In Michael Burrill’s #CurrentAffairsWrap, IS violence rises in the most horrific way, while on home turf in OZ the #Libspill is impossible to ignore.
This week, IS beheaded Japanese hostage Kenji Goto and then burnt Jordanian pilot Mouath al-Kasaesbeh alive. In response, Jordan executed the militant – attempted suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi, who IS had initially proposed trading for Goto or al-Kasaesbeh. What better way to punish a person who wanted to die for their cause? Barack O’Dronebomer claimed the immolation was “just one more indication of the viciousness and barbarity of this organisation.” Of course the US only burns people alive from a distance with white phosphorus in bombs and mortars, which is a lot more civilised. Elsewhere, a man worryingly tipped by some to be future PM of the UK, Boris Johnson, labelled jihadists “literally wankers” and “severe onanists.” Johnson went on to claim they are, “very badly adjusted in their relations with women.” Naturally Boris’ own personal “success” with women in a number of extramarital affairs means I can only label him a wanker figuratively.
With all the coverage of IS, the preamble to World War III in Ukraine has quietly (unless you happen to actually be there amongst the shelling and gunfire) rolled on. As repeated peace talks and plans have failed, things only look set to intensify. One rebel leader, Alexander Zakharchenko, is quoted as saying, “There will be general mobilisation in the Donetsk People’s Republic in 10 days’ time, we plan on mobilising up to 100,000 men,” while the US could be ready to offer Ukraine “lethal assistance.” For all the piss-taking of Tone and friends’ climate change policy by this columnist and many others, maybe they are just looking ahead to the conclusion of this conflict if it continues to escalate. Maybe when Maurice Newman talked of “global cooling” he was actually preempting nuclear winter.
Talking of Tone, despite public support from his apparent leadership rivals, Julie Bishop, Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison, widespread voter displeasure (and some from his own back bench – which Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, possibly worried he may soon have to make a speedy exit to South America, has labelled sabotage) means leadership speculation has rumbled on. Despite his attempts to stay positive, Tone looks as though he’s more likely to squint in the hope of catching a tear than to wink. The haunted look in his eyes, that of a dog who sees a sliding door slowly close in front of him just as a steaming joint of beef is placed on the dining table, has caused some confusing feelings in what he may term my “bleeding heart”…I ALMOST feel sorry for him. I guess that same “pinko lefty” world view that makes me feel sorry for the asylum seekers and the poor may be making me feel sorry for Tone on a human level. Well…almost. As the cliché goes, sometimes it’s either laugh or cry – and I’ve definitely been doing a bit of laughing, as I’m sure has Short William, though in his case it could well be laughing all the way to the lodge with barely a meaningful statement of policy in sight.
From Tone to terrorism (alright there’s a little bit more Tone), T has joined in with The Brain’s attempts last week to gain support for metadata retention by telling a press conference, “I believe that in the wake of the attack on the policemen here in Victoria, in the wake of the Martin Place siege, in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo atrocity, the public want protection, and this gives the public the protection they have a right to expect.” Though some may question what exactly the proposed legislation has to do with any of those incidents, whose perpetrators were already well known to authorities, Stanky Johnny claims that it only proves his theory that Man Haron Monis was actually a rogue cyborg who could have been stopped had the government been able to access his corrupted data centre. Elsewhere, Muslim community leaders have claimed that rather than mass surveillance, the biggest step in combating radicalisation would be tackling youth unemployment, with Keysar Trad of the Islamic Friendship Association saying, “We need jobs desperately, it’s the first thing missing in their lives. Once we’ve got that, I think all these other external influences will start to diminish.” Who’d have thought it? People who feel valued and included in a society may be less likely to want to blow it up.