Iraq Apathy Stirred but not Shaken
28 March 2006
The political party funding loan scandal, this week and also the release of Norman Kember has stirred some dormant apathy.
Tony Blair is now commonly regarded as a warmonger, seemingly corrupt and a spent force of the Labour Party.
But just when you thought Tony Blair had no friends, Will Hutton of The Guardian, who opposed the war, spoke up and reported that he was now “beginning to revolt against the certainty with which apocalypse is now universally predicted in Iraq”.
Norman Kember opposed the war and demonstrated his opposition by placing himself in obvious danger and for being less than immediately forthcoming with appreciation for the soldiers who were obliged to place themselves in yet further danger, in order to rescue him.
Yes, it was a bloodless rescue but the soldiers were not to know that in a week when the Bathist terrorists were particularly brutal against other Muslims.
Norman Kember was spared the beheading that he was entitled to expect, and his friend, Bruce Kemp thanked his God for saving his Christian friend, Norman Kember, on the same day that Muslims were slaughtered indiscriminately, by other Muslims, in Iraq
Norman Kember has at least demonstrated personal courage and conviction. He acted unselfishly, and few can make that claim. Consider how the pre war consensus, that it was OK to invade Iraq in order to save our own skins from WMP, evaporated when it became clear that we were never in such danger; Iraqis were in danger, but we were not.
So now Norman says that he will “reflect” on his futile efforts to make peace in Iraq, and in due course he may or may not, answer for his actions.
Meanwhile, Tony Benn said on this weeks Question Time on BBC TV, that British and American forces should leave Iraq immediately, in the same way that US forces left Vietnam. (His analogy) He did not say whether we should do this for the good of Iraq, or for the good of ourselves, but I know that the people who enjoyed hearing this, drive BMW, four x fours.