Not Saussure

September 20, 2006

Worth a read…

Filed under: Blogroll, Iraq — notsaussure @ 12:54 am

The next government report on the 7/7 bombings, this time on failures in the emergency services’ and others’ response in the immediate aftermath, is due out shortly; Rachel isn’t very impressed with the leaks so far and still wants an independent public inquiry.

Meanwhile, despite its absence because of an ‘outbreak of blog ennui over the last few days’, A Big Stick and a Small Carrot is back and Garry ain’t happy:

here’s a classic ss,dd moment from Des “no mark” Browne:

“The Taleban’s tenacity in the face of massive losses has been a surprise, absorbing more of our effort than we predicted it would and consequently slowing progress on reconstruction.”

Yes, the government has been surprised by the “tenacity” of extremist religious fanatics. Extraordinary.

Compare and constrast that with this from Blair in May:

“It’s easy to go back over mistakes that we may have made. But the biggest reason why Iraq has been difficult is the determination by our opponents to defeat us. And I don’t think we should be surprised by that.”

No, they bloody well shouldn’t have been surprised. Which begs the obvious question. Twice. In two different countries.

And, over in the US, Jon Swift, the voice of reasonable American conservatism, provides many useful insights into the main issue exercising the conservative blogosphere over there this week; the shocking behaviour of a liberal blogger in not only appearing in a group photograph at a lunch given by Bill Clinton but also adopting an insufficiently demure pose when she did so, the strumpet. The conservative women bloggers have been particularly upset by her provocative behaviour in a response that has Dr Swift thinking of a TV programme he saw recently,

a report on ABC’s Prime Time about something they called “Mean Girl Syndrome.” Apparently, teenage girls are using the Internet to transform themselves into cyberbullies. Though they occasionally pick on boys, sometimes with tragic results, they seem more often to aim their poison PDAs against other girls, making fun of their rivals’ bodies and spreading vicious rumors about them. The ABC report quoted Madeleine Albright, who said, “I’m not a person who thinks the world would be entirely different if it were run by women. If you think that, you’ve forgotten what high school was like.”


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