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Sunday, December 11, 2005

For all of us

Every now and then, Australia's racist underbelly appears in full public view:

"New South Wales Police say several people of Middle Eastern appearance have been attacked by a mob at Sydney's Cronulla Beach.

"Thousands of people have gathered at the beach in response to calls to retaliate for the bashing of two lifeguards a week ago.

"Assistant Commissioner Mark Goodwin says several people have been the victims of racial attacks.

"'In terms of crowd swells against some people of Arabic extraction...some of those people that have been targeted have been Australian-born people that attend this beach in a quiet and relaxing manner,' he said."

Demonising an entire ethnic group - people of "Middle Eastern appearance - has no place in a civilised, multicultural democracy.

34 Comments:

Blogger orang said...

The media, the interviews with police and locals on the trouble makers (those who purportedly punched up a life saver, talked rough, harassed the "locals"..)set up this event. I predicted the outcome as if it was written in a script. The way this was handled from the beginning was to create racial tensions where this should not have existed. Whoever they were - they are a bunch of trouble making young over testosteroned hoods looking for cheap thrills. The media turned it into a race issue. So the Aussie battlers had to turn up en masse to defend their honour. The result? Some poor Greek or Italian bystander got their arse kicked for looking wog or Lebbo like. Absolutely disgusting.

Sunday, December 11, 2005 8:45:00 pm  
Blogger J F said...

What about the "root causes"?

Sunday, December 11, 2005 9:21:00 pm  
Blogger orang said...

The root causes are that the country is full of racist fucks-but that's just my opinion.

Sunday, December 11, 2005 9:34:00 pm  
Blogger Comical_Ali said...

No doubt if Jews were involved in the bashing of life guards or even gang rapes targetting "young Aussie sluts" for that matter - synangogues would be up in flames all around the country. And you all would be sitting here, talking about the "root cause" of it all. That is how dem Joos brought it all upon themselves. Condell would even be kind enough to give everyone a historical "Jesus angle" on the events and enlighten us with 9/11 conspiracy theories and other accounts of historical Shylock treachery. Adammo would even make another snide remark about "G-d's chosen people having never to say they are sorry" and "how they had it coming as a result."

Much like Jihadist apologists justified attacks on Jews, Jewish day schools and synangogues in France and the rest of Europe - saying that they brought it upon themselves as result of Ariel Sharon and his policies.

Sunday, December 11, 2005 10:35:00 pm  
Blogger Armagnac Esq. said...

Just don't call it racism, whatever you do. That's just politically correct censorship.

It was just a bunch of good time aussie larrikins, having a bit of sport and sharing the old egalitarian spirit we're so fond of.

Now 'scuse me while I go frottage a flagpole somewhere...

Sunday, December 11, 2005 11:04:00 pm  
Blogger Comical_Ali said...

and the bashing of two life guards , the recent stabbing of a man (who was with three girls who were threatened with rape), not to meniton the specific targetting of Australian girls for gang rape three years ago is all a "cultural misunderstanding." There is no root cause, no two sides to every story - just a bunch of racist redneck yobs who go around causing trouble.

Sunday, December 11, 2005 11:38:00 pm  
Blogger anthony said...

Exactly right, Ali. It’s a pity wankers around here have such obvious double standards. Why is it, that North African and Arab immigrants can burn and loot France, and it’s suddenly because of poverty, but after years of much-reported rapes, assaults, and more general gang activities committed by Middle Eastern men against Anglo-Saxon/Celtic Australians, with the latest being the attacks on volunteer life guards, this is simply ‘Australia’s racist underbelly’?

I agree it’s unacceptable, it’s disgusting, for these vigilantly groups to wave an Australian flag and attack anyone who is not white. It’s a disgrace to this country and I am ashamed. What is equally sickening is that it would have ‘root causes’ if it came from non-white, non-Christian (or non-Jewish), Australians.

Monday, December 12, 2005 12:36:00 am  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

After being lectured on our responsibilities by Kipling, we expect better behavoir from those with the benefits of a liberal education.

We do not expect the same standards that we set for illiterate, backwards, xenophobic, hate-mongering, Islamic people from the war engulfed SE Asia and Middle East.

Because of our vastly superior educational opportunities coupled with of western morality, we excuse in others that we do not excuse in ourselves.

Monday, December 12, 2005 5:36:00 am  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

I love it -- can't say anything about the behaviour of Muslims, but all Aussies are just a bunch of redneck bogan racists, right?

