May 19, 2004


Reader IXLNXS writes:

Invading Iraq for one shell of outdated sarin gas equates to the local police kicking in your door and shooting your family because your supposedly have a huge weapons cache, and they end up finding a pistol.

Lets wait and see what else develops of this before the "Mission Accomplished" banner unveils shall we.

And reader CurrencyLad responds:

Your analogy should run like this:

Three of that family's neighbours had been shot at by the householder concerned. The Kurdish neighbours down the street had been poisoned to death. The police issued operational commands for the household to be lawfully raded by SWAT unless the madman came out peacefully. Affadavits had been signed by most of the local citizens attesting to the relevant crimes.

The miscreant householder didn't come out with his hands up. A few of the neighbours were being bribed to look the other way, as were a few police officers. Fearful for their well being, some of the neighbours facilitated the rading of the house by a coalition of security firms. The madman was removed.

Doesn't even really matter whether or not they found weapons in the manhole or the basement. As it happens, they found a few. Kurdish neighbours will not be slaughtered again, others will not be burgled again. Madman's children will not be abused again.

Mission goddam accomplished.

By the way. this brief return to blogging is made possible by various happy money-related factors. Many thanks to all who’ve donated in recent days; an actual Pledge Drive is planned for later in the year. Sydney readers are invited to purchase a copy of today’s Daily Telegraph, in which I make several observations on the subject of Michael Moore’s new film.

Due to space limitations, the word “fat” appears only once.

Posted by Tim Blair at May 19, 2004 04:27 AM

Click here to see Michael Moore enjoying the attention of one of his many French fans while his film is being hailed at the Cannes Film Festival.

Posted by: BC at May 19, 2004 at 04:50 AM

Sorry, Michael can be found here .

Posted by: BC at May 19, 2004 at 04:55 AM


Posted by: Andrea Harris at May 19, 2004 at 10:01 AM


when you have the pledge drive, I would be happy to donate the money I used to spend on acrikey subscription before it became.......(insert own comment here)

Posted by: nic at May 19, 2004 at 10:51 AM

Why Michael- have you lost weight? You look great! Kissy kissy!

Posted by: Habib at May 19, 2004 at 11:35 AM

I share nic's sentiments. My own Crikey subscription finished when it became apparent that supping on your own bathwater was de rigeur at that institution.

Posted by: Fool to Himself & Burden to Others at May 19, 2004 at 01:15 PM

Good onya, Currency Lad. That 'local police kicking down your door' analogy, and others('bullies in the schoolyard' is a popular variation) has been used once too many times and it's about time somebody came up with a response.

Posted by: TimT at May 19, 2004 at 05:19 PM

Is everybody else an ex-Crikey subscriber?

Posted by: PeterB at May 20, 2004 at 09:24 AM

Dunno what Crikey is.

Welcome back, Tim. It sure seemed like a month.

Posted by: Rebecca at May 20, 2004 at 10:18 AM

Hey tim, are there any online links to your article from yesterday?

Posted by: RhikoR at May 20, 2004 at 12:56 PM

Crikey is a online political opinion journal which runs all the gossipy spurious political and business tidbits via it's supposed Liberal Party insider Hilary Bray. It is a poor excuse for factual events and leaves Michael Moore's lies and fabrications for dead in it's wake. I long ago ceased my subscription to it when it began shitting in it's own backyard.

Posted by: Greg at May 21, 2004 at 12:14 AM

Dude! You quoted me. I'm so proud.

Of course I was the bad example, but hey a quotes a quote.

Posted by: IXLNXS at May 21, 2004 at 03:17 AM

So that's all you want, IXLSTXLX? Attention?

How sad.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at May 23, 2004 at 11:38 AM