July 14, 2004

TRAGIC EMPTINESS NOTED

Only a few weeks ago someone was seriously telling me that Peter Fray, The Ageís Europe correspondent, could be the paperís next editor. Just as well that bulletís been dodged. Hereís Frayís latest report:

"What I believe the assessed intelligence has established beyond doubt is that Saddam has continued to produce chemical and biological weapons... I am in no doubt that the threat is serious and current." - Tony Blair, foreword to the British Iraq dossier, September 2002.

How tragically empty these words now sound. No one in their right mind - not their official author or the spooks and minders who fed him the lines - would dare repeat them today. At least 11,000 dead Iraqi civilians deserve that much respect. After all is said and done, this wasn't a war we had to have.

What to do about such a fatal mistake? Surely someone is to blame? Surely someone has to pay?

Don't bank on it.

Posted by Tim Blair at July 14, 2004 09:30 AM
Comments

"At least 11,000 dead Iraqi civilians deserve that much respect. After all is said and done, this wasn't a war we had to have."

Yea moron only if you forget about the millions that Saddam killed. Have no clue only an agenda.

Posted by: jrdroll at July 14, 2004 at 10:25 AM

Ahh, the old 100000000000000000000000 children killed meme...

Posted by: goldsmith at July 14, 2004 at 10:37 AM

It's a good thing no Sarin turned up recently in Baghdad, or else Fray would be left looking a bit silly and out of touch.

Oh... wait a minute........ er....

Posted by: Wilbur at July 14, 2004 at 11:43 AM

Wilbur: Exactly! The world seems to be forgetting that a shell carrying 4 litres of sarin gas was used against US troops in Baghdad. Thankfully the "insurgents" didn't know how to use it correctly...
Maybe i'm going out on the edge here, but if some dirty terrorist scum managed to stumble upon a shell carrying sarin gas in the middle of Iraq, i'm willing to bet Saddam had a WMD program going on.

Posted by: madne0 at July 14, 2004 at 12:04 PM

11,000 dead Iraqi civilians must surely include the left's cherished "insurgents" and "militants" and "Minute Men". Of which there were several thousand, I believe --- not all of them Iraqi, I might add.

Wars get fought and innocent people lose their lives. It's a fact of life since the caves. To listen to people like Mr. Fray is to believe that humans never lived in caves.

Posted by: Rebecca at July 14, 2004 at 01:05 PM

I think it is our collective duty to advise Bush/Blair/Howard that sarin gas shells (possibly stolen from the Baghdad Museum by outside elements linked to Al Qaida)found in Iraq do constitute WMD and therefore they should cease trying to cover their arses.
So, back to the scoresheet:
Saddam was bad and we did a good thing (yes)
WMD? (yes)
Terrorists? (now, yes)
Democracy (don't hold your breath, and do we care?)
Oil (yes)


Posted by: carlos at July 14, 2004 at 01:27 PM

Don't tell me you guys actually believe the reports about the sarin gas??!! Why, if sarin was found at all, it was probably planted by the CIA or US troops. Also, if gas were to be found in bombs, it would just be placed there for safe keeping til after the war. There is *obviously* no military use for sarin gas filled bombs.

Nothing to see here, move along.

/sarcasm

I'm so very tired of news reports that deny the reality of what has been found, keep insisting we've all been lied to, and keep bringing up the thousands of dead Iraqi civilians. At least they could think of something more original so their articles wouldn't seem as out of touch with reality as they are.

Posted by: Chris Josephson at July 14, 2004 at 02:54 PM

Democracy (don't hold your breath, and do we care?)

It's pretty obvious that you never did.

Posted by: Sortelli at July 14, 2004 at 04:29 PM

(possibly stolen from the Baghdad Museum by outside elements linked to Al Qaida)

... wait a minute, are you being serious here, Carlos? Really? Does it hurt to be that stupid?

Posted by: Sortelli at July 14, 2004 at 04:32 PM

His report effectively killed off the corporation's top two executives and the offending reporter. Not that he was wrong to do so.

Gosh, that's a pretty harsh approach to the media.

Posted by: Andjam at July 14, 2004 at 05:17 PM

Democracy (don't hold your breath, and do we care?)

This, children, is what we call "projection".

Posted by: Quentin George at July 14, 2004 at 05:41 PM

Look, Quentin, it's not like it matters because the WMD were locked up safely in the Baghdad Museum before those crazy Americans threw the doors open for terrorists and looters.

Man! If only Blix had known to look in the museum we could have avoided this costly war and the Iraqis would be safely oppressed to this day.

Posted by: Sortelli at July 14, 2004 at 05:44 PM

Ooops. Sorry I forgot to put "sarcasm" before signing off. (jeeez, I thought it was obvious....)

Posted by: carlos at July 14, 2004 at 06:21 PM

Look this article IS SO IMPORTANT !
please read it as it concerns the mess we are getting into through PC leftoids in Australia.
LEFT ME BREATHLESS !
For those who know what "la tournante" is, believe me it is just the tip of the iceberg.

Slighty off topic -agreed i mentioned it yesterday and has just now been taken up by lgf.
http://www.quadrant.org.au/php/archive_details_list.php?article_id=581

Posted by: davo at July 14, 2004 at 08:18 PM