Monday, April 19, 2004

The decline and fall of "The Spectator", Part II 

I've written about it before, but it's getting worse - have a look at the selection in the latest issue of "The Spectator":

"The sound of rockets in the morning: Iraq is a disaster in the making, says Andrew Gilligan, unless the Americans learn to stop playing into the hands of their enemies."

"Things were better under Saddam: The coalition has destroyed Baathism, says Rod Liddle, and with it all hopes of the emergence of secular democracy."

"The hogs of war: Mercenaries make big money in Iraq but, says Sam Kiley, the ‘outsourcing’ of security work is adding to the chaos in the country."

But then there is this:

"The deadly Mail: Michael Gove says that the Daily Mail has been taken over by Tory appeasers who detest Americans, and the fight for Western civilisation in the Middle East."

Hey, why worry about "The Daily Mail" when it looks like they've taken over "The Spectator" too.

Not that the Brits have much credibility on the whole issue. As Mark Steyn writes: "When you look at the current hotspots of the Islamist threat — Iraq, the Khyber Pass, Kashmir, the West Bank, Sudan — America is spending a lot of time mopping up the failures of British imperialism — or, to be more charitable, of late-period fag-end fainthearted British imperialism."

Alas, Mark is the only reason still left to read "The Spectator". And he's Canadian.


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