"People, their bodies didn't end up in the morgue in those days [under Saddam], they ended up in mass graves."That's from the latest interview in PM John Howard's 24/7 "Save My Sorry Ass" media blitz.
So according to Howard, Iraqi's whose bloated corpses are dragged from the River Tigris with drill-holes in their knee-caps should stop complaining. They never had it so good!
According to Howard, ordinary Iraqis and heroic Aussie soldiers must continue to die so that... um... err... George W. Bush does not get embarrassed:
It would be a "colossal blow to American prestige in the Middle East and around the world" if the coalition pulled out of Iraq and appeared to have lost the war, he said.What utter, utter nonsense. In case Howard hasn't noticed, repeated studies have confirmed that "American prestige in the Middle East and around the world" is not in very good shape at the moment. And it's not the terrorists' fault. Oh, and by the way, John, the USA already "appears to have lost the war".
Howard is still trying to drive home the old "with Bush or with the terrorists" wedge:
"There is nothing in it for Australia in seeing America humiliated in the Middle East," he told ABC Radio.Well, of course, it's not only OK for them all to go, it is bloody well necessary. And the Brits are already preparing withdrawal plans, and the US Democrats are doing whatever they can to achieve a (limited, of course) exit, and the US people are sick of the whole thing, and ordinary Iraqis have been telling us to leave their country since Day One. So yes, John, it is "OK".
"And that's the effect of calling for Australian withdrawal, because if it's OK for us to go why isn't it OK for the Americans and the British to go?"
But Howard doesn't care about the news. Like Duby, he is focussed on the long term. The next 50 years will be just like the last 50 years, I tell ya, or my name's not Uncle Johnny!
Mr Howard said history made it clear that American power and support was very important to Australia's security.Guess what, dickhead? You have been supporting a policy that leads the humiliation, the withdrawal and the weakening of American power and prestige around the world for the past four years or more. And by the way, John, WWII was officially declared over in late 1945.
"I'm simply not going to support a policy that leads the humiliation, the withdrawal and the weakening of American power and prestige around the world," he said.
"That would give great power to terrorists."
If Howard really believes that Australia must stay in Iraq so that the USA does not get "humliliated", then somebody should ask him how this war is ever going to end in anything but humiliation for the invading parties.