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April 23, 2003

P. P. (Paddy) McGuinness continues with his attack on the left. He says that:

"...the leftists in the media and elsewhere are doing their best to portray the inevitable chaos following the overthrow of the Baathist regime as the fault of the coalition, and are accusing especially the Americans of any possible offence which might be pinned on them."

The argument of this weblog about stiff Iraqi resistance to the Anglo-American military, a big battle for Baghdad and lack of cheering crowds to the liberating forces turned out to be wrong.

The weblog's argument that the US would maintain a permanent military presence in Iraq and that it would face significant Shi'ite opposition is looking to be a plausible one. The Shi'ites see US reconstruction and rebuilding Iraq as occupation, and they want the US out so they can establish an Islamic state. The implication drawn, that the US would not allow the Iraqi people to elect a theocracy in Iraq, looks to be a realistic one.

Raising problems and concerns hardly engaging in efforts to blacken the actions of the US.

And the big suprise from the war? Part of Australia's pay off for being a loyal ally is a juicy free trade agreement FTA) with the US.

The long term consequence of a free trade agreement with the US? Greater integration of Australia with the US. Less Australian culture provided by Australian cultural institutions since Oz content rules would have to go. A reduced ability by the state to deliver core public services?

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 1:08 PM | | Comments (1)


Big Paddy has been quiet lately. Pipsqueaks like Henderson and upstarts like the Devine lass have sped past him on the road to outrage and left him chewing their dust. The reliable old leftbashing tropes don't seem to be cutting it, ditto for union and higher ed bashing. What else is there?

I can see the poor old bugger wringing his hands (!), desperate for a target. A powerless target by preference, nothing that can bite back with more venom than a few basketwoven missives to the editor.

I know! Geoff Clark's in strife again, Robinson too. Time for an ATSIC bash - mighht be able to fit in a dig at the Stolen Generations and a few quotes from Windschuttle. Capital!