31 thoughts on “Monday message board

  1. “Australian citizens are not supposed to side with the enemy.”

    But at the time, THEY WEREN’T THE ENEMY.

    No more than Japan was the enemey in the 1930’s when Bob Menzies was selling them war materiel.

  2. “Australian citizens are not supposed to side with the enemy.�

    But at the time, THEY WEREN’T THE ENEMY.

    Until at least the 11th of September, 2001, the Taliban and its army was on the same side as the USA. They helped get rid of the Soviets from Afganistan. AFAIK, the act that Hicks pleaded guilty to in a Kangaroo court (receiving training) occured before the 11th of September, 2001. So at the time he was receiving training from an ally of the USA. It was certainly not a crime at the time and it’s a bit much to expect someone with the legal capabilities of Hicks, i.e. zero, to realize that it could be declared a crime at some time in the future by some government somewhere else in the world. I’m waiting for the US to prosecute its own officials for actually funding a terrorist organisation (the one led by Hekmatyar). Presumably, like Hicks, they should have been aware that what they were doing could one day be declared a crime. On the other hand, maybe US government officals were even more ignorant and naive than Hicks and it wouldn’t be fair to prosecute someone who’s ignorant and naive, would it?

  3. Sorry about the blockquote problem. Hope this is right.

    “Australian citizens are not supposed to side with the enemy.�

    But at the time, THEY WEREN’T THE ENEMY.

    Until at least the 11th of September, 2001, the Taliban and its army was on the same side as the USA. They helped get rid of the Soviets from Afganistan. AFAIK, the act that Hicks pleaded guilty to in a Kangaroo court (receiving training) occured before the 11th of September, 2001. So at the time he was receiving training from an ally of the USA. It was certainly not a crime at the time and it’s a bit much to expect someone with the legal capabilities of Hicks, i.e. zero, to realize that it could be declared a crime at some time in the future by some government somewhere else in the world. I’m waiting for the US to prosecute its own officials for actually funding a terrorist organisation (the one led by Hekmatyar). Presumably, like Hicks, they should have been aware that what they were doing could one day be declared a crime. On the other hand, maybe US government officals were even more ignorant and naive than Hicks and it wouldn’t be fair to prosecute someone who’s ignorant and naive, would it?

  4. There is a post on the US Federal Reserve’s latest piece of tortured financial manoevring here. Recommended particularly to those interested in the career of Hjalmar Horace Greeley Schacht.

  5. John Howard may be knighted
    · http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,23189462-952,00.html

    I have just written to PMs Gordon Brown (UK) and Kevin Rudd:

    Dear Prime Minister

    I learned today that Her Majesty the Queen may be considering former Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, for a knighthood.

    Many Australians will be profoundly offended by this gross interference in our political life. We worked tirelessly for twelve years to rid this country of this man’s pernicious and damaging influence.

    Now that he is out of public life we should not afford him any undue attention, until we have decided whether a Royal Commission should examine his record.

    Please advise Queen Elizabeth that this knighthood for John Howard will anger many Australians who suffered under his government. It is a most inappropriate honour for a man who has harmed so many of us. In particular, his refusal to attend the official apology to the Stolen Generations seals our view of him for all time.

    Regards
    Willy Bach

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