Faux Geste

My two cents on the possibility of Peter Hain laying a wreath at Croke Park:

  • Cent 1: It’s a silly piece of peace process choreography, like the meeting between the DUP and the Roman Catholic Church. This time, however, it is designed to burnish the legacy of Tony Blair as he prepares to leave power.
  • Cent 2: Apologising for an atrocity in the distant past is meaningless when the current government is complicit in far greater crimes in Iraq.  Unless Irish lives are worth more than Iraqi lives, it seems hypocrisy to accept any such apology. The request to lay a wreath should be refused.

5 Responses to “Faux Geste”


  1. 1 JG February 13, 2007 at 4:18 pm

    I agree 100% with cent 2!

  2. 2 Paul Gill February 16, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    I clicked through to your site via your dismissive comment on Nick Cohen on Disillusioned Lefty. Is there really no difference between Britain’s roles in the events of Bloody Sunday and those of present day Iraq? Is the world really so uncomplicated? You dismiss Nick Cohen’s arguments as unfailingly godawful shite and then post this comment with no substantiation? Why is it that the internet is invariably the place people come to dismiss in a few words the arguments and thoughts someone has taken the time to set down in thousands of words?

  3. 3 hughgreen February 16, 2007 at 2:47 pm

    Is there really no difference between Britain’s roles in the events of Bloody Sunday and those of present day Iraq?

    Yes, there is (a difference).

    You dismiss Nick Cohen’s arguments as unfailingly godawful shite and then post this comment with no substantiation?

    I can say whatever I like. This is, after all, the internet, and in particular, this is my website.

    Why is it that the internet is invariably the place people come to dismiss in a few words the arguments and thoughts someone has taken the time to set down in thousands of words?

    Look, I had a flick through the book, and commented on the bits I read on the DL’s site. Now, I thought I was being rather generous to Nick Cohen by saying that it had been only the bits I had read, which would allow any reasonable individual to infer that I hadn’t actually read the entire book.

    If you’re so interested in going round from website to website demanding that people write lots of words about any book they choose to comment on, why don’t you apply the same standards to Kevin Breathnach? He only has two sentences about the content of the thing, and he has read the whole book! Words written for words read, I have given better value.

    For all I know, the rest of the book is the most cogent humanitarian argument for supporting aerial bombing and nice imperialism the world has ever seen. I don’t know – maybe I’ll go back today and read another bit of the book and be so inspired by it that I’ll run down Dawson Street haranguing people for being too soft on fascism.

  4. 4 Paul Gill February 16, 2007 at 3:47 pm

    “I don’t know – maybe I’ll go back today and read another bit of the book and be so inspired by it that I’ll run down Dawson Street haranguing people for being too soft on fascism.”

    There you go again.

    Yes, I know you can post whatever you like. But what is the point in firing off a couple of polemical lines which give the reader no insight into how you came to hold such an opinion? I mean, it would be really interesting to read a post on how a symbolic gesture by the British govt at Croke Park is empty and hypocritical in light of its involvement in Iraq.

    Anyway, my apologies for directing my frustrations at you.

  5. 5 hughgreen February 16, 2007 at 4:16 pm

    Paul,

    Thanks for the comments.

    I mean, it would be really interesting to read a post on how a symbolic gesture by the British govt at Croke Park is empty and hypocritical in light of its involvement in Iraq.

    Fair enough. Short answer – I would love to, but I simply don’t have the time.


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