“Cloaked in the raiment”?

The Australian attacks those who oppose Australia’s world-beating cruelty to refugees because they “take the moral high ground”, or in this case more floridly put, “strenuously cloak themselves in the raiment of moral righteousness” (“Separating boats and planes”, 23/8). Aside from its ad-hominem irrelevancy, this line of argument contains a telling implicit admission that its targets are correct in terms of ethical considerations, but attempts to belittle those concerns.

To the champions of arbitrary indefinite detention, forced deportation, separation of families and other “solutions”: you want the moral low ground? It’s all yours.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.