Friday, August 04, 2006

Tony and his detractors

Our Dear Leader has made a "landmark" speech which is, indeed, well worth fisking; I, alas, cannot be bothered at present but ChickenYoghurt and Curious Hamster, to name but two, have looked at it.

Go and read them if you wish although, in my opinion, were you not to then you might find something more constructive to do. For instance, instead of reading a load of people saying that Toni is an idiot and quite possibly delusional to boot (which, elegantly those the named two do it, is hardly news), you might try considering what you might do to solve the crisis.

It is very easy to criticise and, as regular readers will know, I'm happy to do so. But, and however wrong you think that my conclusions may be, I do try to suggest some ideas, some prospect of how I would try to solve a particular question. And there seem to be a number of pertinent questions that could be asked about this whole "war on terror" thing.

Do you, for instance, think that there are a bunch of people out there who are implacably opposed to our way of life? Do you think that there are a bunch of people out there whose promises to destroy Israel are a little more than rhetoric? And do you support these people against the Israelis (and if your answer to that question is, "yes", I really hope that you can justify that response)?

Let me make this entirely clear: I am well aware that there are a lot of people out there who think that Israel has over-reacted (indeed, I am one of them). However, I live in a country in which 50 people having the shit blown out of them by a bunch of suicide bombers is a rarity; I live in a country which has not been threatened with invasion in 60 years. And I am certain that if I lived in Israel, I would be pretty paranoid and prone to over-reacting too.

So, let me ask you, what would you do to solve this crisis? Would you perhaps pour money into strengthening the Lebanese army so that they could obey UN Resolution 1559 and disarm Hezbollah? Would you look to the UN to help, as it did so effectively in the Balkans and Rwanda? Or perhaps we should invade Israel and "force" this ceasefire that everyone talks about?

Anyone? Bueller?

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