Thursday afternoon often sees me near the Enoggera Army Base where alongside the main road we of the ‘Vigil’ hold posters protesting Australia’s involvement in the criminal invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Today was a bit different.
Stand Fast appeared before the Army Camp’s main gate with a small groups of anti-war activists who held a Speak Out event that was covered by the media.
This is a fairly poignant time as Australian soldiers have recently been dropping like flies owing to the increase in hostilities where they are operating in Afghanistan.
Many of those who have died were Queenslanders.
Honour guards, flag-draped caskets and tearful funerals attended by somber politicans are becoming all too frequent. And it is all totally unnecessary.
We could stop anytime we wanted rather than ‘finish the job’ and ‘stay the distance’ in a military adventure of dubious value to Australia instigated by war criminals against sovereign non-aggressive nations.
I’m reminded of a quote by Mohammed Ali (formerly Cassius Clay) who refused to serve with the US Army in Vietnam as saying “No Vietnamese ever called me Nigger!”
Admittedly, the political platform of former Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd included the withdrawal of Australian troops from Iraq and that has happened.
But in the latest federal election neither of the major political parties questioned Australia’s involvement in Afghanistan.
Amongst the eventual winners was the Green Party which did have the withdrawal of Australian troops in their policy.
Also amongst those voted in was the Independent candidate Andrew Wilkie, a former soldier who worked in the Intelligence community until he quit when he spoke out about the lies regarding Sadam Hussein’s Weapons of Mass Destruction the government and the media were foisting on an unsuspecting public encouraging Australia’s participation in the Coalition of the Killing.
The fact that he wasn’t given the same treatment as the British weapons expert Dr David Kelly is perhaps a true credit to this land Australia.
Now he’s one of 3 Independents and the Greens who will hopefully keep Julia Gillard’s Labor government afloat, and he has demanded the withdrawal of Australian troops from Afghanistan.
As the Chinese curse goes: ‘May you live in interesting times’.
Well, Sunshine, we’re there.
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See also: QUT News