Monday, October 28, 2002

Phillip Adams maintains his perfect record; it is now two weeks and two columns without a single mention of The Bali attacks.

I know that the Sari Club would not have been a place fit for Adams to be seen in, and the clientele well below his standards. It’s likely that he harboured a deep distaste for that much sweaty hoi-polloi in too close a space. And there’s little doubt he will approve of a less vulgar tourism trade to Bali.

On the agenda today is a series of quotes about war. In the absence of alternate viewpoints, I can only assume that Phil cannot see support the concept of the Just War. Surprisingly for one so skilled at arguing the cause of atheism, he quotes Thomas Aquinas, God and Jesus to back his claims. Likewise Hitler and Khrushchev are cited.

Pity he couldn’t stretch himself to give a coherent reason for not going to war, in the particular case of Iraq, or the general case. All his epigrams point up the blinding obvious, that war is a terrible, dirty thing. That people get hurt and die.

Thanks for that Phil. Without you, we might never have known it. Somehow, we might have been able to avoid endless “quagmire” columns, droning “give peace a chance” advocates, whiny “ooooiiiillll” screeds and deranged “what did they know?” theories. All telling us the same bloody thing over and over and over: no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war.

And at the end of it, you’re no closer to a way forward than you were at the start.

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