Shaving face may be a high priority for an Asian but in the real world of international diplomacy it can be very costly. And SBY has foreshadowed a showdown that is likely to leave him without a face to shave. Larry Pickering
… don’t think so. Â No-one dares mention the possibility of a military conflict with Indonesia, it’s a taboo subject, but many have wondered, “what if”. How would Australia fare in a war with the most populous Islamic nation on earth? A nation with ten times our population and a GDP approaching that of China’s?Â
One thing is certain about this crisis with Indonesia: the Prime Minister is stuffing this up completely.
Posted by: Neil Mitchell:
The Indonesians are bullies – illogical, threatening bullies… They are not interested in friendship. They seem at times interested in our dollars, but a friendship has to go both ways and, at the moment, it is all from us. That’s the end of me ever going to Indonesia… Tony Abbott has to tread carefully… But he has to stand up for this country, too.Â Abbott should not say sorry, should not apologise and the rest of us should say get stuffed
WHAT self-serving, malevolent shysters – deliberately damaging Australia and blaming Tony Abbott for it.
Who are these hypocrites who betray Australia, peddle a traitor’s leaks and demand we surrender to Indonesia, just to destroy a Prime Minister they hate? Â (Read full article here.)
Who would take advice from a complete failure like that?
- FORMER prime minister Julia Gillard has suggested Tony Abbott follow the example of US President Barack ObamaÂ … can we allow this despicable tard Â to cause even more damage to Australia?
THE AGE doesn’t know very much at all:
KRudd was only as bad a leader as Labor let him be:
- Labor twice made Rudd prime minister and two month ago told us to keep him as prime minister for another three years.
The red ratbags from the ABC are the enemy of Australia:
“Given the ABC’s preparedness to publish stolen top-secret documents that impact upon our national security, one needs to question whether they are a suitable organisation to be operating an important diplomatic outreach,”
Spare us the hypocrisy:
INDONESIA has strengthened its ability to spy on AustraliaÂ and other neighbours this year by boosting its army’s intelligence unit and buying new eavesdropping equipment, despite claims by Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa that his country has no need to spy on foreign governments…
Headless, Allahu Akbar!
It’s probably just an occupational hazard for those in the head-chopping caper. When you’re out there every day busily carving away at infidels and other betrayers of the faith, all heads must eventually look the same.
So it’s no surprise when the occasional routine slaughter goes awry.
Last week Islamist rebels in Syria asked for “understanding and forgiveness” after cutting off theÂ wrong man’s head. The victim, Mohammad Fares Marroush, had earlier ended up in an Aleppo hospital after being injured in battle. Loaded with painkillers, the delirious man apparently said one or two things that convinced localÂ local head removalistsÂ he was a follower of Islam’s Shia branch instead of being one of their anti-government allies.
That’s a big mistake when you’re in Sunni territory. During the night, as he slept in hospital, Mr Marroush reportedly became detached from his head – which went on toÂ starÂ in the latest death-to-the-unbelievers online tape, held aloft by his killers.
Say what you will about the failings of the NSW health system, but you can generally make it through the evening without a significant portion of you appearing onÂ Syria’s Decapitatiest Home Videos.
Last week also brought news that an Australian had joined theÂ Syrian population explosion. The man, believed to be from Brisbane and lately going by the name Abu Asma al-Australi, turned up on YouTube swearing a few Koranic oaths before riding a bomb-loaded truck towards a Syrian army base.
The subsequent detonation killed dozens of Muslim soldiers and converted the former Brisbane resident into, depending on your view of these things, either a revered martyr for Mohammed or a pointless red mist with eyeballs.
Then again, this could be yet another of those crazy Syrian identity mix-ups. The Brisbane man’s brother claims that he’s still alive, and offered this gentle opinion on Aussies who join their Islamist mates in combat overseas: “Just because our religious outlook is a bit more fundamentalÂ doesn’t mean we’re extremist.”
Well, that’s a relief. It would be terrible if anyone got the impression there was anything extreme going on. Meanwhile, the bit-more-fundamentalists in Gaza are in conflict again with their Fatah co-religionists. Israeli newspaperÂ HaaretzÂ recently reported: “For the past few weeks, the security apparatus in the Strip has beenÂ arresting Fatah supporters, including adolescents, raiding homes and warning people not to demonstrate. There are reports of torture.”
Just as in Syria, the Hamas-Fatah feud exists between Muslims. The Islamic world is rife with these bloody disputes, which are currently far deadlier than any disagreements with Israel or the US.
We even have our own local version of intra-Islamic fighting in Sydney. The Muslim-dominated Brothers 4 Life crime gang previously fought with other western Sydney outfits but has recently taken to shooting and killing fellow members. “It’s difficult to classify it as one type of conflict,” NSW Deputy Commissioner Nick Kaldas said earlier this month. Kaldas went on to wonder if the attacks were “a power struggle or people simply being offended about something that’s been said, and acting in aÂ quite irrational wayÂ by shooting someone instead of arguing.”
Indeed. Let’s not lose our heads over minor points of difference – or, in the case of the unfortunate Mohammad Fares Marroush, over points of complete similarity. Naturally, in the wake of all this Muslim against Muslim mayhem, Hizb ut-Tahrir spokesmanÂ Uthman BadarÂ emerged last week to claim that the Australian government was deliberately trying to antagonise Muslims into reacting violently.
“These laws and the surveillance tactics of ASIO and counter-terrorism police is begging for a reaction from disenfranchised Muslims,” theÂ Hizbie honchoÂ said. “The government should be warned.”
Here’s a better idea, Uthman. Warn your fellow Muslims instead. They’re the ones getting killed.