They say that time heals all wounds. So it was comforting to read today that the Australian government, in it’s own considerate way, waited two entire business days after a terrorist attack that killed 50 people, mostly Muslim immigrants to New Zealand, before announcing a significant cut¹ to the official immigration rate in Australia.
No connection there at all, no possible link in the mind of a modern Nazi…
This can only be an overt continuation of the dog-whistling that has dominated much of the political and media debate around the world for several years now. In fact, it’s more than that.
It’s a not-so-subtle endorsement of actions resulting in the elimination of ‘problems’, perceived or manufactured as they may be. It’s a nod to the xenophobic that their concerns are real, and worthy of a response that calms their worried little hearts. “In some places they do it with bullets, but I’m the boss here, and I control the flood-gates”…
Behind all the expressions of sympathy and promises to crack down on media sharing, and statements of solidarity and social cohesion, our governors are smugly offering a kind of tacit support for mass murder. There, I said it. If they weren’t, this announcement that offers a reduction in the ‘swarming hordes of foreigners’ arriving in future years would have been postponed until a more decent time. Simple as that – no thinking human would have NOT considered the timing of this and deferred until the smell of cordite had wafted away.
But while we’re on decency, I will mention a slightly related utterance that was similarly not decent – the Drumpf tweet of support after the murdering event:
THERE IS NEVER ROOM FOR AN EXCLAMATION MARK IN A NOTE OF CONDOLENCE YOU INSOLENT little ORANGE TURD.
Note 1 – The actual immigration numbers will drop from 190,000 to 160,000, which is about a 15.8% reduction.