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Edition # 7
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The Inky Darkness of Terrorempty space gif
Our outspoken columnist John Crow has his say.

While wreckered readers may raise eyebrows at my support for Tony Blair in these his troubled times, John Crow has never shirked from planting his flag in the corner of the underdog. Not to do so would ill behove me.

For too long now, the unholy alliance of the loony left and the raving right have been taking pot shots at the Prime Minister for daring to stand up to Saddam Hussein and his Al Quaeda legions. Yes, it is true that we were misled and even lied to by government in the run-up to the Iraq war, but let us bear in mind that in times of national crisis it is incumbent on governments of all persuasions to keep us in the dark when it comes to matters of national security. Does the mushroom complain about the absence of light as it grows to manhood ? No. Do the strange fish which exist in the inky darkness of the ocean floors complain about the activities of the dolphins who frolic above ? No. Then let us be calm when some would have us panic, let us be resolute when some would have us disjointed and let us show grit in the eye of the storm.

With the news that terrorists now have access to the so-called weather bomb, it is ever more vital that we stand united in ignorance and keep faith with the men and women of MI6 and the SAS whose lives are first on the line in times such as these.
In light of this horrifying new threat, it is up to society and the individual to remain alert for suspicious packages and to peer closely at unfamiliar faces - no matter how alien the peering may be to the traditionally reserved British character. Fear not the outrage of the innocent upon whom you may peer. Fear not the mockery of those who would live in ignorance. For, as Adam Ant once said, "Ridicule is nothing to be scared of."

To Tony Blair I say, heed those words of Adam Ant and remain defiant among the gainsayers, stand firm against the chattering classes and guide us from the darkness only when, as a nation, we show that we can stand the light.

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John Crow (above) speaks eloquently of how it would ill-behove him to not plant his flag in the corner of the underdog. However, it is surely time that we reassess the whole sorry conflict in Iraq and call the damn thing a draw.

There is no shame in this. It is a simple fact of life. Draws happen. And, in the famous words of Jeanette Rankin, "You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake". Indeed, it may be to women that we look for further war wisdom: if only George W had heeded the words of his mother Barbara, who famously and eloquently once declared "War is not nice." But then, when have world leaders ever listened to their mums ?

With the body bag count rising, the admission by George W that there never was a link between Saddam and Al Quadea, the continued reluctance of the UN to clean up the coalition mess and the ever spiraling financial cost of keeping troops in Iraq with no clear exit strategy, the words of Agatha Christie add further weight to the wisdom of women. "One is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing; that to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one".

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