15 November, 2012

Julia Gillard's empathy deficit disorder

Dear Prime Minister

In the strongest terms I would like to speak out against your selective concerns for humanity, which should offend every decent person in this country and is designed to offend both Palestinians and people from the entire Muslim world (including Indonesia - remember the Asian Century?). Is this the way an exemplary nation that just earned a temporary seat on the UN Security Council behaves?

I refer you to this article in the Sydney Morning Herald:

Gillard condemns attacks on Israel
November 16, 2012 - 12:25PM

Quoting your words, Prime Minister:

''Australia supports Israel's right to defend itself against these indiscriminate attacks. Such attacks on Israel's civilian population are utterly unacceptable.''

It doesn't get more selective than this when it comes to faking concern for fellow human beings. We are all aware that Israel is one of the world's most powerful military nations and that the people of Gaza are living in a very confined area under an IDF siege. They have the right to resist the brutality of the occupation and have suffered much humiliation and the loss of their lands.

Now that Israel is bringing tanks into the area in preparation for a ground assault you can readily see that this whole operation was planned over a long period and timed to coincide with US President Obama's re-election.

I hope you will reconsider the statements you have made and place this country on the list of honourable nations that help work for peace, as you claimed at the time of the UNSC seat application. Isn't it time for Australia to stand for what is right, not just what the US wants?

Willy Bach