Yes I am one of those dreaded mainlanders, and yep a leftie, so you know in advance where this might lead.

But, I want to ask all Aussies, a simple question …

Why are we so scared of terrorists and more importantly why would any terrorist want to blow up Central Railway Station, Parliament House or even the Wangaratta Jazz Festival (although given the poor quality music in this little event, that could be a beneficial result for Jazz internationally).

Let’s look at this in a “tit for tat” scenario.  Who has attacked whom first.  And indeed let’s start this search around the period of 1948. The UN, under enormous American influence, established the state of Israel in the Middle East.  Yes awful things happened the Jewish people in Europe, I repeat, Europe.  Jews living in the Middle East where not brutalized or
slaughtered en masse in the Arab world.  However to quell European collective bad conscious over the Holocaust, the Palestinian people paid the price and lost their homeland.

Now if I can place this into an Australian scenario: Imagine a foreign group, assisted by International Powers annexing Tasmania.  Indeed we mainlanders would be upset about this and attempt to assist in any way … helping refugees cross the Bass Strait and indeed we would send in the warships.  Naturally our mainlander grief would not be as acute as yours,  because you would become an occupied people, those remaining, second class citizens and the others refugees on the mainland.  However this was the exact fate of the Palestinian people.

They offered two different solutions: Initially a Democratic Secular State in Palestine and a decade ago the Two State Solution.  Both of these options were rejected by the Israelis and the ongoing struggle continues.

The Arabs and Muslims watched the US fund Israeli expansion and brutalization of the neighboring Arab world.  But powerless they could do nothing and Muslim fervor grew.  Interestingly the US groomed Usama Bin Laden in Afghanistan as a tool to destabilize the Pro-Soviet regime.  Sometimes the hand that feeds receives a snap and the Twin Towers were
certainly a sharp bite at the Americans.

But the resulting US attack on Afghanistan, did it achieve anything?  Deaths of civilians, yes, certainly no democratic state was established.  And the eternal suspicion that the US was merely trying to store up nearby oil in adjoining states.

Next the US attack on Iraq.  Untold civilian death there, no peace, no justice and we all now know the lies of Bush, Blair and Howard on the supposed weapons of mass destruction.

Now put yourself into an Arab or Muslim position.  Would you be happy watching your world plundered or neighbors ruined?

People are the same over across the globe, all of us want to bring up the kids in peace, have a half way decent life, we in this country by our inclusion in the US aggression on the Muslim and Arab world, have taken this right away from Iraqi people, Palestinians and Afghanis.

Can you blame the fringe element —  the small sector of fundamentalists — from wanting to throw back a bit of terror in our direction?

And a final point, our own Christian fundamentalist, rapaciously supporting Bush or Howard in their wars, well is there much of a difference between the mad fringes of religious fervour?

Josephine Zananiri lives near Bright, Vic Alps

Josephine Zananiri

Now if I can place this into an Australian scenario: Imagine a foreign group, assisted by International Powers annexing Tasmania.  Indeed we mainlanders would be upset about this and attempt to assist in any way … helping refugees cross the Bass Strait and indeed we would send in the warships.  Naturally our mainlander grief would not be as acute as yours,  because you would become an occupied people, those remaining, second class citizens and the others refugees on the mainland.  However this was the exact fate of the Palestinian people.