July 7, 2005
Least favorite quotes of the day
[editor’s note: this post was “pasted” in — it appeared originally at the old Dawson’s Danube site, which is archived here.]
I admit that Prime Minister Blair did sound Churchillian today, but this part was sure nonsense:
It is particularly barbaric that this has happened on a day when people are meeting to try to help the problems of poverty in Africa, the long-term problems of climate change and the environment.
You’ve all seen Galloway’s remarks by now:
We urge the government to remove people in this country from harms way, as the Spanish government acted to remove its people from harm, by ending the occupation of Iraq and by turning its full attention to the development of a real solution to the wider conflicts in the Middle East.
The BBC’s rolling contributions from readers had a lot of interesting messages. This was not one of them (though the BBC itself thought the message was worthy of a pull-quote):
I just hope that the angry, frightened people don’t turn on all the innocent, law-abiding Muslim families who live peacefully with us in our communities. These attacks affect them too, and they are just as scared and angry as the rest of us, without the added fear of being attacked purely because of their religion. My thoughts are with everyone affected, regardless of race, creed or colour – be strong, every right minded citizen of this planet is behind you.
Der Standard’s “RAU” reminds us that there was never terror in Iraq before the United States arrived, that one should not trust Tony Blair and that George W. Bush can cause physical and emotional pain to those afflicted with Bush-dementia (translations are mine):
We are in a defensive war, albeit with very little trust in our “Command-in-Chief” and his deputies. In his reactions to the London attacks, Tony Blair offered his famous rhetoric that we have come to learn to distrust. To see and hear George W. Bush there induced bodily pain and depression. The man decided to fight the “War against Terror” in Iraq, although there were no terrorists there until the U.S. invasion…
…[T]his war “War Against Terror” is led by the wrong people for the wrong reasons on the wrong front and by the wrong means. [Aber dieser “Krieg gegen den Terror” wird von den falschen Leuten mit der falschen Begründung an der falschen Front und mit den falschen Mitteln geführt.]
This elicited much agreement from RAU’s readers, such as this comment from “vito” (translated):
The democracies of this world, since they have come into existence, have also conducted a merciless struggle for the raw materials of these countries. No wonder that this political system is not trusted there.
I’m sure I could come across tons of other examples, but it’s too depressing. Whither Western Civilization?