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[Public Domain] 28 Jun 2005 Dylan O'Donnell
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After September 11 in 2001, a circular peace symbol was spray-painted on the outer wall of a resident’s home at the roundabout near the Mercy Hospital, a high traffic intersection, where it remained for over 4 years. Since that time, when the world was shocked at images coming from New York city of the attack on the World Trade Center, war has been incessant in both Afghanistan and Iraq and Israel, Governments have admitted failures of intelligence, Bali, Egypt and London have been rocked by suicide bomber attacks against westerners and more recently in Australia, racial tension has escalated after the riots and unrest in and around Cronulla Beach in Sydney.
After these riots, the circular peace symbol near Mercy Hospital was painted over into a pentagram, and days later a swastika with “No Wogs” written around it. The Liberal government tell us there is a “law and order” problem and that Australia is not a racist country, however a feeling of general mistrust has permeated Australian society.
White supremacist emails have circulated around the internet since the riots and SMS messages encourage further rallies and targeted violence against non-white Australia have been sent around Australia from coast to coast. Presumably minority groups are seizing the media attention surrounding racial unrest in Australia to spread their message of hate, much to the concern of many.
The government has passed laws to make it easier to stop and search vehicles, detain and hold people with little reason and have gradually eroded what is left of the freedom we are apparently defending, and the basic unwritten tenets of the lucky country. Areas of Sydney where the riots occurred have reported a downturn in the local economy, and Christmas in Sydney 2005 will be considered a ”lock down” with increased law enforcement. In other parts of the world, churchgoers are preparing for terrorist attacks against westerners congregating for Christmas Mass.
We have lost the war on terror.
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