Leftist hypocrisy in action.

Monday, December 12, 2005 7:13:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

So you endorse this behaviour Shab?

Monday, December 12, 2005 8:17:00 am  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

Absolutely not. It's disgraceful. But Anty's clearly trying to tar all of Anglo-Saxon Australia with the racist brush.

Monday, December 12, 2005 8:25:00 am  
Blogger David Tan said...

Scratch an anti-racist and underneath you will find a racist.

Monday, December 12, 2005 9:13:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Gee David, by that genius logic, you are arguing that there is no such thing as racism.

Monday, December 12, 2005 9:48:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Shab,

Anglo-Saxon Australia is pretty much an anachromism. The chant about who was or wasn; boirnin Australia does not indicate Anglos exlcusively.

I'm sure there were plenty of southern Europeans involved also, who a few generations ago were the subject of similar taunts.

Monday, December 12, 2005 9:50:00 am  
Blogger Stev said...

Shab said:
Anty's clearly trying to tar all of Anglo-Saxon Australia with the racist brush.

Clearly? Which post were you reading? By acknowledging that Australia has a racist underbelly - which it clearly does - Ant's allegedly extending this racism to all of Anglo-Saxon Australia? That's a bit of an extreme reading don't you think?

Monday, December 12, 2005 10:07:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Racism exists in most ethnic groups, Anglos, Muslims, etc, but the idea of targeting a particular group - in this case, people of "Middle Eastern appearance" - proves that Australia is, in fact, still very far from reaching maturity.

Monday, December 12, 2005 10:20:00 am  
Blogger Pete's Blog said...

The influence of the media in rabble rousing the rioters will make for an interesting series of stories in the next coupla days.

I expect the NSW Government will attempt to hose down the issue by convening a SLOW committee of inquiry. Thugs from all sides should attend. "More police on the beat required" will be the main recommendation (early next year).

So sayeth me soothsayer.

Monday, December 12, 2005 10:55:00 am  
Blogger boredinHK said...

It probably didn't help that the gang targeted an icon of australian identity - young , easily identified volunteers who help people of any ethnic group if they are in trouble.
AL , the initial bashing also shows Australia is far from maturity ,not only the reaction to it?

Monday, December 12, 2005 11:04:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Bored,
Yes, fair point. I'm not forgettin the initial bashings, completely unacceptable and motivated by, well, who knows, but it's not OK.

Monday, December 12, 2005 11:10:00 am  
Blogger Savvas Tzionis said...

Why are 'aussies' not referred to as "of British appearance"?

Monday, December 12, 2005 11:12:00 am  
Blogger Ian Westmore said...

Shabadoo said...

I love it -- can't say anything about the behaviour of Muslims, but all Aussies are just a bunch of redneck bogan racists, right?

Leftist hypocrisy in action.


Yeah, until the "bunch of redneck bogan racists" target Jews of Mid East appearance, as may happen if this isn't stomped on.... hard. Then we'll all become Ango-Saxon redneck bogan racist anti semites, right?

The medias role in this seems to provide a perfect opportunity to test the upgraded sedition laws. But don't go holding your breaths!

Monday, December 12, 2005 11:38:00 am  
Blogger Comical_Ali said...

in response to "Jews of mid eastern appearance" bashing life guards, gang raping "aussie" girils and harrasing + intimidating the local population with general gang voilence.

Monday, December 12, 2005 1:28:00 pm  
Blogger IndCoup said...

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Monday, December 12, 2005 2:34:00 pm  
Blogger boredinHK said...

I could be accused of generalising but many comments on this topic miss one important ingredient- the reaction is a mass response from the working classes.
Sure the people involved may think they are middle class now but as a working class/lower middle class person myself I have seen this thinking and manner of behaviour for my entire life
(nearly 50 years ).
The response is violent , is proudly ignorant and places great value on describing itself as an authentic expression of the people.
The justifications being bandied about could just as credibly be used to attack any group perceived as different . There are plenty of abusive and derogatory comments from white males to white females for example.
The mystery to me is how this same group, essentially workers , have seen John Howard as the best bet to protect their interests. The ALP appears very alien to these people and their concerns.

Monday, December 12, 2005 3:23:00 pm  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

antony

You REALLY need to send me the drafts for your book quickly, coz, hun, you simply do not get it.

The Cronulla drama was nothing more than a "fart in the bath." A few arrests, a couple of cuts and bruises and about 4 people receiving medical treatment.

