The Curmudgeon


Saturday, November 18, 2006

Spot the Slip

Now that al-Jazeera has David Frost on board, presumably it is no longer a conduit for terrorist propaganda, and the Vicar of Downing Street can broadcast his sermons therefrom without doing violence to his conscience or worrying that the Americans will drop bombs on him.

Frost last night put it to his reverence that the Iraq adventure had "so far been pretty much of a disaster", and his reverence was quick to put the matter in perspective: "It has, but you see, what I say to people is, 'why is it difficult in Iraq?' It's not difficult because of some accident in planning, it's difficult because there's a deliberate strategy ... to create a situation in which the will of the majority for peace is displaced by the will of the minority for war." It all sounds remarkably like the situation in London, circa February-March 2003, except that in this case the Coalition of the Willing comprises "al-Qaida with Sunni insurgents on one hand, Iranian-backed elements with Shia militias on the other". Before the invasion, of course there was no al-Qaida presence and precious few Iranian-backed elements. Wonderful word, elements.

In any case, the Vicar's minders "tried to downplay the apparent slip". A spokesbeing said, "I think that's just the way in which he answers questions ... His views on Iraq are documented in hundreds of places, and that is not one of them." Naturally, we are all aware that the way in which his reverence answers questions is not necessarily to tell the truth; but which part of Tony's answer was a "slip"?


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