Sunday, November 05, 2006

Nick sinks ever deeper

My memory of what Nick has said in the past may be a bit hazy, but I think it had something to do with pursuing the moral course even when it conflicts with national interest. To those who said that Iraq should be left to Saddam on the grounds that he didn’t pose much of a threat to us, Nick replied with sermons about the indivisibility of morality and the need for solidarity with torturer’s victims.

A basic, perhaps the most basic, principle of human rights is that people have the right not to be tortured.

So what do we have here?

Nick first flirts with Dershowitz-style “ticking bomb” scenarios. Truly, this alone is a sign that he has sunk deep into a poison pit. But the final para of this week’s abomination commends the robust attitude of the French (the French!). They don’t let concern for fundamental human rights get in the way of pursuing their national interest, so why should we, asks Nick? Well Nick, don’t you remember ? This was why the French didn’t get involved in your great moral crusade in Iraq.

If only Nick had woken up earlier, we could have saved ourselves a good deal of grief. There were all kinds of Iraqis hanging around the UK in the 1980s and 90s, some of them were troublemakers. Perhaps we should have sent some of them back home in return for an assurance from the the secular authoritarians in Iraq that they would treat them nicely? An obscene suggestion? You bet. So why is Nick now commending the deportation of people to the prisons of the secular authoritarians in Egypt, Libya, Algeria and Jordan?

Or is that what he’s saying? Remember last week’s pop at Ian Buruma? The bit where Nick wrote:

There is a revealing slipperiness in that sentence: the use of “one can’t help sensing” instead of “I think”….

This week’s weaselling is coated in the “revealing slipperiness” of “I suspect” as in:

I suspect it is going to be hard to say automatically that what the authorities want to do is wrong.

The coating is pretty thin though.


Blogger fatbongo said...

what a cunt! final straw for me i'm afraid.

11/05/2006 01:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, me too. Time to leave Nick alone. Fuck him.

11/05/2006 02:01:00 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

When I read it, I thought 'well, there goes the final seal of Dacre'...all that remains now is for Mad Mel to sign the adoption papers and he gets his own page in the Mail.

11/05/2006 05:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Relatedly, it looks like the move to half a page on the left hand side is a permanent one.

11/05/2006 10:27:00 PM  
Blogger Marc Mulholland said...

It's not very heroic of Nick to argue that we should allow johnny foreigner to torture on our behalf without having the guts to propose basic honesty: that torture should become the national policy of the Great British democracy.

I'm genuinely confused as to why Decency seems to lead to complete political and moral collapse. Is it inherent in the posture, or is Decency only a necessary pit-stop for Sparts of yesterday becoming Dacres of tomorrow?

11/08/2006 02:34:00 PM  

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