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Last updated on June 6th, 2017 at 02:23 am
Peter FitzSimons’ Sunday Sun-Herald column isn’t online, so I’ve been forced to type the following myself. It’s an experience similar to retracing the footprints of a particularly clumsy hiker. Who is also perhaps blind. And who suffers Bell’s Palsy:
Readers misheard me last week when I noted that perhaps some of those hundreds of thousands of us who marched against the Iraq War could help kick in a little to help pay the massive fine for those blokes who painted “No War” on the Opera House – supporting their message, though definitely not their method. Those readers who misheard, thought that I said “I am a big galoot with a brain the size of a pea, and I deserve nothing more than your vitriolic abuse by all methods imaginable, so please fire at will.”
And they did, which was fair enough. I could only wish, however, that those readers’ legitimate concern for our own law and property, was reflected by just one-hundredth of their concern for the breach of international law which was the invasion of Iraq in the first place, and the subsequent massive destruction wrought upon so many of their buildings, factories, railway lines together with an estimated 100,000 civilian deaths.
FitzSimons is famously sensitive to criticism, which may be why his non-sport columns aren’t linkable. Just as well we’ve got substantial archives. And paint, to cover Fitzy’s house with charming peace messages.