MH17 is fast becoming a secondary emergency as social media becomes the primary arsenal of Ukraine and Gaza combatants. Truths that were once concealed by tyrants and terrorists are now visible in gory detail on any computer screen, and not before time.
A massive military build-up on either side of the southern Ukraine border where MH17 was shot down maybe too hot an area for even master negotiator Tony Abbott to risk exposing AFP officers to. Sending troops to protect them is even more risky without an agreed demilitarised zone in place. And who can possibly put it in place?
Semantics can decide whether Scott Morrison can still claim there has been no successful boat venture since the implementation of the Coalition’s Sovereign Borders policy.
As horrific footage of the slaughter of Palestinian women and children reaches into lounge rooms across the globe, pressure is reaching the United Nations with silly talk of Israeli war crimes. Foreign journalists who are competing fiercely for the most gruesome shot, are strangely missing in action when many of thousands of Hamas rockets reach Israeli suburbs.
Barack Obama’s sanctions solution is just as stoopid as all his other “solutions”. Economically isolating a powerful global player started World War II and the US has already filled its quota of starting wars.
It took a little coaxing but a typically carefully selected audience attending the ABC’s infamous Q&A program, convened last night to discuss AIDS, inadvertently unearthed a foolproof cure for the disease.
As the UN Security Council meets to thrash out a resolution damning one of its five permanent Members, Russia’s “action man”, Vladimir Putin is frozen in “inaction” between two awful options, with either likely to see him humiliated and banished to the Siberian salt mines.
Benjamin Netanyahu has taken extraordinary steps to limit Palestinian civilian deaths yet he knows Hamas cannot be defeated without them. Palestinians, who cheered each of the thousands of rockets that howled their way toward Israeli suburbs, are now asking if it was worth it. And Israel needs them to ask that question of Hamas.
Conspiracy theorists are having a field day: The Israelis shot down MH17 to deflect criticism from their invasion of Gaza. Putin shot it down to kill 100 ‘poofters’ on their way to Melbourne for an AIDS conference. Ukraine shot it down knowing Putin would be blamed. Ukraine shot it down because they thought it was Putin’s private plane... endless nonsense, and it will continue, but the truth is... well, the truth is exactly what it appears to be.
As reported earlier this week, “... air travel could be rendered all but impossible.” Sophisticated measures taken to ensure the safety of an aircraft prior to take-off will prove pointless if any one of thousands of sophisticated surface-to-air missiles can destroy it from the ground.
George Brandis said the retrogressive, undemocratic Section C of the Discrimination Act will be redefined (that’s polispeak for abolished) to allow for free speech regarding ethnic matters. Of course the ever-predictable Left went into a turbocharged spittle of “racism”.