Magazine article The Spectator

Where Is Our Conscience?

Magazine article The Spectator

Where Is Our Conscience?

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Gstaad will leave it to better and more serious writers than myself to comment at length about the Omagh bombing outrage. But I will ask a few extremely simple questions. a) If Gerry Adams is truthful in denouncing the horror, why isn't he passing on the relevant info to the authorities? If Gerry Adams doesn't know who planted the bomb, I'm Hillary Clinton. b) When Sinn Fein signed the Mitchell Principles, why didn't Mo Mowlam ask for at least an ounce of Semtex to be handed over in return? c) Mowlam was so weak when she agreed to release IRA murderers, is it a wonder a bomb to end all bombs was in the making? d) Having failed to insist on the decommissioning of weapons and having calmed our fears, can Tony Blair and Mo Mowlam have any credibility left after last week? e) How many times have politicians assured the people that the perpetrators of such outrages will never rest easy, and have gone on to appease them instead? f) Finally, doesn't Blair's promise to bring these subhumans to justice remind you of Clinton's promises to end ethnic cleansing in Yugoslavia?

And speaking of Kosovo - and I do have the plight of the bereaved of Omagh in mind - where is the conscience of Europe and the United States? As I write, there is a daily Omagh taking place in Kosovo, and officials of the Red Cross, which helps oversee the Geneva Convention's protection of civilians, is debating whether Slob Milosevic is violating the convention? Is this real, or is it a Salvador Dali dream sequence while high on angel dust?

Milosevic the son-of-a-bitch is trying to cleanse 2 million ethnic Albanians from Kosovo, while Bill Clinton is trying to minimise his bullshitting about the intern. And where are the Germans? Busy trying to get elected. And the French? Busy trying to excuse Clinton's behaviour because they are as crooked as he is. Thousands of civilians, overwhelmingly women and children and the elderly, are being forced by gunfire to flee their homes, and the rest of us are busy spinning whatever bee we have in our bonnets this August. The ludicrous Madeleine Albright pledges no surrender to the bombing of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and the next thing she does is order the evacuation of American diplomats from places like Pakistan. …

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