Monday, December 19, 2005

I don't want a holiday in the sun

Nick on the evils of holidaying in repressive Muslim regimes.

Dave, on the delights of holidaying in repressive Muslim regimes.

Coincidence? Conspiracy? Calculated insult? In-joke? Come on people. We at AW have known that the Brunei bit was coming, but in the same week as Nick tees off on the Maldives?

Nick's position is that because the Maldives practices torture, you should not go there on holiday. (I am not sure whether this means that you should not be bundled there against your will if you are a terrorist suspect; in principle Nick is against this but hey what if there was a ticking time bomb). On the other hand, political reform is at hand in the Maldives and soon the current vicious government is likely to be overthrown. Nick's conclusion:

If the reaction to the fall of Saddam Hussein is a guide, the liberal-minded among them won't like it.

Well Nick it all really depends on how many hundred thousand people get slaughtered by an ill-planned war in the process doesn't it? Sorry by the way Maldivians, you might have thought that this col was about you, but actually you're just scenery for a punchline about Nick's domestic political enemies over That Bloody War. Once more, the Munchausen-by-proxy version of Carly Simon Syndrome. With, quite possibly, a strong element of Nick trying to claim dibs on a seat on the first junket plane of the democratic era.

In related news, he fills out the last 200 words of the col with the hoary old crystallized fruit joke Pit. Tee. Full.


Blogger Matthew said...

Aaronovitch wasn't even an ordinary tourist, I think the government (or their tourist board) paid for his trip (which must explain the great value).

12/19/2005 02:05:00 PM  
Blogger Sonic said...

Nick has got us sussed, we love repression, torture and people being locked up without charge, thats why we refuse to support George Bush.

Oh hold on.

12/19/2005 08:35:00 PM  

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