 AM
Comments

Maybe removing 3/4's of your brain might give you some insights?

Posted by: Rick T. at August 29, 2003 at 03:31 AM

Hi Tim,

Well, if I was in a debate with some guy who gets up and argues that the war was wrong (and hence, we should have left with Saddam and his regime in power indefinitely), my likely reply would be to tear up my notes and leave early.

I mean, if they've just got up there and defended one of the world's worst dictators, why would I bother. In 9 out of 10 cases I reckon at least half the audience would be LAUGHING at such arguement....the obvious exceptions being at Independent Film Festivals and various trendy "Ideas Festivals".

Posted by: Richard at August 29, 2003 at 03:35 AM

er, how did he get anywhere near the embassy? was he the ambassador...

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at August 29, 2003 at 04:03 AM

I myself strongly favored the military action in Iraq until several anti-war protesters stopped traffic and defecated on the public sidewalks in San Francisco. After that, I realized the war was unjust and have become a peacenik.

Posted by: BushisworsethanHitlerSatanandKennyG at August 29, 2003 at 07:31 AM

So...why did they get him down?

Posted by: ErikZ at August 29, 2003 at 10:35 AM

Inane self indulgent poetry is a powerful weapon- I have heard that Rod McKuen was used as an instrument of terror in Korea, and one of his turgid odes was responsible for an entire division of Chinese regulars pulling their own heads off rather than having to hear the second quatrain.
The main reason the Berlin Wall was knocked down was so the Stassi could pull down speakers broadcasting Leonard Cohen verse 24 hours a day- had it kept up, the entire population of East Berlin would have swallowed artichokes grown next to Chernobyl.
POETRY KILLS!!

Posted by: Habib Bickford at August 29, 2003 at 12:00 PM

Earlier this year, I walked past an anti-war rally. The crowd were all shouting out:

1, 2, 3, 4, We don't want this crazy war!
5, 6, 7, 8, We will not co-operate!

Which set me thinking: why not make up some new anti-war lyrics?

1, 2, 3, 4, we don't want this crazy war!
5, 6, 7, 8, let's all go and masturbate!

1, 2, 3, 4, why are we shouting? I'm not sure!
5, 6, 7, 8, George Bush is bad - Saddam is great!

Ummm... if I go on like that, I think I'll embarass myself. Anybody like to add a few?

Posted by: TimT at August 29, 2003 at 12:34 PM

"How do we counter this level of genius?"

Try an AM DSR-No.1 in .338 Lapua Mag. with Nikko 6-24*42 Sniper riflescope firing a 300-grain HPBT projectile with a muzzle velocity of 2700 fps; and a muzzle energy of 4857 ft lbs.

Posted by: BruceT at August 29, 2003 at 01:34 PM

1,2,3,4- we all love Mikey Moore!
5,6,7,8- this gibberish-please ignore!

1,2,3,4- this has made my throat sore!
5,6,7,8- I've got my head up my date!

Posted by: Habib Bickford at August 29, 2003 at 01:36 PM

"Authorities suspect alcohol may have been involved."

Posted by: Jerry at August 29, 2003 at 01:57 PM

1-2-3-4 My Mum's a bargain-basement whore!
5-6-7-8 My sister's skill is to felate!

1-2-3-4 Please slam my head into a door!
5-6-7-8 Did I mention Mum's cheap rate?!

1-2-3-4 Sitting home was such a bore!
5-6-7-8 Now I've made a hairy mate!

Posted by: Jake D at August 29, 2003 at 03:05 PM

You are a cruel man, BruceT. Cruel, but fair.

Posted by: Katherine at August 29, 2003 at 03:49 PM

1, 2, 3, 4, I lost my testies at the door!
5, 6, 7, 8, I left my brains behind the gate!

Posted by: TimT at August 29, 2003 at 05:01 PM

I made my own nude protest in favour of the war. I restricted myself to the kitchen and living-room. Eventually the wife and kids threatened to poke me with sharp sticks if I didn't put my clothes back on. Fascists!

Posted by: AJH at August 29, 2003 at 05:06 PM

"Try an AM DSR-No.1 in .338 Lapua Mag. with Nikko 6-24*42 Sniper riflescope firing a 300-grain HPBT projectile with a muzzle velocity of 2700 fps; and a muzzle energy of 4857 ft lbs.

Jeebus, that's pornographically detailed. You gotta stop reading 'Solider Of Fortune' with one hand. And it's a dumb solution too.

I was once in a situation where we had get some protestors off our roof. We were about to call the cops when someone said, "nah, janitor and firehose."

Worked a treat.Humilation without martyrdom.

Posted by: Elitism For The People at August 29, 2003 at 11:27 PM

We still have an embassy in Paris? WTF?!?

Posted by: BH at August 30, 2003 at 01:52 AM

So that is what Bob Dylan is up to lately?

"How many of all these wars must we have until all these wars are....ummmmm...no mores".

Posted by: Darlene at August 30, 2003 at 04:53 PM