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As if we need reminding this is a horrible consequence of war, any kind of war can result in the death of anyone who gets too close to the battle ground. my question is why was a commercial aircraft over a “no fly zone” at all? Even if it was a thousand feet above the ceiling of that exclusion zone it was obviously not enough to avoid being targeted and shot down. As we are talking about the former Soviet Union here the assumption that the combatants would not have access to sophisticated anti aircraft ordnance capable of downing high flying aircraft is obviously catastrophically wrong.
Its also a horrible coincidence that the aircraft belongs to Malaysian Airlines, the company that brought you that disappearing plane trick not so long ago. Anyone want to predict the airline’s chances of survival now? You might get better odds on them serving bacon sarnies on future flights.
Then again this might not have been a missile strike at all, it could be the result of the old favorite of a “bomb on the plane” itself and its location of destruction could be nothing more than a coincidence. Time will tell and reveal the truth, but by the time it happens we will have buried the bodies and largely forgotten the whole thing.
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The woman was taken to Mascot Police Station / Picture: Justin Lloyd Source: News Corp Australia
While Ray and Jeff want to play down any instance of Islamic maleficence we just keep hearing reports about the most extreme followers of that faith who have been welcomed into this country taking up the gun and the bomb in the name of Allah, Like the Brisbane woman arrested and charged yesterday:
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Lets be real here the base of the problem with the local would be Jihadis is multifaceted, firstly under the credo of multiculturalism immigrants are encouraged to maintain the strongest ties with their originating culture and homeland, secondly they are discouraged from making any critique of that culture, finally modern communication means that its hard to truly separate and distance oneself from the dysfunction and conflicts in your homeland. What this boils down to is that most recent immigrants may be here, in Australia in body but in spirit they well and truly remain in their country of origin. This is especially so when you come from a language and culture tradition that is so different from that which is current in Australia.
Home is where the heart is the aphorism tells us, and if you are committed to fighting and possibly dying for a country other than Australia do you really have the right to “call Australia home”? The report tells us that upwards of 100 Australian citizens are fighting in the Syrian civil war and I can'[t help thinking that those who are doing so should be stripped of their Australian citizenship and prohibited from ever re-entering this country.
Let Allah sort the bad from the baddest
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Stories such as this are perennial favourites in the Fairfax press, it seems that they just love any piece that validates “alternative” medicine and you know what I am happy to admit that for some people any kind of mumbo jumbo will appear to be efficacious but if you burrow down into things like this you will find that the result is almost certainly an artefact of the placebo effect, where faith in the efficacy of a treatment makes it so. In essence its a case of “patient heal thyself” . Cynics like yours truly who have a rather negative view of acupuncture will of course get no benefit from being poked with needles, and yes I have tried it and found it to be utterly useless.
Acupuncture to treat existential pain