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Dick's Magill Piece

Since Dick Waghorne has "disappeared" comments from his site, I'll have to use badman's blog for my review of his piece from Magill magazine.

His piece is typically tightly argued:

"Look at world headlines these days. Much of it comes down to democracy promotion, American leadership, and economic openness."

Of course, few mainstream scholars recognise that "look at world headlines these days" is an acceptable evidence-base on which to build a theory. That's because they're leftist miscreants. One of these leftist miscreants would be likely to, for example, test this claim by engaging in a cursory check. Let's start with today's Irish Times. A grand total of 1 out of 15 articles could possibly be related to dick's three categories - and that is an opinion piece by Charles Krauthammer in which he repeats a number of blatant lies for the umpteenth time in advocating the invasion of Iran. US leadership, maybe, democracy promotion? Only if you think that dead people make good voters!

Ireland can be the poster-boy for emerging democracies around the world, preaching the benefits of opening up, cleaning up democracy

Ireland is a poster-boy for cleaning up democracy!????!! Maybe Dick means that our "democratic" politicians are poster-boys for hoovering up cash from big business, otherwise he's got to be living in an alternative reality.

In relation to what Ireland should have done with respect to Belarus: "Ahern should have been on TV that day stating that Ireland as a small nation emphases with the wish of the Belarussian people to break free of Russia independence and to create their own democracy."

Did they really print this sentence? Do they even employ sub-editors? Do they even realise that emphases is the plural of the noun emphasis and that there is no simple verb derived from empathy (which Dick presumably meant)? What is "Russia Independence"? How does one break free from it?

More sage advice to Dermot: "He should have promised to work with his counterparts to make sure small democracies present a united front on the matter to use their votes in international institutions to pressure the regime" But further on Dick regrets the fact that being "Shackled to the UN, our scope for democracy promotion initiatives limits our options." So which "international institutions" should we be using for our good ol' democracy promotion if the UN is such a shackle? The international alliance of flag-waving lobotomised idiots?

Dick finishes up with a description of the current debate over Iraq:

"Never mind that the US is there under a UN mandate, or at the express request of Iraqi leaders, or with the support of the Iraqi people as repeatedly voiced to pollsters; for a large chunk of our political class, getting America is what counts. It’s almost the only thing that gets discussed."

We can make several observations about this. First of all, the assertion that "getting America" is almost the only thing that gets discussed is hard to sustain when one considers the enormous amount of public debate about health, crime, war, poverty, corruption, property prices and so on. Indeed, I can't recall a single individual who actually advocates "getting America" where will we get it from? Why are we getting it at all? Beats me, ask Dick.

Secondly the assertion that the Iraqi people have repeatedly voiced support for the US occupation to pollsters is stretching the truth just a teensie bit. As long ago as 2004, support for the occupation had collapsed:

A Gallup poll conducted mostly in late March-- before the recent sieges of Fallujah and Najaf-- showed that "a solid majority support an immediate military pullout." (http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2004-04-28-poll-cover_x.htm). Fifty-seven percent said the coalition should "leave immediately" rather than "stay longer" (36 percent).

According to a new poll from the Iraq Center for Research and Strategic Studies, which is partly funded by the State Department and has coordinated its work with the Coalition Provisional Authority, more than half of all Iraqis-- including the Kurds-- want an immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces, up from 17 percent last October. The same poll found that 68 percent of Iraqis support Moqtada al-Sadr, including a third who say they "strongly support" him (Financial Times, 5/20/04; Philadelphia Inquirer, 5/9/04).

January 2005: 82 percent of Sunni Arabs and 69 percent of Shiites favor US withdrawal ãeither immediately or after an elected government is in place.ä (Zogby)

Millions of Iraqis believe that suicide attacks against British troops are justified, a secret military poll commissioned by senior officers has revealed.

The poll, undertaken for the Ministry of Defence and seen by The Sunday Telegraph, shows that up to 65 per cent of Iraqi citizens support attacks and fewer than one per cent think Allied military involvement is helping to improve security in their country. Source

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