Alex Massie

Deparment of naivete

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The anti-land mines brigade are claiming victory (of a sort). The NYT's The Lede is too charitable by far:

No one gets into arms control for the glamor and the primetime awards shows, but the International Campaign to Ban Landmines just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to celebrate their 10th anniversary punctuated with a pragmatic rejoinder: “Success in progress.”

Emphasis added of course. Equally obviously, that's exactly why many people "get into arms control". Ditto tree-hugging and fretting about global warming and lord knows how many other causes.

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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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