14 thoughts on “Heroes

  1. Imagine if this crash happened in Iraq. The anti-war types would be demanding they be brought back to our region (where they would be safe) and claiming John Howard was resposible for their deaths.

  2. Imagine if this crash happened in Iraq. The anti-war types would be demanding they be brought back to our region (where they would be safe) and claiming John Howard was responsible for their deaths.

  3. I’m sure there are more contemptible actions than using the deaths of nine people to justify ad hominen attacks on the basis of what people who disagree with you might do in a hypothetical situation but i am hard-pressed to think of any off-hand.

    Have some decency.

  4. Mike, I am afraid folk like you just don’t get it.

    The overwhelming majority of Australians support the proper use of our armed forces, be it in relief operations as in Nias, operations such as East Timor and the Solomons etc.

    What we do object to is involving Australia, and risking Australian service personnel’s lives, in dubious ideological inspired operations supported largely by the Liberal Party and it’s acolytes.

  5. It would be sad if this thread, in particular, descended into another slanging match about Iraq. Mike’s comment is too contemptible to be allowed to derail things.

  6. These people died serving humanity, and deserve our deepest sympathy.

    I note that the Australian flag is being flown half mast. Are there rules / protocols which help decide when this is done?

  7. I agree, their families and friends also deserve sympathy.

    Chui Tey,
    Yes there are protocols, but the easy was to put it is that there needs to be a government decision to have a mourning period, typically a number of days. Normally, this is done spontaneously though.

  8. My heart goes out to these people working on such a worthy cause. Still wonder why ,according to S.B.S NEWS, the Captain of the ship, that lost these brave souls, had his press conference pulled from higher up.

  9. Mike, do you include the late Pope John Paul II in your category of “anti-war types”? After all, he opposed the war in Iraq and tried to prevent it, as did we.

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