do not let this idiot get us involved in another war, under the pretence of "caring"...
Tony Abbott's war-time posturing isn't real, but rather a concocted political spinfest — those who know real fear can tell the difference, writes Sophie Love.
WHEN I WAS 10, my father was commanding a paratroop regiment in Ireland.
My father was on the IRA hitlist and every time we were going to use the car, I had to check under it for incendiary devices. I'm quite sure that I didn't really know what I was looking for, but I clearly remember peering under the car looking for anything different or strange. It was my job. Not your average childhood chore!
Every night, my Mother and I would watch the 6 o'clock news, holding our breath, to see if there had been any violence in Ireland. If there had been an incident, we would wait, barely breathing, rigid with fear, to see if my father would phone. If we still had a family. When the telephone finally rang, we would stop breathing again until Mummy heard my father's voice — then we could breathe. I would go to bed. All was well. For another day.
Gus: dropping food parcel to besieged people is one thing, but sending planes to drop ammunitions to whatever "organisations" such as the Kurds, is being a stupid part of war which thus can become a gigantic sore on this planet. The Kurds are deemed to be "terrorists" by Turkey and Iraq, though they are fighting against Isis which we have described as our enemies...
Not only that, the Kurdish PKK which will end up with the Aussie weapons (bought in Europe) has been declared a terrorist organisation by the USA and Australia. Yet we loved the Kurds when they fought against Saddam but loved them less when they fought against the regime we (the US) installed in Iraq...
As Salman Rushdie stated without any ambiguity whatosever, the source of the problems in this region, problems such as Isis, lies exclusively with Saudi Arabia and its push to promote Wahhabism through out the rest of the world.
Because of our addiction to carbon (of course oil) the Saudis have become "our friends" and yet they strongly support Isil against the Syrian government and the Iraqi government... Whether these governments are corrupt or stupid or good is irrelevant.
The question is, will the Saudi and their Wahhabist friends (the UAE) let Isil fall... ?
The UAE has been bombing Syria for while now, on whose behalf?... I would suspect that this was performed on behalf of the Americans and the Saudis, against the Shiites. Meanwhile, the Isis is a Sunni invasion and religious re-invention of Sunnis in Iraq, which has become a US nightmare but a Saudi blessing... It's not going to end well, unless the Americans and their subordinates tell the Saudi to rack off... in a very non-diplomatic way.... Saddam was definitely not as bad as the Saudi king... who is playing a complex game of deceit...