Tim Blair


New Criterion



Thursday, June 03, 2004
AUSTRALIA'S OWN RELIC of Anglicanism past, Tom Frame, who stood up bravely for the justice of liberating Iraq from Saddam, has drawn some of Mark Steyn's contempt.

In Australia, where the Warmongers Club was never exactly overcrowded, Tom Frame, Bishop to the Australian Defence Force and the last muscular Christian in the Anglican communion, has pronounced it "neither manifestly just nor, it can be argued, even necessary", on the grounds that there are no weapons of mass destruction and no links between Saddam Hussein and al-Qa'ida. On the first point, apparently a bomb with enough sarin to kill 60,000 people doesn't count. And on the second, nor do the Iraqi intelligence memos detailing contacts with Osama bin Laden, or the three-day meeting between Lieutenant-Colonel Ahmed Hikmat Shakir of the Fedayeen Saddam with three of the men who subsequently crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Phooey, says the Bishop. It is now an "unjust war".

Even if Saddam were as benign as his fellow-travellers now claim, I wonder how Frame applies his morality by hindsight in other fields of human conduct.