It baffles me that the Left is so enraged by the Daily Mail. After all, the Mail has been as dhimmi as anyone when it comes to the war and if wanting your country to lose to a bunch of head-hacking savages doesn’t score points with Liberals then nothing will. It’s not just that the Mail is relentlessly downbeat, it’s that it pushes the ‘Surrender Now!’ line even in the most insane of contexts. Take how it reports on Blair’s latest outrage against good sense:
When you're one of the world's richest rock stars, a knighthood is probably just another string to your bow.So talking about Bono leads the Mail onto Iraq. Of course. Still, the Mail does inadvertently sink one of the Left’s favourite excuses, namely that hoping your country is defeated is actually the highest form of patriotism. In the self-same article we get this insight into what the Mail thinks of Britain:
But the premature announcement that Bono is to be honoured has sparked fury among MPs who see it is a cynical political ploy by Downing Street's spin machine.
They have accused Tony Blair of "cheapening" the honours system and trying to shift attention from Iraq by breaking the news about the U2 frontman one week ahead of the rest of the New Year's honours.
His decision to accept the award contrasts with the image of an anti-establishment rock star whose song Sunday Bloody Sunday became an anthem for the IRA.This is history as Martin McGuiness would tell it. You can hate George W Bush all you want, but don’t claim publishing vile pro-IRA rubbish somehow constitutes patriotism. If the Mail gets any loonier, the BBC will start advertising in it.
The track about the horror of the 1972 incident when British paratroopers shot 26 civil rights protesters, killing 13, was released in 1983 at the height of the Troubles.
It was adopted by Republicans who interpreted it as an attack on the British occupation of Northern Ireland but Bono later insisted that he had been misunderstood and the song was an appeal for peace.