The politics of the rabbit hole

19 July, 2005 at 10:21 pm 2 comments

So Tony Blair thinks there's no connection between the London bombs and Iraq? What he means, presumably, is that there ought not to be a connection. After all, it's no good saying there isn't when the network claiming responsibility give that as part of their reason and justification. But Blair is essentially suggesting that to buy into the notion that British foreign policy and presence in Iraq is linked to the bombings is somehow to buy into and justify the logic of terrorism. As though agreeing that the connection is exists is the same thing as condoning the response!

It's an argument totally devoid of logic but with enormous power to silence. It's cunning and insidious. If you watch the wider picture, you'll notice a smuggling operation going on. What presents is the need for the nation to unite in the face of threat, in the name of law and order and democracy. That is perfectly acceptable. But smuggled in is the insistence that "If you are really behind us in the opposition to terror, you'll proclaim as vehemently as I do ["I being TB] that there is no connection to Iraq, no motivation othere than sheer bloody-minded evil, no problem to be solved other than combatting terrorists who would have done this regardless of the war, and no problem with my government's foreign policy that needs to be addressed!"

The position he's taking here is an attempt to deflect and silence criticism of his pursuit of the Iraq war – a position morally bankrupt and responsible, to date, for the deaths of 24 864 Iraqi civilians. He mustn't be allowed to evade responsibility for that. We elected him – we owe it to the rest of the world, to the families of the dead in Iraq and London and to the very values Blair reckons are under attack by the bombers to hold him to account. It is the most effective contribition we can make to ensuring that the terror doesn't continue.


Entry filed under: current affairs, terrorism.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nick  |  20 July, 2005 at 10:19 am

    Well said – Blair’s stance is that of the ostrich in the sand: and by being one he’s short-changing the rest of us (the people who elected him). If you heard Livingston on R4 this morning it was evident that he at least is engaging with the issues not indulging in delusory cant.

  • 2. Wol  |  17 August, 2005 at 3:06 pm

    Nick – sorry I missed your response here. I think I’d want to say even mroe strongly now how dangerous it is that we pursue the wrong reasons. We now have Islam on trial: what is it about Islam that turns people into extremists? An interesting question. Interesting because that’s the one they all choose to ask! Why did they not ask the same question of Christianity throughout the IRA bombings? Or of the KKK in the States? Or of the Apartheid regime? I am ashamed when I see the London Muslim community having to put on a community show/carnival in order to reassure the rest of London that they are “normal”. It is not Islam that breeds extremism: it is injustice.


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