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No Christmas on Christmas Island
On 19 October 2001, 146 children, 142 women and 65 men drowned in horrific circumstances that are fully documented and explained now at http://www.sievx.com/ although the Howard government did their very best to cover up the fact that they were well aware of the criminal coward behind the tragedy nearly two years before it happened and also covered up the fact that they were aware of everything about the vessel which came to be known as SIEVX.
Since then two wars have been started by Howard and his cronies along with Bush and Blair, all in the bogus name of the "terror", and for a short time refugees stayed closer to home to see if things might improve if Saddam Hussein and the Taliban were no longer around.
History has shown that is not the case: the violence in Iraq that we unleashed continues unabated with Christians and other minorities singled out for murder, suicide bombings, and even killing by the so-called "allies" by "accident", which of course are not really accidents.
We have now seen a few thousand Afghans (99.7% acceptance rates), Iranians escaping the crackdown and brutality since the election (acceptance rate 98.5%), Iraqis (97%), Tamils fleeing the hell that has been created since the "end" of the war (acceptance rates 89) DIAC chart 43, page 83 of annual report and again the racist cowards and ranters are out in force demanding they be drowned, shot or any other atrocity they can think of rather than see the human face of the people they trash.
It is reported that every day in Afghanistan 850 kids die of hunger and disease (310,000 per annum) even with the billions in so-called aid we have poured into the country over the past nine years. Every day 51 women die in childbirth but here we whine that men come with their kids and don't consider that these men want to save their children from the fate of their brothers, sisters and/or mothers.
We see hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans blown to bits; it is not deemed to be a tragedy, merely collateral damage in two wars that were and always will be illegal and immoral.
The reaction to the accident today is bizarre.
Andrew Bolt blames Gillard and says she has blood on her hands. Really, Andrew? The boat crashed in full view of many cameras because it was caught in the worst seas ever seen on Christmas Island.
The Australian is blaming "people smugglers", yet the crew got the passengers to Christmas Island in complete safety as have others over the years. The so-called smugglers are only destitute Indonesian crew who do the bidding of the refugees. Tom Allard in the Age is reporting that even though we promised to re-settle 500 refugees from Indonesia each year we have not done so, yet we pay to have them jailed illegally in Indonesia in hellish conditions and blame them when they dare to escape.
In fact the record shows that we accepted 17 Afghan refugees from Washington last year and two from Jakarta, no wonder they can't wait in the hellholes we provide.
This was an accident but there needs to be answers to some questions.
1. Why was the navy tracking them for two days, well aware that conditions on the island were terrible and let them proceed anyway?
2. Why did a rescue take so long?
And many others.
There is a ghost in my head tonight though - the ghost of the beautiful and tragic Amal Hassan Basry who survived the SIEVX tragedy with her son only to die of cancer in Australia.
She told Michael Gordon of the Age, "I was like a camera, I saw everything".
This time it was real cameras that saw everything and as sickened as I am by this I could clearly see it was an accident.
No-one is to blame unless we start with the mullahs in Iran who are cracking down on dissidents and Christians and the murderous thugs in Iraq and work our way down to Australia having them jailed in Indonesia and not allowing them safe passage to this country under the law.
It's not like we can pretend we care about them as we just lock them up anyway and pretend they have done something wrong, we never correct the record to shut up the ranting haters and we don't ever acknowledge the humanity of the people.
Even the US noted the cruelty and politics involved in one of the many cables released by Wiki.
We have to stop jailing refugee applicants – that is the bottom line.