man in the glass bowl
should be tried for war crimes
Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 1974, the great
Tom Lehrer famously remarked that political satire was henceforth
obsolete. We now know that Lehrer was wrong, it was in a coma. In
news just to hand, Tony Blair is to teach religion at Yale.
Pope must be mortified. One minute hes reluctantly welcoming
Tony into the fold and the next minute the grinning bloody-handed
phoney is holding forth on Jesus, peace, love and forgiveness at Yale.
for Henry Kissinger, in 2002 George W Bush announced that the US didnt
recognise the jurisdiction of the worlds first permanent war
crimes tribunal, the International Criminal Court, but Henry no longer
takes flights that touch down in Chile or Argentina and last time
he was in Paris he skipped town very quickly when a French court asked
him to testify in relation to the disappearance of French citizens
in Pinochets Chile.
of Kissingers shrinking horizons when I heard John Winston Howard
had turned up in Washington where hed received the 2008 Irving
Kristol award from the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute.
a single member of the Bush administration came along to hear Howard
defend his decision to stand by Dubya in the invasion of Iraq. He
ran Australia for 11 years on behalf of the neocons and all he got
was a glass salad bowl, but it was probably better than any reception
the Liberal Party would give him here, where hed be lucky to
score a cracked old dish from St Vinnies. Nor is it likely John will
get the call from Yale.
the neocons really think of him as a cheating little weasel. Like
Tony Blair, Howard was a parsimonious ally, to say the least. The
two of them figured out that Bush was really, really, desperate
for any allies at all, no matter how token their contribution.
token is what the big goofball got from his great English-speaking
allies. Back in 2003, when George finally got a call through to John
to asked what he could kick in, John told him proudly that our soldiers
were so highly trained that any one of them was worth ten of anybody
and hed send both of them.
was a condition of course: they were to be stationed in the safest
place possible. No sense getting either of them killed doing any actual
fighting, if that could be avoided.
none of this lessens Howards culpability. As a result of the
illegal invasion of Iraq, probably a million Iraqis are dead and the
country has been divided up into sectarian cantons. Two million have
fled, including a hefty swag of the professional classes. Infrastructure
and hospitals and schools and universities are shattered; whole towns
and districts have been laid waste; women, who once enjoyed the greatest
personal and professional freedom in the Arab world go about in fear.
Unemployment runs at 60 per cent and the countrys oil resources
are being parcelled out to US companies.
and his government lied, and lied, and lied again. There were no weapons
of mass destruction; there was no collaboration between Saddam Hussein
and al Qaeda; the Iraqi government never tried to buy uranium in Africa.
knowingly spruiked for a war of aggression. For that he should be
arraigned for war crimes.
not just Howard. At the very least, his cabinet should be in the dock
with him, along with not a few of the Howardista pundits who peddled
the lies that came to them on a conveyer belt from the Prime Ministers
office. Yes, Im thinking of Miranda Devine. Who could forget
her gem from April 2003: Better to bring it on now, at a time
of our choosing, with all the cockroaches gathered for a showdown
out in the open in Iraq, rather than cower at home, our economies
shrinking, our civilians picked off, our enemies growing stronger
musing on these things when Joadja put a cold cider down in front
you see where Christian Kerr from Crikey.com has gone to the Murdoch
press? You got that one right, eh?,
was easy, I replied. And I dont think hell
be the last young right-wing journo to get the call. A whole generation
of clapped-out old culture warriors who spent a decade advancing the
agenda of a man who led his party to ignominious defeat will have
to be cleaned out. The mainstream media is ravenous for clean-skin
conservatives who can groom the Rudd Government.
poor Tom Switzer for example. Hes left the editorship of The
Australians opinion page to work for Brendan Nelson! Talk about
sliding downhill, he was once a staff writer at
McGuinness died just in time, Joadja said.