Khaled Sharrouf's son, a child raised in the suburbs of Sydney, struggles with both arms to hold up the decapitated head of a slain Syrian soldier.He is a seven-year old boy, Australian born and bred. But he's proudly holding up the latest severed head in his dad's collection. "Diversity is our strength", as they say. A family that raises their seven-year-old to participate in the decapitation celebrations certainly adds to the diversity of the Sydney suburbs. Whether it adds to their "strength" is another matter.
And the reactions of far too many people in the west?
Mr Shorten also cautions against attaching any particular significance to that photograph:
"I would be careful about using that shocking image, that shocking evil image, and trying to use it for purposes which it shouldn't be used for."In other words, now that the Australian Government has caved in on its Section 18C promise, if you know what's best for you, you'll think twice before suggesting seven-year-old Aussie citizens waving around severed heads might be indicative of broader, er, assimilation issues within, ah, certain communities, or anything like that.
Remember Operation Choke Point?
Late last month, the Federal Depositors Insurance Corporation told banks that it had removed a list of 30 examples of “high risk” activities from the agency’s website, stating its list had “led to misunderstandings.”
That translates to "We got caught doing errands and intimidation for the Administration, and the heat is more than we want to deal with." Much like Fast & Furious was a 'failed plan' in that they got caught.
Speaking of caught, remember that POS 'cop' who murdered the kid being restrained by two other officers, after saying "We don't have time for this" ? He's been indicted. Not for murder, but for voluntary manslaughter. Not what I think it should be, but that he's indicted is a step forward.