Monday, July 18, 2005

The peril of traveling as a pillion passenger

In an article about the report from the Royal Institute of International Affairs (which also goes under the name of Chatham House) written by Paul Wilkinson and Frank Gregory, two academics specialising in terrorism has found that:
"A key problem...is that the Government has been conducting counter-terrorism policy shoulder to shoulder with the United States, not in the sense of being an equal decision-maker but rather as a pillion passenger compelled to leave the steering to the ally in the driving seat. There is no doubt that the situation over Iraq has imposed particular difficulties for the UK and for the wider coalition against terrorism."
"Riding pillion with a powerful ally has proved costly in terms of British and American military lives, Iraqi lives, military expenditure and the damage caused to the counter-terrorism campaign."
The UK's Foreign Secretary has come out saying,
"I a’m astonished Chatham House is now saying that we should not have stood shoulder to shoulder with our long-standing allies."
Is the role of Foreign Minister/Secretary deliberately given to an idiot or is this just a coincidence?
We have Alexander Downer here here here here here here here here here here and here.

The UK has Jack Straw.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

150 dead in Iraq this weekend.
The country is falling apart.

We are involved up to our kneck at what is unfolding there. Can anybody tell me which part of the press is following this story?
Diversions aplenty.

If we get more 'blowback' here, nobody will have a clue as to what we have done. Just trying to bring about a little bit of democracy.
Gosh, we are good.

11:47 am  
Blogger Benno said...

Ahhh, I'd like to have an argument please.

9:13 pm  
Blogger Brownie said...

sorry Benno, no argument from me.
Suki and I will wait for livE tidnuP
to come over and defend Straw & Downer.
I am so touched by the photo. The man, is holding the boy so he won't fall.
The two of them have lives, which will not change, and do not affect the ozone layer of this planet.bless em.

11:01 pm  
Blogger suki said...

brownie,
Your powers of observation are profound.
I was only looking for a passive, trusting, unobservant, generally-not-paying- attention pillion.

11:38 pm  
Blogger Brownie said...

on the other hand the poor little kid might be going against his will to his shift at the clothing factory.
John Howard makes me feel physically ill.
Keating didn't, Gorton didn't, even Fraser didn't. but little johnny makes me sick.

11:01 pm  
Blogger suki said...

In my work life I have been at functions where HoWARd and Jeanette and other Ministers are present. He consistently has more security guys than he has people genuinely wanting to shake his hand.
I also assiduously avoid him. Jeanette is as you would expect...insipid and invisible.

I am so proud of the Australian woman who challenged HoWARd by asking as he visited her in the London Hospital if the war in Iraq was in any way connected to the bombing that blew her legs off. He of course said no.
The nausea just keeps rising hey brownie.

8:25 am  
Blogger Brownie said...

I rarely see TV but I did chance on that and I wish she had SLAPPED him when he said 'some people think that but I don't'. maybe medication prevented her and she did seem to have a cocky cage mounted on her head. There wasn't a sound bite of what the guy with no legs said to him. maybe it was too frank.

8:16 pm  

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