You have to stand for something.
October 6, 2015 § Leave a comment
You are defined by what you stand for.
Call me old fashioned, call me a dinosaur if you want, but I come out of a generation that believes in things.
ISIS believes in things……things they are prepared to die for. Things they are prepared to persecute unfathomable evil to achieve.
In 1915, twenty six men (led by the local rifle club president) left Gilgandra to join the Australian Imperial Force and to fight the great war. By the time they had marched through Dubbo and Orange and the 320 miles to Sydney, their ranks had grown tenfold. They were clothed and fed by the crowds that cheered them on their way. These were men who, like ISIS, were prepared to die for what they believed in. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowball_marches
Anyway you look at it, war is about right and wrong and what you believe in and what you are prepared to stand up for….and what you are prepared to die for. While any side would make the claim that they fight for right and for justice, the extent of evil perpetrated by ISIS is beyond rationality, is beyond logic and is so far beyond any natural or human norm that any civilised nation has a moral right to wipe them off the face of the planet.
So what do we believe in? In Australia? Now?
You all know how much I love the Greens, God bless ’em, but have a look at their response to the unspeakable terror that ISIS brings to communities. http://greens.org.au/search/node/isis
- They question and hamper the elected government’s undertaking to send troops to Syria
- They want an apology from Jackie Lambie – get in line.
- They want everyone in Australia to hold hands, close their eyes, and wish evil terrorism away.
I’m sorry Dr Di Natale, but the fairies at the bottom of the garden are not going to stop this scourge. This guy sums up the problem well;
I watched four corners last night (for those of you who have read my previous posts, the local publican has again allowed me to turn the TV to the ABC as long as it is off before Q&A, or I am tied to my bar stool). I had tears streaming down my cheeks by the end of it. What Edward Watts presented to us was a bunch of people who absolutely stood up for what they believed in and who were prepared to die a horrible death for what they believed in.
Here is a man, Khaleel, who has more courage, more good in him and more commitment than I’ll ever have. Read his story and then look at our society and the issues we argue over, that dominate Australian politics. Watch the program. Watch it again and again and think about the life we have here, and then think about the life they have there. Do you think these people give a rat’s arse about climate change?
We need to stand up for what we believe in, we must help these people. This means guns and war and horrible, terrible things. It means death and destruction in the name of good and right and justice and praying like hell that when we meet St Peter we got it right. It means putting aside petty arguments and getting your hands bloody. I’m an old bugger, but if me over there with a rifle would help, then so be it.
You gotta stand up.