Wednesday 7 June 2017
Christopher Pyne is often called ‘The mouth who roared’ because of the way he feigns indignation. His reaction are certainly ‘over the top’ at times.
Some people, in order to push their own agendas, are much the same: so quick off the mark that they can often get their facts wrong and humiliate people. Some like the bigoted Pauline Hanson and Donald Trump express a view that is deliberate with hatred pursed on sinister lips.
Take both of their responses to the latest London Bridge attacks. While the citizens of England struggled with a second attack and the victims wrestled with the horrific invasion of their personal liberties, the two bigots, and others, ignored the anguish of the dying and injured and instead tactlessly delivered their anti-Muslim rage.
Without even a comforting word Hanson used a police message; “Run, Hide, Tell”, to create a meme to end Islamic immigration to Australia “before Australia reaches 5% like England”.
Likewise, before even offering condolences, Donald Trump tactlessly used the events to urge courts to allow his failed travel ban on certain Muslim countries, tweeting ”We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!”
Contrary to the calm, judicious thoughtful words of a President Obama that would instill sympathy President Trump tweeted.
”We need to be smart, vigilant and tough.”
Another tweet on Sunday Trump revived an old run in with City Mayor — Sadiq Khan, a liberal Muslim and an old Trump foil — for not being tough enough protecting his citizens.
”At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’”
He had of course in his own reckless arrogant manner completly taken the Mayor out of context.
The Mayor had urged Londoners, in a BBC interview that was replayed, not to be ”alarmed” by an increased police presence in the city. He said that after condemning the “deliberate and cowardly attack” as ”barbaric.”
Never one to know when he has said enough Trump raises the question of guns:
”Do you notice we are not having a gun debate right now? That’s because they used knives and a truck!” he tweeted.
Britain, like Australia, has some of the world’s strictest laws on gun purchases. The death toll in London might have been higher had the attackers used the kind of semi-automatic weapons of war that are more easily attainable in the United States.
And so with a few unedifying tweets from the egomaniacal mentally unstable President the stoic disposition, determination and decency of the British people and their leaders had been molested.
Instead of apologising, the next day Trump went in harder tweeting; ”Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his ‘no reason to be alarmed’ statement. MSM is working hard to sell it!”
The leader of the Australian opposition described Hanson’s words thus: ”It’s disgusting and inappropriate,” Shorten said. ”We don’t even know fully what has happened and now what we’ve got is people using this for the crassest of political messages within hours of this event happening.”
‘I would just say to those people on the extremes of Australian politics, hold your horses. An event like this should make you realise that Australians need to stick together.”
”The only way we stop these things from happening is by us being united in our determination to stick together.”
Hanson hit back at Shorten, tweeting ”The people of Britain have been let down by their leaders. It’s so frustrating to see fools like Bill Shorten making the same mistakes.”
Australian Conservatives Senator Cory Bernardi piped in before the ambulances were entering the causality wards:
”Alas too many still refuse to see the problem in our own midst. We need to defend our values, defend our culture, accept the problem is directly inspired by Islam and plan accordingly.”
”Australia is tired of Labor, the Greens and the Liberals RUNNING their campaign that Islam is good for Australia.”
”The fact that terrorism is related to the Islamic teachings” and that Australians are tired of telling politicians “Islam is incompatible with Australian values”
“Modern Australia is ”diversity”. In all its forms, together with multiculturalism it defines us as a nation. People of my generation and later should divest themselves of their old and inferred racist superiority.”
When the searching eyes of truth fall upon us one overpowering, unconsidered circumstance becomes apparent. That is that there is too much distance between society and government. As far as terrorism is concerned political parties need to put aside their own political self-interest and build bridges between all sections of the community.
Our initial response to any situation or question should be a consistently good and thoughtful one. Raised angry voices, even if entitled, serve no purpose other than to satisfy the extremists and make the ill-informed feel good about themselves.
We have no choice but to concede that combating street terrorism is almost impossible to do. The public needs to be onside and the authorities need to convince them that 99% of Muslims practice their religion peacefully, much the same as Christians, Buddhists and others do. The war on terror is against the 1% of Muslims who have a warped, sadistic view of the religion they follow which is fuelled ”in part” by practices of the West over hundreds of years.
If one of the sadists, in the name of Allah wants to drive down the middle of Burke Street at 80KPH there is little we can do to prevent it. We have no choice but to place our faith in the authorities best served to deal with the problem.
Most vital though as I see it is the breakdown of the distance between the Government and faith communities. The Muslim community needs to do more to educate their young and if necessary be given the extra resources to do so.In particular something has to be done with a conservative right-wing media more intent on sensationalising anything , in the guise of free speech.
Dealing with these incredibly difficult horror filled events are not helped when people like Abbott, Hanson, Janet Albrechtson, Miranda Devine, Dennis Shanahan, Paul Kelly, Chris Kenny, Gerard Henderson, Paul Sheehan, Miranda Divine, Smith, Steve Lewis and Ray Hadley continuously light the flame of racism.
My thought for the day.
”Will we ever grow intellectually to the point where we are able to discern and understand the potential for the good within us.”