(by Ray Dixon ~ fashion blogger to the manosphere)
Then Barack ‘Beige’ Obama just lost the war against the Islamic State before it even started.
US president Barack Obama says he has asked officials to prepare a range of military options for confronting Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria and foreshadowed recruiting international partners for potential military action.
“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse.”
” We don’t have a strategy yet.“
But I think that report could have also read:
US president Barack Obama says he has asked his wife Michelle to prepare a range of suit options before he confronts Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria and has foreshadowed recruiting international clothing designers for potential (and suitable) apparel.
“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse.”
“I don’t have a decent suit yet.“
I suggest he tries khaki.
People are creatures of habit and it is only that so many people are habituated to buying the news papers that any are still being sold at all. Just take any kind of commute on public transport and consider how many people are reading a paper and how many are staring at a screen instead. Some certainly may be playing games or even watching video but I expect that they will be out numbering those who are still reading dead tree editions of the MSM.
Then there is the things in the paper that people buy them for, most papers are not exclusively about politics and current affairs anyway, so some readers will be buying the paper for its coverage of sport, lifestyle or even just for the crossword puzzles. My point is that the political classes (in particular those from the left ) just look at the raw sales figured and they think that every reader of the Herald Sun is in the thrall of Rupert Murdoch and that the owners dictate to their readers directing their opinions. The reality is that all media entities write to their audience. If they don’t their audience wither away quite quickly. With the coming of the internet this is even more how things work Online entities are even more in an endless quest for readers so you have to play to what your readers want rather than thinking that you can manipulate their thinking. I have been writing a blog for nearly a decade now and I have noticed just how quickly particular readers flit in and out its the same now with the way that people read things online from the likes of Murdoch, Fairfax or even the Guardian People don’t just get their news from one source any more no matter what the subject is they will read what several sources say about it and then make up their mind. This behaviour is the same when it comes to broadcast TV people flit form one channel to another seeking different perspectives. My argument is simple, if the media consumers have changed their habits then perhaps there is something in the notion that media diversity laws from the last century should perhaps reflect those changes as well.
Who can be ignorant of the ongoing civil war in Syria? As our blessed leader observed its a case of the bad guys fighting other bad guys and sadly in these days of easy international travel some of those bad guys just happen to hold Australian passports. The question is should we move to strip them of their Australian citizenship for doing so?
Late last year Broadmeadows bricklayer Yusuf Toprakkaya, 30, was killed fighting for the rebels. He had changed his name to Abdul al-Walid al-Australi, similar to our first suicide bomber, Abu Asma al Australi, a nasty piece of work from Brisbane who drove a truck and 12 tonnes of explosives at an airport checkpoint in eastern Syria, killing 35.
These two men and the three other “Australians” who have died with them were criminals. As are the other 200 still fighting in Syria.
Then Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus spelled that out at the time, their offences including breaking the Foreign Incursions Act, the Criminal Code Act (by assisting a proscribed terrorist group) and the arms sanctions imposed by us on Syria. They face serious charges when and if they return “home”.
But we should go a step further. It is a privilege to be issued an Australian passport, although I have no quibble with Australians holding passports for another country. I do so myself.
But “Australians” who use their second passport as a ticket to go to war in another country – like the Serbians “Aussies” who went to Kosovo in the late 1990s to kill Albanians – should have their Australian citizenship revoked.
Even respected criminal lawyer, Rob Stary, who has represented terror suspects and is known for his generous estimate of some fellows you’d rather not live near, believes some offenders should forfeit their citizenship. He sees Benbrika as an example and believes we should be able to revoke such criminals’ citizenship.
“I wouldn’t have a blanket provision that once you are an Australian citizen, you are immune to deportation or revocation of citizenship,” Stary said.
It’s one thing to “turn back the boats” of desperate asylum seekers as the Liberal Government vowed to do in opposition, but what about those who have already entered: the now Australian Muslims who want to conduct Islam’s centuries-long civil war between Shia and Sunni wheresoever it erupts?
The 200 Australians fighting in Syria have mostly been associating with groups that are proxies for al-Qaeda. Brainwashed and radicalised, they are the last “Australians” we need.
We shouldn’t worry that they have Australian wives, or Australian children. We should worry about ourselves. Their Australian passports should be cancelled.
I think that if stripping them of citizenship were to render them stateless it would be easy to say a very resounding “no” to taking away their right to be an Aussie but in this day and age when dual citizenship is the rule rather than exception they would still have citizenship of their country of origin so that would not be an issue. Or should it continue to be the case that once they have aquired citizenship that nothing should ever take it from them?
What do ya reckon Comrades?
- Push to stop Australian fighters coming home from Syrian battlefields (abc.net.au)
- ‘Ban Syrian fighters’ says ex-Army chief (skynews.com.au)
- Syria war combatants to be shut out of Australia (craighill.net)
- Get tough on youths fighting in Syria:Carr (sbs.com.au)
- Bye-bye, birthplace (bbc.co.uk)
- MP wants debate on Australians fighting in Syria (abc.net.au)
- ASIO concerned about domestic terrorism from Syrian conflict (abc.net.au)
- Dual citizenship (adizokanan.wordpress.com)
Sadly far too many of the compassionate left tend to think that when the people rise up in revolt against a despot the rebels must by definition be fighting the good fight and there for they should be worthy of both moral endorsement and material support.Back in the real world those of us who are more sensible realise that often its really a pissing contest between the despicable and the utterly contemptible.Thus I have been entirely unmoved and rather uninterested in the whole “Arab spring” thing in general and the war in Syria in particular. When it comes to the endless killing in places like Iraq where we are seeing the centuries old schism between Sunni and Shia Muslims played out in the form endless bombings,and other acts of violence. The civil war in neighbouring Syria is another page form the same book and I tend to think that the desire to stop the blood shed there is virtuous however the reality is that any cessation of hostilities is hardly likely to have any permanence . Put simply you don’t resolve centuries old animosities with socialist good intentions. So I found my self in agreement with, of all people , Sarah Palin:
Palin is right here when it comes to these internecine conflicts we should just let these idiots kill each other and let their god sort out who is right in the after life. With any luck they will wipe each other all out in an orgy of religious fervour. My concern about this war is the number of Australians of Syrian extraction who hop on a -plane and go “home” to fight against Assad. This strikes me as being the clear problem with notions of dual citizenship. I think that any Australian duel citizens who play soldiers in the war overseas they should have to show cause why they should not be stripped of their Australian citizenship especially if they have been fighting for an ideology that is antithetical to our secular democracy .