The Abbot and ISIS pantomime season.

This kind of attack in Australia was as predictable as night follows day. I imagine the industrial military complex mentality is the primary motive but Abbot has been itching to get involved in the ‘war on terror’ and he appears to have got his catalyst. Not that he really needed one, Australian troops are already committed to Iraq but this is his ‘I told you so’ moment, where the Aussie public can cheer the security forces for their successful anti-terrorist mission. We don’t know the outcome yet but these security operations are always successful? No matter how many civilians die, no matter how many lost opportunities were missed, these enigmatic and secretive security organisations always come up smelling of … Extra funds from the tax payer to finance the defence of the country against the expected tidal wave of crazy terrorists. They will find some, they always do. They might have to flash lots of money around and maybe even remind the fundamentalists that only violence will hurt the none believers. They might even need to come up with some ideas about the atrocities they could commit …But once the action starts, the instigators will disappear, just like they always do
Sombre looking heads of states with quivering bottom lips extend their heartfelt sympathies to relatives of the victims, a national day of mourning, annual remembrances and wall to wall media coverage of the shocking events have been repeated numerous times before. We can recall Bush and Blair, with their emotional Oscar worthy performances whilst using the deaths of other peoples relatives to commit troops to foreign lands, despite there being no evidence of the people in those foreign lands having had anything to do with these so called terrorist events. A group of people somewhere want to sell weapons. They don’t care if it’s your relatives who die or mine, as long as it isn’t theirs. Former military seem to do very well from these terrorist events, if I had a suspicious mind……

Whatever you do, don’t mention statistics in this war on terror. Unlike most circumstances in life, the facts and figures can’t be too easily manipulated, although the amount it costs isn’t widely broadcast. If you really don’t like taking risks, call an electrician round to change the fuse next time one goes… Those electrical jobs are far more dangerous than the threat of being struck by terrorism. Unless you live in the Middle East and then there is a far greater risk of (state) terrorism, usually drones with US, Israeli or UK insignia on them.