C'est nous qui brisons les barreaux des prisons, pour nos frères, La haine à nos trousses, et la faim qui nous pousse, la misère. Il y a des pays où les gens aux creux des lits font des rêves, Ici, nous, vois-tu, nous on marche et nous on tue nous on crève.

Sunday, 12 August 2007

Positive Content

I've been criticised by my detractors for merely taking a negative stance, and criticise what is, rather than offering an 'ought'.

In response, here are a couple of 'positive' proposals:

1. Racist warmongers should be deported to the country against which they display their enmity. For the Cronulla bogans, this means Lebanon. For Tim Blair, possibly Afghanistan. I'm sure Greg Sheridan will adapt to Iraqi life, and will be adept at using his purple prose to convince the locals of his wise, peace-making tactics.

2. Every time a warmongering cretin avoids an argument by hysterically screeching the words 'moral relativism', we should respond with the words 'moral exceptionalism'. For we believe in a universal morality that does not allow for exceptions. Murder is murder. No amount of 9/11's can morally justify the slaughter of civilians. Arguments to the contrary are, strictly speaking, non sequiturs, in the literal sense - the conclusion 'does not follow'. Nobody with a sound grasp of logic or ethics can abide such arguments.

In that spirit, here is today's cartoon from The Guardian: