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Saturday, October 23, 2004

The questioner on Question Time last night asked 'what should the Government do about the predicament of Margaret Hassan?' and the entire panel agreed that the terrorists should be starved of the oxygen of publicity. A great proposal (and a shame the government couldn't have taken the same line with the Irish terrorists) but, never the less, all of them avoided the question.

I would propose that, in the first place, we shouldn't have invaded Iraq.

In the second place (now that we have invaded) NO civilians should be in Iraq. Not for any perpose. This would stop all accusations of wrongdoing on the part of corporations and their political backers going in for a spot of post-war tax-break money-making. It would also send a message to the people within Iraq and the outside world that they can't be trusted with the wellbeing of other people and that the re-bulding of the country, plus all charity work, will now be done by military personnel.

In the third place (now that we've been placed in this sorry position of having a charity worker abducted) the Government should do whatever it can to get her back alive. They have an unlimited budget plus a huge army presence and massive surveillance capabilities to use for this end. First, money should be offered for her safe release. True, that this may be used to fund the terrorists, but more likely they'll scarper with the ransom and never kneel towards Mecca again. Our responsibility doesn't lie with what they do with the money, it lies with this poor woman for now. Second, the army should be taken off ALL rebuilding and security projects to search house to house for her. The Iraqi population should be told that if they want things to get moving again they'll have to start talking.

If, heaven forbid, we have to live through another tragic ending there should be consequences for the people responsible. I won't specify some of the ideas that the public constantly come up with on the BBC website about these matters but I'm sure the millitary are ruthless enough to think them up by themselves.

Just a horrible situation, with no easy answers - just moral absolutes...

Monday, October 18, 2004

I'm not usually someone who cares how much trouble an organisation can get itself in for persuing a worthy goal but The Guardian have - I think - made a bad error of judgement here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uselections2004/story/0,13918,1329858,00.html