I have thought long and hard about this and personally I am right behind the Cronulla people. Why should they put up with the abomination of women dressed in all that offensive Islamic bullshit in AUSTRALIA!

I was quite heartened by this display of good old-fashioned Aussie pluck and disdain for political correctness and the primitive garbage of the Islamic middle east!

Monday, December 12, 2005 10:41:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Perhaps you'd like to hang the Arabs yourself? After all, "Aussie pluck" resulted in bashings and violence, condemned by all.
Except bigots and neo-Nazis, of course.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005 12:04:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Lefty,

I worry about you hum. "Why should they put up with the abomination of women dressed in all that offensive Islamic bullshit in AUSTRALIA!" It's very easy to answer that. It's called choice.

Freedom is a dual edged swrod, it means allowing people to live their lives in a way you may not always agree with, so long as they do not harm you or those around them.

That wasn't a display of good old-fashioned Aussie pluck and disdain for political correctness, it was typical mob mentality amd dutch courage fuelled by drink. It's as primitive gas it gets.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005 1:52:00 am  
Blogger jonny said...

The Bra Boys Vs. the Lebs.

Interestingly enough, a friend of mine described the bra boys (before any of this happened) as "lebs on steroids".

And Lowenstein, if you want Aussies to "mature" why don't you stop with your anti-semitism already.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005 10:21:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

You might try to look up words you don't understand before using them in a sentence.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005 10:33:00 am  
Blogger Comical_Ali said...

addamo,

if you want to do a lecture on 'choice' why not 'chose' the right audience? The mucho, chauvinistic, and very racist Lebanese muslim youth - who go around the beach calling any female who choses to wear a bikini a "slut" or better still "Aussie slut/whore/pig" - would be a start.

You say: "Freedom is a dual edged swrod, it means allowing people to live their lives in a way you may not always agree with, so long as they do not harm you or those around them."

Thats exactly why Australians should not be murdered, bashed, raped or intimidated for being Australian (in Australia!) or subscribing to the wrong religion. They should be allowed to live their lives, in freedom and in their own country.

I'm from a family of refugees myself and consider myself a proud Aussie. I denounce the voilent bogan surfer riots, but sympathise with the "root cause". It was an unfortunate reaction to a situation which has been brewing for many years, where Australians have been murdered, bashed, raped or harrassed by gangs of Lebanese youth.

As a migrant, I dont hold my culture and religion to be superior in any way - especially to that of my host country. In dont try to impose my culture and my religion on the rest of Australia. I respect other people's beliefs and religions - for as long as they dont impose their beliefs (therefore hindering my right to chose) or hatred on me.

Many other migrants have managed to do exactly the same thing (whilst holding on to their own cultures) - Greeks, Italians, Chinese etc.

Quite clearly there happens to be a major problem with one community - a community which has been a hot bed for racial and religious intolerance. racism, intolerance and even anti-Semitism - all largely ignored by the elites.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005 12:31:00 pm  
Blogger Comical_Ali said...

"Every now and then, Australia's racist underbelly appears in full public view:"

Or is it the racist underbelly of Australia's muslim community? you know where the Mufti of Australia, once called Jews "the enemies ofhumanity and the cause of all wars"? Where anti-Semitic and racist literature is sold and distributed in Islamic book shops and Islamic youth camps. Where people are targetted for murder, rape and intimidation for being Australian or a non muslim kuffar.
And so the list goes on.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005 12:43:00 pm  
Blogger Stev said...

How's this for a different spin from the Australian media!

Australian Intifada?

Tuesday, December 13, 2005 4:26:00 pm  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

The racist Muslims are gearing up for their 1st Australian intifada. Did you see those guys on the 7.30 Report?

The Lebanese have stockpiles of weapons galore. It's going to get ugly. Very ugly.

It is a pity that some Muslim women do not enter the debate. But of course if they did, there would be an "honour" killing.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005 8:38:00 pm  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

neoleftychick said...
"The racist Muslims are gearing up for their 1st Australian intifada."
Liar.

"It is a pity that some Muslim women do not enter the debate."
Ignoramus. Go and check out the Muslim discussion boards - see the women who are contributing to discussion of what should be done and organising responses. (While you're at it, why don't you ask them whether they are 'oppressed' as they are in your Islamophobic fantasies? Where have you been hiding? In a cave with Usama?)

"But of course if they did, there would be an "honour" killing."
Racist.

Thursday, December 15, 2005 2:12:00 am  

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