Wednesday, September 14, 2005

It makes you want to weep

God what drivel. I mean really. This could have been written any month in the last three years (apart from the gratuitous reference to his recent junket, which seasoned Aaro-watchers will remember was to Brunei as well as Borneo). Aaro continues the war against the straw men in his head, who can't tell the difference between Dresden, Hiroshima, Auschwitz and Abu Ghraib. I am reminded of Mark Kaplan's excellent set of definitions under which "moral equivalance" is the wholly unacceptable idea that the USA should be held to the same standards as other countries, "moral relativism" is the wholly unacceptable idea that the USA should be held to different standards from other countries and "moral clarity" is the perfect Zen-like state from which it is possible to excoriate your enemies for both moral relativism and moral equivalence. Dave appears to be close to moral satori in this col, for sure.

It's crocodile tears, by the way. Dave tells us that the whole moral character of the war would alter if it turned out to have been about oil all along. He tells us that "If we became careless of whether or not people suffer because of our choices, we could still become the thing we hate". To which all I can really reply is "those weapons had better be there". Like a starlet who never does nudity until the very day she does, on the day that the other, nastier Abu Ghraib photos show up or the day that Exxon gets the first set of concessions, there will be another rationalisation for why we're still morally OK. I was just overwhelmed by the power of the script, and it was obviously necessary to be true to the character; she would have taken her top off, so I had to take my top off, yeah whatever Dave. What's the road to hell paved with?

Currently listening to:

"Nothing ever happens", Del Amitri. "[...] the needle returns to the start of the song and we all sing along like before"

Fun Aaro-fact: In the paper Times he has a new byline photo with a new goatee (different shape to the old one) but until they update the online addition I can't show you it. It does sort of make his face look slimmer; he also appears to be getting a sort of rockabilly quiff thing going on but that might just be the cropping of the photo.

PS: The Cohen col might be in the Standard this evening but after that pile of shit I am not sure I can summon up the will.


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9/14/2005 02:27:00 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

Where's the Wednesday Cohen analysis? A watch is not just for Christmas, y'know.

9/15/2005 04:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Either Aero or Nickers will have to do the GG versus Hitchens Guide to the Galaxy debate. If it's Aero, he'll dig up a whole load of stuff about both guys' pasts. If it's Nickers, it'll be about moral turpitude or immoral turpitude - I don't know what turpitude means but I'm sure it's time Nickers used it.

9/16/2005 12:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NC will go for Clarke's anti-terror legislation; DA will go for Bush's New orleans speech

9/16/2005 10:14:00 AM  
Blogger Matthew said...

Surely the easiest week of all to predict the NC column (if it appears). The HP steer is clear, it'll be Galloway being exposed by Hitchens in New York.

The only caveat to this is if Cohen has been told by the editor that no-one can be bothered to read this stuff, and so instead talks about cricket.

9/16/2005 11:17:00 AM  
Blogger the management said...

Cohen has reappeared in the New Statesman wittering on about religious schools. It's got "repurpose for Obs Col" written all over it.

Fuck, it's Friday, innit? Time flies when you're unemployed.

9/16/2005 12:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If NC goes for Gorgeous v Popinjay (Hell, who do you most want to lose?), he'll be a bit late, like Simon Jenkins writing aboiut the Ashes on Tuesday in the new-look guardian this Wednesday. (Besides, Oona King's written her piece - and she had a ringside seat) He'll have to try harder than that.

9/16/2005 02:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked your comment about my dads gotee.Anythingt to make his face slimmer.

9/20/2005 10:14:00 AM  

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