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The Globe & Mail’s Ken Wiwa ponders the Pentagon’s response to newly-released old photos from Abu Ghraib:

While the Pentagon was arguing the semantics of how this would play out for the security of U.S. soldiers in Iraq, a bunch of British soldiers were mercilessly beating the living daylights out of Iraqi youths on the streets of Basra, adding more fuel to the anti-Western fire.

Wrong. Those vicious beatings took place more than two years ago. Ever notice how opponents of the war don’t pay very close attention to, you know, the war? For example, that bunch of anti-war Kerry supporters Tim Dunlop met in Washington in 2004, not one of whom knew anything about Australia’s involvement?

You’d need a Fisk-level detachment from events to maintain that sort of ignorance. Fisk is shortly due to visit Australia (again); turn up at his speaking engagements to have these pieces by Efraim KarshScott Burgess, and Amir Taheri autographed.

Posted by Tim B. on 02/18/2006 at 02:11 PM
    1. Is expecting the Left to keep their facts straight too much to ask? Apparently, since they seem to be making it up as they go…

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2006 02 18 at 02:26 PM • permalink


    1. Hey, it’s hard enough for them to keep the delusions and reality straight, getting the timelines correct as well just isn’t in the cards.

      Besides, everybody knows the Chimpler has been (P)Resident since time immemorial, so it hardly matters when each of his crimes against humanity happened.

      Posted by PW on 2006 02 18 at 02:40 PM • permalink


    1. Ever notice how opponents of the war don’t pay very close attention to, you know, the war?

      They appear to have the same problems with temporal relationships and cause-and-effect as the Islamists.

      Posted by Rob Crawford on 2006 02 18 at 04:29 PM • permalink


    1. I have spent a lot of time in the Peaceable Kingdom in recent years, being wed to a lady from those northern climes. Wiwa would be considered too progressive for Green Left Weekly down our way.

      Wonder if the election of Harper is a sign that a once great country is turning un peu a la droit, mais je ne holdez pas mon breath.


      Posted by Rod C on 2006 02 18 at 04:57 PM • permalink


    1. Almost makes you think they’re working for the other side, doesn’t it?

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 02 18 at 07:45 PM • permalink


    1. Almost makes you think they’re working for the other side, doesn’t it?

      The less charitable interpretation would be that many of them are too stupid to recognize the sides in the conflict (or that there aresides, even).

      I usually try hard to respect those with a different opinion, and not assume they’re simply too stupid to comprehend the issue at hand. But when the alternative is that they’re actually malicious, well…I’m sure glad I’m not a lefty these days, it’s kinda hard to decide whether I’d rather be thought of as stupid or as traitorous.

      Posted by PW on 2006 02 18 at 07:53 PM • permalink


    1. The image of a forst of trees comes to mind, all sawn off neatly at the base, held up by weight of numbers and inter-twined branches.

      They also get a leg up from the stupidity and lack of serious purpose (beyond drinking) of organised Liberals at the level of uni clubs, the Young Libs and much of the state Liberal parties branch network.

      Posted by Rafe on 2006 02 18 at 08:52 PM • permalink


    1. Commercial news mentioned before showing footage of the British troops beating Iraqis…..that these victims had previously attacked those British soldiers 67 times.
      They attacked with rocks,sticks,shoulder mounted rocket launchers etc etc.
      ABC and zbz forgot to mention that.
      Apparently the “voiceover” was added after and bore no relation to what was happening at the time.
      Apparently the Brits,who most regrettably finally lost it, could have injured these people much more severely or killed them,but didn’t.

      Posted by crash on 2006 02 19 at 09:45 AM • permalink


    1. o/t the Growler has returned, that’s a nice shade of gray she’s attired in but the dress wasn’t finished. They forgot the neckline again.
      Damme why don’t we club together and buy the gal some glad rags that will do sbs proud.
      Special doesn’t have to mean impoverished or is it a badge of honour. The red badge…
      While we’re at it we’ll throw in some Botox for Kezza just to show we got no hard feelings.

      Posted by crash on 2006 02 19 at 09:56 AM • permalink


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