Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Turning the Tables

Perhaps you have already seen the outrageous pronouncement by Andrew Jaspan, the editor-in-chief of one of Australia's dailies concerning the recently-rescued Australian hostage Douglas Woods:
"I was, I have to say, shocked by Douglas Wood’s use of the a---hole word, if I can put it like that, which I just thought was coarse and very ill-thought through and I think demeans the man and is one of the reasons why people are slightly sceptical of his motives and everything else.

"The issue really is largely, speaking as I understand it, he was treated well there. He says he was fed every day, and as such to turn around and use that kind of language I think is just insensitive."
His motives?


This man was beaten and had several of his colleagues murdered in front of him by his captors, who forced him at gunpoint to make a plea for Australia to remove its troops.

It's just not possible to talk to people like Jaspan anymore. It's so offensive that the only rational response is a sharp knee to the groin.

Well, that's not the end of the story!

As I and others (such as Belmont Club) have pointed out, "non-state action" works both ways, bub, and I'd worry more about the effectiveness in the long run of the people who built the modern world's infrastructure rather than those who are merely parisitic to it:
A hostage held alongside Australian Douglas Wood in Iraq has hired bounty hunters to track down his former captors, promising to eliminate them one by one.

Swede Ulf Hjertstrom, who was held for several weeks with Mr Wood in Baghdad, was released by his kidnappers on May 30 ...

Now, he wants to find those responsible.

"I have now put some people to work to find these bastards,” he told the Ten Network today.

"I invested about $50,000 so far and we will get them one by one."

Wood: "The sooner the better!"

Hjertstrom: "These scum should be put out of business."
For example, have you heard of the case of Schapelle Corby, the Australian beauty therapist who was convicted in Indonesia for 20 years for having 9 pounds of marijuana in her luggage.

It is highly likely that it was placed there by a well-known smuggling ring that uses baggage handlers to place and remove drugs from the luggage of unsuspecting passengers, and that Corby was a completely random victim.

I mean, who in their right mind takes 9 pounds of marijuana to Islamic-law-ruled Indonesia? I don't know Corby, but from what I don't see in the news reports, she's apparently clean as a whistle. Occam's razor strongly points to innocence.

With luck, just maybe, she'll be "exchanged" for actual criminals held by Australia.

This has thus outraged Australia, especially after seeing that the reputed leader of the al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah network operating in South-East Asia and mastermind of the Bali bombings there that killed 88 Australians was released after only a few months.

Well, that's how "Islamic Law" works against the infidel and for the jihadist.

But, private Westerners can grow Anthrax too. Indonesian embassies got several suspicious packages, forcing them to shut down, as the powder was some sort of biological agent.

All the powder turned out to be harmless.

This time.


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