You ARE on the money. Well said.<quoted text>
I admit to being a little relieved that my previous post (#25) did not attract howls of protest.
Allow me therefore to expand upon it further.
Returning to the theme of this thread, and in particular, things Islamic, in modern times there could not be a starker example of Australia's collective failure to 'keep its ear to the ground'.
For decades infiltration by Muslims into western countries has been gathering momentum. Many of those countries are ancestral lands of many Australians. One by one each of those infiltrated countries has reached a crisis point brought on by Islamic impact on social cohesiveness.
Thus we have the eruptions witnessed in France, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Britain to name a few. In every case Muslim immigrants have imposed their values like no other ideology, to the point that the local population has run out of patience and some have taken countermeasures.
There have been spectacular, costly and protracted riots in several of those countries. Denmark has seriously explored a scheme whereby it would be regarded as cost-effective to actually pay resident Muslims their fare out of Denmark before their parasitic presence bleeds the nation's economy dry.
France has taken some bold and controversial steps in adapting aspects of its legislation to counter objectionable Muslim customs. Wherever Muslim numbers build up tensions soon reach crisis point, which broadly speaking has been flaring over there for at least a decade already.
Meanwhile what has Australia been doing?
Importing some 158,000 migrants (mostly Muslim) per year during which time the next nearest Muslim intake has been the US, absorbing some 35,000 Muslims per year, into a country with 15 times our population to begin with.
What do Australia's blissfully complacent leaders have to say about this? Only the sort of clichés and platitudes that herald the alarming accomplice of complacency ... Hubris.
They typically spout words to the effect that Europe, Scandinavia etc pursue a flawed model of Multiculturalism. Australia's is different ... we won't be making the same mistakes.
There is no reason to believe that Australians are intrinsically LESS smart that than our forebears on the other side if the world. But by that same token what on Earth gives Chris Bowen and his lapdogs the idea that we are any MORE smart either? Does he think that there is something in the water here that makes Australians less prone to the same mistakes already made by Europe in managing Muslims?
If we sit idly by and take no measures, then we are headed straight for the same mistakes and the same consequences now causing chaos in other western countries.
This brings me back to my earlier point about 'keeping our (national) ear to the ground'. If we had been doing that when we should have, then perhaps we would not need to be having conversations like this now.
Instead our leaders (and I suspect many of ourselves) have ignored the distant warnings, scuttled for cover behind the anaesthetic of political correctness ("Islam is a religion of Peace"), and are now on the brink of suffering the not-so-distant penalty for thinking that Australian society is somehow special enough to be immune.
Therefore it is vital for our future that not only Geert Wilders be given a fair and attentive hearing here, but any other exponents with his type of message. These are the people whose countries have already endured our own impending future ... one that we badly need to avoid.
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