April 23, 2004


Conspiracy merchant Tony Kevin runs a semi-literate eye over Bob Woodward’s new book, and announces:

It appears that our SAS was the first coalition force to take up arms inside Iraq.

Tony? We knew this a whole year ago.

Posted by Tim Blair at April 23, 2004 05:12 AM

That is what they are for!

Posted by: Peter UK at April 23, 2004 at 06:21 AM

Your forces have been extraordinary- their operations pivotal, heroic, and largely unsung.
And all I have done since learning of their brave exploits is buy Australian wine. What can an American do to show appreciation? Do you suggest we write Howard and do you have an address?

P.S . I can't knit socks
P.P.S. The wine is passable enough

Posted by: c at April 23, 2004 at 08:38 AM

Since the USAF and RAF had been bombing various targets on-and-off in the No Fly Zone for about twelve years, I'd say they beat us to the punch.

c: You can, in theory, send the PM a message using a web-based form at http://www.pm.gov.au/email.cfm. Realistically though, the chances of anyone other than an assistant assistant deputy assistant reading it are pretty slim. You can have far more impact, I'm sure, if you write a Letter to the Editor of one of the big newspapers. Try:

The Sydney Morning Herald: smh.com.au
The Age: theage.com.au
The Australian: theaustralian.com.au

Posted by: Jorge at April 23, 2004 at 10:38 AM

Thanks, Jorge. Will try them all. (And you're right about the Brits and us Yankees. I'll send letters of support to England when I'm over how their Immigration officials behaved recently in a personal incident. England has been in it for the long-haul- a true commitment of force and heart.

But they have no wine for us to buy---)

Posted by: c at April 23, 2004 at 11:25 AM

"and obviously the insertion had been planned well beforehand"

Really? You mean the Army may have been planning an attack prior to troops actually being inserted?? Thats outrageous. They probably gave the SAS information on where Iraqi troops were as well - which would have allowed them to avoid them or KILL THEM!!! They may even have had maps as well, and possible logistical support - all of which was in place BEFORE the end of the ultimatum. This demands a royal commission!!

Being a moonbat for a day is fun.

Posted by: attila at April 23, 2004 at 12:23 PM

John Howard lied!!

So he should have. You don't want the enemy knowing your troops are in Iraq so they can go looking for them.

I dare say Kevin Tony has never been in the army.

Posted by: Mike Hunt at April 23, 2004 at 12:59 PM

No-one takes seriously the legion of failed ex-diplomats like Kevin, the Broinowskis, Rudd, etc - all bitter and twisted at being passed over and forgotten. Just call them the detritus of history.

Posted by: Freddyboy at April 23, 2004 at 01:15 PM

Yes, old news but it does bear repeating: Well done, Diggers!

Posted by: JDB at April 23, 2004 at 02:46 PM