quote of the day
Tim Dunlop has a must-read post on why the rationale for war of three national administrations -- that of the United States, Great Britain and Australia -- must be examined:
Most of us accept that when it comes security intelligence there are some things we can't know about. But we surrender this level of involvement in the self-governing system that is democracy on the understanding that our representatives are trustworthy, accurately portray the broad picture even if they can't tell specific details, and if they are ultimately accountable for the way they explained the secret stuff to us.
When the topic at hand is war, the obligation for politicians to be trustworthy before the fact and accountable afterwards is set to maximum. There's is no argument now about whether inquiries should be mounted or evidence presented or leaders be asked to explain themselves. This is simply night-follows-day terriroty, a statement of the bleeding obvious. We shouldn't even need to ask; what we couldn't know then should simply be presented to us now. This is moved beyond any doubt under the circumstances we are currently in where the failure to find the promised motherload has suggested to even Blind Freddy that there is a mismatch between rhetoric and reality.
But this is not happening. In the US, efforts are still being made to keep any inquiry confidential and George W. Bush, as usual, has not subjected himself to any public questioning. Tony Blair has refused to appear before his country's inquiry, though at least has had to front parliament, where all he has said is "be patient". In Australia, the government is doing everything it can to block an inquiry, aided and abetted by an opposition that couldn't organise a root in a brothel.
A government that refuses to fully explain itself is shifting the emphasis from the consent of the governed to the whim of the governers, at which point we are right to suggest our democratic sovreignty has been placed at the top of a incline that is being smothered with baby oil as we sit and watch. [Emphasis added]