...But of these sophisms and elenchs of merchandise I skill not...
Milton, Areopagitica

Except he had found the
standing sea-rock that even this last
Temptation breaks on; quieter than death but lovelier; peace
that quiets the desire even of praising it.

Jeffers, Meditation On Saviors



Could or could not:

Sir Stephen Wall, a former senior adviser to Mr Blair, wrote: "The overriding reason for Britain's loss of moral authority is Blair's conviction he has to hitch the U.K. to the chariot of the U.S. president."

"Could the prime minister really not speak up for the simple proposition that the slaughter of innocent people in Lebanon, the destruction of their country and the ruin of half a million lives were wrong and should stop immediately?" Sir Stephen's analysis asked.

"Is it the conviction of our government that we should leave it to George W. Bush to set the bearings of our moral compass?"
Cowell/NYTimes 27.Jul.0
Hilary Clinton kisses Yasser Arafat's wife in 2000, generates shrieking avalanche of castigation from American Zionists, and in 2006 she's having private meetings with Rupert Murdoch and is publicly adamantly rampantly pro-Israel to the complete exclusion of anything else, including morality and/or international law.

Tony Blair, a liberal's liberal, valiant young warrior for the good guys, suddenly becomes a lapdog for somebody or other, blindly supporting war on Iraq, war on Lebanon, war on anybody, becomes that lapdog out of nowhere, and after that becoming never budges an inch from his compromised position of blind allegiance, in spite of the evidence and the - one would think - urgings of even a residual conscience.

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