Friday, November 21, 2003

It's all about me...
A media event is upstaged by another media event, only to claw back the headlines on the back of an actual event. The commentariat unanimously concur that it vindicates their view of Iraq, Blair, Bush, and The War on Terror, whatever these views were.

But the definitive interpretation of this and every other war related tragedy has already been written

Many people will use this terrible tragedy as an excuse to put through a political agenda other than my own. This tawdry abuse of human suffering for political gain sickens me to the core of my being. Those people who have different political views from me ought to be ashamed of themselves for thinking of cheap partisan point-scoring at a time like this. In any case, what this tragedy really shows us is that, so far from putting into practice political views other than my own, it is precisely my political agenda which ought to be advanced.

Not only are my political views vindicated by this terrible tragedy, but also the status of my profession. Furthermore, it is only in the context of a national and international tragedy like this that we are reminded of the very special status of my hobby, and its particular claim to legislative protection. My religious and spiritual views also have much to teach us about the appropriate reaction to these truly terrible events.

Originally from Tip to crooked timber