I have devoted a long comment to Anne Applebaum, political columnist for the Washington Post, because she has an outstanding intellect and formidable erudition. I now devote a very short comment to Baroness Shirley Williams, leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords.
What words come to mind when considering a man responsible for the violent deaths of hundreds of Jews and bent on the creation of a genocidal theocracy? To Baroness Williams, musing inconsequentially in the International Herald Tribune, the most appropriate term for (and only reference in the entire article to) Sheikh Ahmed Yassin is:
... revered spiritual leader.
Even if you grant, as Baroness Williams apparently does (read her article and see if it makes any more sense to you than it does to me), that all Palestinians without exception practised this reverence, her description still strikes me as somewhat, well, incomplete.
I have been searching for several days for a witty or at least searingly ironic description of a woman who for reasons I have never been able to fathom has long been considered an asset to the quality of British public life. But it's no good.
Shirley Williams is a peerless fathead.