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Friday, February 25, 2005

You Know I'm Right

More demands for an apology, these from Australia, where the National Council of Churches says:

We further deplore that this decision has been taken so soon in the life of the re-elected Howard Government, when the Australian people gave no mandate for an escalation of such dangerous military adventurism.
We deeply regret that the Prime Minister again offers no apology for the misleading path on which he has led the nation over Iraq and we call for a statement from him regretting past mistakes.

I would offer to put this in plain English, but it is already pretty plain. The NCC has decided that Howard is wrong, and furthermore that everyone must agree that he is wrong. The inconvenient fact of his reelection, against an opponent who campaigned strongly against the Iraq war, is set aside with the bald assertion that he has "no mandate". The cure is for him to confess and abase himself.

Perhaps I shouldn't keep writing about this, but it annoys me every time I see it.

[Hat tip: Tim Blair.]