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Wednesday, August 20, 2003

The Opposite of the Absurd

I realise that this is another media-driven whinge, but one of the myriad things that affect me is the propensity our leaders have for making statements of the bleeding obvious every time there's an atrocity like yesterday's bombing of the UN HQ in Baghdad.

I suppose it's the fault of the media sticking microphones under their noses and demanding that they say something - as if they're going to tell us something we don't know - but I always get the feeling that an opportunity's been somehow missed when the best they can do is trot out platitudes.

As an example, George Bush said something along the lines that the perpetrators of the bombing wouldn't decide the future of Iraq. I realised this morning that a good test of such statements is to look at the opposite of what's been said - in this case to imagine him saying "I've decided that the perpetrators of this bombing will decide the future of Iraq". If, as in this case, the statement is just absurd, you get a proper measure of just how empty their contribution was.

Am I being unreasonable to expect our esteemed leaders to offer something more substantial than the opposite of the absurd?

posted by Plig | 08:38 |

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