Deepest commiserations to everyone – Turkish, British or other, Jewish, Muslim, Christian or atheist – who’s lost a relative or friend, or been injured, in this week’s Istanbul bombings. And utter scorn and contempt for the vile bastards who carried them out – I hope they’re suitably disappointed with the heavenly raisins they sacrificed their lives to obtain.
This is the kind of act that make you realise how bloody stupid the partisan rhetoric that most of us indulge in from time to time really is – especially given the juxtaposition with today’s anti-Bush demonstrations.
To the anti-war types – you’re absolutely, irredeemably demented if you think that Mr Blair and Mr Bush’s actions are morally equivalent, or even comparable, to what happened in Turkey today and on Saturday.
To the pro-war types – you’re absolutely, irreedemably demented if you think that the anti-war activists’ actions are morally equivalent, or even comparable, to what happened in Turkey today and on Saturday.
Supporting the war doesn’t make you a murderer. Opposing it doesn’t mean you support murderers. It’s sad that there are people on both sides who genuinely believe this about their opponents.