December 16, 2003

SPINNING SO HARD THEIR DRILLING HOLES:

How to deal with irritatingly good news (Janet Daley, 17/12/2003, Daily Telegraph)

[B]eing as resourceful as it clearly is, the anti-war (which is to say, the anti-American) party may not need any help at all. But, in the seasonal spirit of good will, I offer a guide to Guardian comment writers, BBC interviewers and Labour backbenchers on how to deal with any foreseeable circumstance that may arise from the current state of emergency.

What To Say If:

Saddam refuses to co-operate with his interrogators.

The arrest of this man is a sideshow. He clearly knows nothing about the current state of resistance and has played no role in the planning of insurgency. His trial will simply be an exercise in vengeance with no constructive outcome for Iraq.

Saddam sings like a canary, identifying the perpetrators of insurgency.

Saddam is obviously being tortured by his American captors. Or else, they are lying about his testimony and justifying their own persecution of innocent Iraqis on the basis of his alleged "confession". (Note to broadcasters: these hypotheses need not be stated baldly. They can simply be hinted at or implied by leading questions and incredulous facial expressions.) [...]

If the arrest, trial and possible execution of Saddam results in a free and democratic Iraq.

This is irrelevant to the War on Terror. Iraq had no links with al-Qa'eda. Bush and Blair will never defeat terrorism until they catch Osama bin Laden.


Hopefully someone is working on their spin for OBL.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 16, 2003 9:25 PM
Comments

"Their" or "They're" ?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 17, 2003 10:04 AM

They're

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at December 17, 2003 11:26 AM
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