"Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons." Bertrand Russell

Monday, May 02, 2005

Steyn in 'the mob'?

Does Mark Steyn realise that although he may be right in saying "There are millions of Americans who take the view that there's no such thing as a bad reason to whack Saddam." Saddam remains well and truely alive, while over 100,000 Iraqis and several thousand coalition troops suffered said 'whacking'.

I recently watched a documentary about the common fear that seems to have been instilled into many people, through film and word of mouth, about the dangers of sharks, in particular for the 'Great White'. Narrated by a women that has spent her life working with sharks, who often brings people to see witness these impressive mammals in their natural environment. She has noticed a common trait in every visitor, a profound insecurity resulting from the realisation that they are insignificant in the eyes of a hungry shark. Their humanity does not exist in the reasoning of this beast, and that is a hard thing to grasp.

In the eyes of the great American war machine, itself with a form of hunger, can the humanity of the Iraqi people really exist? Obviously not in the writing of Mr. Steyn anyway.

Response to:

Blair has paid much higher price for Iraq war than Bush
Mark Steyn

Opinion After the last British election, the nickname-crazed George W Bush took to calling Tony Blair "Landslide". He might have to come up with an alternative term of endearment by the time this Thursday's results are in, writes Mark Steyn.

Readers may recall that last year I predicted Mr Bush would be re-elected and bet my column in these pages on the result. Somewhere along the way I also threw in that all three doughty warriors of the Anglosphere - Bush, Blair and Australia's John Howard - would be returned to office. Two down, and on Thursday Triumphant Tony will win - or, to be punctiliously parliamentary, the Labour Party will win. But it's the ever wider chasm between the two - between the Colossus of Mesopotamia and a party base that's either antipathetic or hostile to him - that's given this election its principal dynamic.


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