Liberal Party want to bomb Iraq, again. #Warmongers

Courtesy of David Pope
Courtesy of David Pope

There is no doubt about it in my mind, the Liberal Party love war.

This week Tony Abbott has opened the door for Australian forces to re-engage in the war in Iraq. A war born from Western intervention, with an enemy raised in opposition to such intervention.

Bombing Iraq again will not make Australia safer. It will make Australia less safe. It will give extremists and excuse to target Australian’s both here and overseas.

This is NOT a beneficial foreign relations move for us to make. It is warmongering, we haven’t even been asked to send in forces and already the Liberal Party are sabre rattling.

It’s very much like when Abbott jumped the gun and sent SAS soldiers to the UK in advance of what he presumed was a ‘likely deployment’ to Ukraine. The Liberal Party are using war rhetoric to stoke fear in the population as a distraction. Continue reading Liberal Party want to bomb Iraq, again. #Warmongers

USA, Maliki, ISIS and Iraq’s Sunni – It’s a long story. #100daysofblogging #Day15

ISIS - Made in the USASince I posted about the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Shams (ISIS) ‘seizing’ Mosul a few days ago, my understanding of the situation has progressed.

While it is true Mosul has fallen out of control of the Iraqi government and that ISIS flags have been raised, it is not clear that a Jihadist element is “in control’ of Mosul.

I have had conversations with Iraqi friends and they all certainly confirm the ‘fall’ of Mosul.

However, suggestions about who is ‘in control’ of Mosul vary. There are rumours of “Saddam’s men” being involved. Equally there are reports of foreign Jihadi’s and local sectarian militias. The reality is likely to be all three are involved.

They have been since the early days of the occupation of Iraq in 2003.

When I see reports suggesting Jihadist ISIS has $2.5bn worth of assets after ‘taking’ Mosul, I’m sceptical. There are a lot of things I’m sceptical about with the reporting of the situation, actually (read Juan Cole’s 7 myths).

I do not believe Baghdad is under any ‘threat’ of being captured by ISIS. They have no support base there. There is no way they could hold it. Continue reading USA, Maliki, ISIS and Iraq’s Sunni – It’s a long story. #100daysofblogging #Day15

Islamic State of Iraq & al-Shams seizes Mosul #100daysofblogging #day9

Image courtesy of The Guardian
Image courtesy of The Guardian

So, here we are again. Blogging about devastation in Iraq.

At the moment, a religious extremist militia is seizing control over much of the North and West of the country including one of the worlds oldest cities, Mosul.

I’ve written a lot about Iraq in the past. Commenting on the Iraq war was why I started blogging in the first place, back in 2005.

This is perhaps the most serious strategic upheaval that has occurred in Iraq since the civil war of 2006/07, the resultant US troop surge and eventual ‘withdrawal’ of international combat forces.

There have been elections. There have been some significant protests. There have been far too many random explosions. There has also been a variety of sectarian political manoeuvring. Then Vice President of Iraq Tariq al-Hashimi, the most senior Sunni in the Iraqi Government, was even sentenced to death after being charged with murder in 2011 and later found ‘guilty in absentia’.

But this is a whole other kettle of fish. ISIS are no joke. Continue reading Islamic State of Iraq & al-Shams seizes Mosul #100daysofblogging #day9

Podcast EP7 – Housing Affordability, Edward Snowden and the Manning Trial

Episode 7 of the (un) Common Sense Podcast is now available!

This episode of the podcast includes:

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Everything must change

There comes a line when politicking blurs the mind of even the most intelligent and compassionate people and I believe I have long ago past that point. I believe I have been mislead into not seeing both realities of the world; the political reality and the individual reality.

The political reality is the one where everything is examined as part of a greater whole; “in context”. The individual reality is the one about which your care for each individual equally; or at least care an equal amount for the rights and lives of each individual you know of, and more so for those you know personally.

There also comes a time when reality hits home as one of those you truly care for has issues that cannot be solved easily; and especially when you have no control or even influence over the prevailing circumstance and the decisions that then need to be made.

Recently Sunshine’s father has been receiving death threats.

It has been going on a while now. Sunshine is a 16 year old girl from Mosul in Northern Iraq who has been both an inspiration and a friend to me. I try help her with life in any way I may and she looks up to me for it.

Unfortunately I feel hopeless with fear when I hear of the conditions she lives in worsening in such a way; when it gets beyond the point I believe her and her family capable of handling. Where to turn to now?

Where’s my government stand on all this?

Why aren’t we opening our arms to thousands of refugees from the country we’ve invaded?

Why are we so fearful of a backlash if we do let these people enjoy our better lives?

Don’t we need more skilled workers, doctors, dentists, nurses, teachers, lecturers and tradesmen?

WHERE IS MY REPRESENTATION?

Who do I have to sleep with to get a REAL say in this “democracy”?

Who can I actually speak to that has enough influence to relay my messages and give me a chance to argue for immediate foreign policy change?

Why must I spend years of planning and hard work to even get a word in? Is my opinion not as equal as those who sit in the seats of power and influence? Must I be an old man (or woman) with money, a family and a working history somehow related to Australian politics before I can be heard?

I’m going to phone my local MP and demand an audience. I’m going to continue doing this until I get an ear that will listen and represent me truly. It is time to make a change in this government; it is time to make a change in this world.

It’s time to start moving and start walking.

It’s time for EVERY THING TO CHANGE.