The press are lost and uncomprehending

A VOICE FROM THE PRESS:
Mr. Blair, aren’t these attacks your fault, because of your foreign policy?

John Howard: No self-respecting government of any political stripe would allow that (letting terrorists dictate policies) to happen…May I remind you that the murder of 88 Australians in Bali occurred before operations in Iraq?…May I remind you that Sept. 11 happened before Iraq? May I remind you that the first time Al Qaeda referred specifically to Australia was in regard to the liberation of East Timor. Are people suggesting we shouldn’t have done that?…This is about hatred of a way of life. This is about a perverted use of one of the world’s great religions.”

Blair: I agree 100 percent with that… The roots of this are deep. Terrorist attacks go back more than 10 years…What they want us to do it to turn around and say oh, it’s our fault.. The people who are responsible for terrorist attacks are the terrorists…In the end the values that we represent are the values that will triumph.”

H/T Mary Katharine Ham Who has running updates. Here is a transcript (via Instapundit and The Corner) of John Howard’s excellent, withering and correct remarks. Trey Jackson has the video.

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  • stephanie

    Must be missing something…not sure how these quotes fit the headline.

  • stephanie

    Must be missing something…not sure how these quotes fit the headline.

  • SigmundCarlandAlfred

    Stephanie, it’s quite clear- by reporting the assertions that the London bombings (and be assured, there will be more) as a response to Iraq, the press are misleading the public.

    As PM Howard said, the Islamist agenda- and bombings- preceded Iraq, and for that matter, 9/11

    By attempting to portray the bombers and terrorists as moral equals (as in, they are ONLY RESPONDING) the press is presenting a false reality.

  • SigmundCarlandAlfred

    Stephanie, it’s quite clear- by reporting the assertions that the London bombings (and be assured, there will be more) as a response to Iraq, the press are misleading the public.

    As PM Howard said, the Islamist agenda- and bombings- preceded Iraq, and for that matter, 9/11

    By attempting to portray the bombers and terrorists as moral equals (as in, they are ONLY RESPONDING) the press is presenting a false reality.

  • dougrc

    The implication that the press will blame anyone but the perpetrators of the atrocities is slowly dawning on a before clueless public. I see it in the letters-to-editor in many newspapers. It is important that our leaders all around the world keep reminding us that the terrorists declared war on us, not the other way around. The press cannot totally ignore that message if it is repeated often enough.

    As an aside, isn’t it wonderful how a war allows certain politicians to grow-up to be leaders? Blair and Howard; an unlikely pair, but both are so heroic in both their rhetoric and their actions. I never saw Blair as a successor to the Iron Lady, and he certainly is not in domestic political philosphy, but he is in the backbone department.

  • dougrc

    The implication that the press will blame anyone but the perpetrators of the atrocities is slowly dawning on a before clueless public. I see it in the letters-to-editor in many newspapers. It is important that our leaders all around the world keep reminding us that the terrorists declared war on us, not the other way around. The press cannot totally ignore that message if it is repeated often enough.

    As an aside, isn’t it wonderful how a war allows certain politicians to grow-up to be leaders? Blair and Howard; an unlikely pair, but both are so heroic in both their rhetoric and their actions. I never saw Blair as a successor to the Iron Lady, and he certainly is not in domestic political philosphy, but he is in the backbone department.

  • TheAnchoress

    Stephanie, I will print the question thrown at Blair to make it clearer.

  • TheAnchoress

    Stephanie, I will print the question thrown at Blair to make it clearer.

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