-Emotional Correctness - a Brit's View on Stars & Saddam
Submitted by Don B.
After Tony Parsons startled his readers on 9-11-02 by denouncing war on terror opponents, this “ANTI-American” columnist went a step further. Now, he says he may be changing his mind about Iraq as well!
His publisher, London’s Daily Mirror, must find all this embarrassing—especially since their own anti-American voice is louder than ever. I figure they had no choice but to run this piece. Their contract with Parsons probably gives him free rein to say whatever he wants.
Here’s the column:
PAST IT? JUMP ON THE LUVVIE BANDWAGON Feb 10 2003
IF I see one more fading celebrity coming out against the war with Iraq, then I fear that I will feel like bombing Baghdad myself.
Damon Albarn of Blur is the latest sanctimonious finger-wagger, although in recent weeks every little starlet, DJ, actor and telly presenter seems to have made the same point - which comes straight from the department of the bloody obvious.
"Do you believe this is the right war?" hectors Damon. "Do you?"
Being against the war in Iraq is becoming like those little red Aids ribbons were way back in the 20th Century.
A display of extreme sensitivity. Conclusive proof that you are a warm, wonderful, caring human being.
Any true political point is lost in the mad stampede to look compassionate.
The Aids ribbons were essentially meaningless and so are many anti-war gestures.
Peter Stringfellow is mocked for supporting Tony Blair but, for the life of me, I can't see why he should be mocked for having a point of view, while Damon Albarn is taken seriously.
It is preaching to the converted, of course, because every poll shows that the overwhelming majority of people in this country are against an ill-thought out, unjustified attack on Iraq.
Something deadly serious is becoming a mere fashion statement, like wearing straight trousers or flares.
It shows you are funky and spunky and part of the modern world. Ms Dynamite is against bombing Iraq.
But then, somebody called Ms Dynamite would be, wouldn't she?
There is a real emotional correctness at work here. If you are not against the war with Iraq, you are an unfeeling, unthinking human being.
As it happens, the thought of an assault on Iraq scares the life out of me.
I see no connection whatsoever between al-Qaeda and Saddam. I think that a war on Iraq will make this world a more dangerous place for all of us.
But when I see the kind of people who are against the war on Iraq, it truly makes me think again.
Watching Tony Benn licking Saddam's boots was more nauseating than anything Michael Jackson could come up with.
Benn seemed to think he was having tea in Hampstead with a suntanned Michael Foot.
Whatever Saddam does or doesn't have hidden in his arsenal, this is a proven mass murderer.
Has Tony Benn seen that famous photograph of a gassed Kurdish baby?
The man whose hairy bottom he was kissing was directly responsible for that dead baby - and thousands just like it.
Saddam uses torture to implement his dictatorship. His unprovoked invasion of Kuwait caused untold numbers of innocents to be slaughtered, raped and maimed.
The suffering that the vile old dictator has inflicted on the people of Iraq is beyond measure.
And Tony Benn - champion of the underdog - sat there thanking Saddam on behalf of all those working for peace.
Benn is either a hypocrite or senile. His massage of Saddam's ego did the cause of peace no good at all.
And there's the rub. When Damon Albarn wags his finger at you, does it really make you more anti-war? When Fatboy Slim furrows his brow about the prospect of war, does it convert you to the cause of peace?
When Susan Sarandon gets that horrible nagging tone in her voice, does it convince you that Tony Blair is wrong?
For me, it has exactly the opposite effect.
I think to myself that these were the kind of self-righteous saps who wore Aids ribbons 10 years ago.
Emotional correctness determines their views.
IT'S a variation on that old Groucho Marx line about not wanting to be a member of a club that would have him for a member.
I balk at supporting any cause that has the support of professional appeasers such as Tony Benn and Tam Dalyell.
Maybe there's something in what Blair says after all. Perhaps there is an arsenal of dirty weapons in Iraq still waiting to be found.
Possibly the attack on Iraq would prevent a greater catastrophe further down the line.
I don't quite believe it yet.
But the next time I get a pious finger wagged at me by some pacifist politician or clapped-out old pop star, then I am going to give it some serious thought.