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

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

John of the dump

John Waters is not alone, I too spent my weekend sifting through the compost heap. Unearthing countless crumpled papers I happened upon a few gems.

In the wake of the Madrid bombings Mr. Waters wrote, "resolve is what is needed to safeguard our people from the evil without." The resolve was maintained. The evil without then struck in London.

Just prior to the invasion of Iraq Mr. Waters wrote, "The anti-war movement has draped itself in a moralistic piety predicated on the fate of Iraqi children" and "It is not just that he [Saddam] is known to possess a massive arsenal of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, but that he has shown a willingness to use these without mercy." Since then as many as 300,000 Iraqis have died, according to Lancet author Les Roberts.

Soon after the murders of 9/11 Mr. Waters wrote, "The United States is morally entitled to respond to these attacks." Then the US military invaded Afghanistan. Years later the response to this attack has produced no justice.

In 2003 John Waters wrote, "Those who deny a connection between Iraq and September 11th must dispose of both the explicit nature of this threat and the precision of its prophecy." No links between these two events were ever substantiated. Three years later Iraqis and coalition soldiers die on a daily basis, a proportion of these can be attributed to terrorists who entered Iraq as a result of the invasion said to cure the disease.

The logical conclusion is that compost is rarely a source of accurate information and neither is John Waters and increasingly the Irish Times.