Battling Terrorism?

29 Sep


Our disconcerting certainty in battling terrorism

Posted Thu at 10:05amThu 25 Sep 2014, 10:05am

We ought to wonder how a Government that weeks ago seemed incapable of attracting and holding our trust is now cast as the solid paternal guardian against nameless dread, writes Jonathan Green.

The following is an extract from Jonathan Green’s article:

“In our Senate this morning debate resumes on legislation that seeks to reset those scales in the firm concrete of law, law that may see journalists imprisoned for reporting state secrets in the public interest, may see your devices tracked, your data horded. The debate will be coloured by events, will be driven by the tensions of a moment and the frustrations of a state security apparatus that confronts that most elusive of threats: the acts of maddened individuals.

As Senator Brandis told his colleagues yesterday: “Freedom is not a given. Freedom must be secured particularly at a time when those who seek to destroy those freedoms are active, are blatant and are among us.”

As the joke goes: if they hate us for our freedoms, perhaps removing that freedom will make us safer.

Our politicians will continue to speak with tremendous certainty and assurance, but the rest of us ought to wonder.

We ought to wonder how a Government that weeks ago seemed incapable of attracting and holding our trust is now cast as the solid paternal guardian against nameless dread, how our fears have ennobled it.

We ought to wonder how an Opposition can be so desperate to share those spoils of our anxiety that while it talks down every Coalition gesture in economics, education, health and all the rest, it can find only unbounded praise for everything the Government does in national security. Somehow it manages to get that so defiantly right.

We ought to wonder, with whatever calm we can muster, just how much we are prepared to give to secure ourselves against the unknown.

And perhaps we ought not be so certain.”

Jonathan Green hosts Sunday Extra on Radio National and is the former editor of The Drum. View his full profile here.

6 Responses to “Battling Terrorism?”

  1. The Emu September 29, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

    This is a letter of mine that was published in our local paper The Sunraysia Daily, today.
    The world, and Australia has certainly changed since the days of Australia’s white Australia policy.
    Australia has never declared war on any other overseas nation, people or race.
    Australia has supported it allies at every turn throughout history.
    Through the White Australia policy, our border security and internal security was at a premium.
    Once the White Australia policy became obsolete, our border security changed, which in turn affected our internal security.
    We are now in Australia, reaping the rewards of the removal of the White Australian policy.
    We have lost control of knowing who has come to Australia, and have specifically opened all doors to all immigrants with open arms.
    Australia has always fought its enemies on foreign shores.
    Now we face the enemy of an ideology, based on a pseudo religious belief, on our own shores.
    The words of our politicians tell us to be alert and aware.
    The motto of the RSL is, the price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance.
    Words we may consider are now a little to late to absorb on Australian shores.
    Assimilation and multiculturalism is a two way path, both must come together, respecting both peoples cultures and beliefs, without expecting conformity.
    Acceptance of others cultures and beliefs, including Australia’s, leads to a harmonious, assimilated multiculturalism society.
    Our immigration policies and border security have failed Australia since the White Australia policy days.
    We are now heading down the path of other Western/European countries that opened their doors in friendship and support.

    Emu aka Ian

    • auntyuta September 30, 2014 at 6:19 am #

      Hi Ian, I read with great interest your letter to the local paper. You are right when you say that the world and Australia has changed since Australia’s White Australia Policy. I say, that maybe we should not be so afraid of change. The world has always been in a constant change. Nothing remains the same for ever. Each of us can only do our best to make the world a better place for everyone, not just for us Australians. Australia has been very good to me. I still love this country. 🙂

  2. giselzitrone September 29, 2014 at 9:37 pm #

    Wünsche dir liebe Ute eine glückliche gesunde Woche lieber Gruß und einen schönen Tag Gislinde

    • auntyuta September 30, 2014 at 6:24 am #

      Wünsche dir auch eine recht gute Woche, liebe Gislinde. Wir gehen heute zur Zahnklinik in Sydney. Hier hat der Frühling gerade erst bekommen und schon haben wir eine Hitzewelle von 30 Grad und mehr!
      Bis jetzt gefällt mir das warme Wetter recht gut! 🙂
      Liebe Grüsse, Uta

  3. stuartbramhall September 30, 2014 at 6:31 am #

    It becomes more and more clear that the true goal is to overthrow the Assad regime and transform Syria into a brutal anarchic tyranny like Libya – presumably as a stepping stone to overthrowing Iran, the last oil-producing country that refuses to serve US and Israeli interests.

    Obama indicates he plans to institute a No Fly Zone in Syria (he tried to do this last year but Congress stopped him – the US Congress is presently in recess for the midterm elections). This will allow him to shoot down Syrian fighter jets. And Turkey is waiting on the border with their tanks – they allege some Kurdish shells crossed into Turkey.

    • auntyuta September 30, 2014 at 7:14 am #

      Thanks for commenting, Stuart. But I still cannot see where all this is leading to. All I want is peace, not war.

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