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IT WAS NO PICNIC BACK THEN, EITHER

Harry Richardson

Harry Richardson is a long-time student of Islam and author of best seller, "the Story Of Mohammed - Islam Unveiled', http://thestoryofmohammed.blogspot.com.au

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I hate it when the alarm goes off at stupid o'clock on Anzac morning and I know I have to drag myself out of bed to go to the dawn service. At the same time I love the way that this small deprivation forces me to think of the sacrifices that were given to create this amazing society that we live in.

Any war is hell, and what the diggers went through at Gallipoli was worse than most. It's hard for us to think of something as barbaric as war being conducted in a more civilised manner. In the West however, that is exactly what we have attempted. It has long been understood that despite being so unpleasant, war is unfortunately an inevitable part of life. Because of this, rules were developed and eventually codified into what became the Geneva Convention.

One of the major aims of these rules is to minimise the impact of military conflict on civilian populations. It is understood that civilians will sometimes suffer in war and this is unavoidable.

Deliberately targeting civilians however is strictly off-limits and is considered to be a war crime. That is not to say that this has never happened in the Western world. The fact that we forbid it however, says a lot about who we are as a society.

We are certainly not the first society to make rules about war. In pre-Islamic Arabia, (what the Muslims refer to as "the time of ignorance") there was a very strong taboo about carrying out acts of war during the four holy months. This is most likely to facilitate the trade on which the Arabs depended for their livelihood.

When Mohammed began his career as a warlord, he and his men were rather spectacularly unsuccessful. The first seven raids in fact, ended in failure and so his men decided to tear up the rulebook. They attacked and killed unarmed people during the holy months. After that, Mohammed and his men began to have success. Fortunately for Mohammed, his God Allah, sent down justification and the following verse of the Koran was revealed to Mohammed, according to Mohammed.

2:217 "When they ask you about fighting in the holy month, say: Fighting at this time is a serious offense, but it is worse in Allah’s eyes to deny others the path to Him, to disbelieve in Him, and to drive His worshippers out of the Sacred Mosque. Idolatry is a greater sin than murder. They will not stop fighting you until you turn away from your religion. But any of you who renounce your faith and die a Kaffir will have your works count for nothing in this world and the world to come. These people will be prisoners of the Fire, where they will live forever."

It was this blank check to ignore the rules of war which would drive the success of Muhammad and the Muslims from that day to this.

Every rule or restriction which civilised people upheld was ignored completely in the Islamic vision of conquest.

The fight against the Turks at Gallipoli was fought under the normal rules of war. No one could blame the Turkish military for trying to repel a foreign invader. They certainly did not attack any civilian targets. In that instance of course, there were no civilian targets for them to attack. Our military had travelled to their land and it was therefore a strictly military campaign.

There was however one battle in World War One which was fought between the Muslims and the Australians in Australia itself. In that particular case, things were very different.

The battle was known as the battle of Broken Hill. Two Muslim men from what is today Pakistan, had been brought to Australia as camel drivers. One subsequently became an ice cream seller and the other became a Halal butcher.

On 1st January 1915, the two travelled to an embankment overlooking the train tracks on the way out of Broken Hill. They knew that an open sided picnic train would be passing, packed with civilian men women and children (see pic). When the train came in to sight, they unloaded 20 or 30 rounds into the helpless passengers.

By the time they had been tracked down and killed, they had killed four and wounded seven more. Had they been better shots or had better weapons, the death toll would undoubtedly have been much higher.

Both men left suicide notes stating their allegiance to the caliphate, their intention to die for their faith. One signed off with the now familiar words, “All?hu Akbar." Today, this behaviour is becoming depressingly familiar, but at the time it must have come as quite a shock.

When these men were allowed into Australia, I am sure the government had no idea of Mohammed's life, his laws and his instructions to his followers about how to wage war. They would have had no knowledge of what fanatical suicidal jihad was really like. They did not have the Internet, Google, or books such as mine which explain how the system works.

Today the Australian government has no such excuse. This information is at their fingertips and they have an obligation to investigate the whole subject. Instead, they are trying to downplay this important part of our history. For that reason, I believe our Anzac services should also commemorate the Battle of Broken Hill. 

Perhaps they could also give a mention of the other horrors of Jihad for the last 1400 years, lest we all forget.

 



Comments

Tomo are you referring to the time Rugby used the unfortunate circumstances of his wife to garner sympathy when he had backed himself into a corner or was it another argument he had fostered.

Speaking of the bully's attack dog here is one about Grammar Bullies..

The Attack

No experience seems more common in social media practice than having one’s grammar corrected. The Grammar Bullies hide and then pounce on any typographical misstep or the your/you’re mix-up faster than you can click “submit.”

Reasons exist for such rude behavior. Slate attempted to explain the phenomenon, but if your gut instincts have told you some element of superiority is involved, your gut was right. Polite, secure people do not correct other people’s grammar. If they have the meaning of what one is saying in conversation, most listeners will overlook slight errors. Unfortunately, we don’t always talk with “most listeners.” Sometimes, in person, online, and against our better judgment, we talk with snooty, self-appointed, and insufferable grammar police.
What’s Really Happening

Behind all grammar corrections, back-handed compliments, and “it’s-only-a-joke” jibes lies hidden anger. When a Grammar Bully corrects your grammar (especially strangers online), you can rest assured that you are not the cause of his anger. Your word usage was simply the trigger of that anger. The Grammar Bully is in need of companionship, so publicly correcting you sends the homing beacon out to other Grammar Bullies. Grammar Bully is ringing in the friends with whom he can bond over mutual hate of the their/they’re misstep.

When we are angry or stressed, a bonding hormone called oxytocin is released, urging us to form social connections with other humans so as to better our chances for surviving the cause of the stress. A Grammar Bully is feeling insecure in some way, and the insecurity is driving her to gather up friends. Many observers may think the Grammar Bully is about belittling others, but really, the Grammar Bully is just looking to find other Grammar Bullies because she is feeling angry and/or stressed.

Anger can be subconscious and many times it is. We are discouraged from expressing anger when out and about in polite society, so we suppress it. Unfortunately, anger is one of those emotions that bubbles up to the surface. Grammar-correcting behavior is one of suppressed anger’s outlets.

So, now that we understand that insecurity and resentment are forms of anger that are being suppressed in the Grammar Bully, we can now learn how to behave in the event that we happen upon one of these lovely people.
http://www.purplecar.net/2013/09/grammar-bullies/

''get lost idiot'' if you remember the dementia rubbish being posted by your lonely hearts club then you will see I was standing up for the foul criticism of rugby's wife
the reference to ''lures'' was well earned by you and others seeing that you place yourself in that time zone
me defending rugby is a bit more sensible than you and senior fool playing footsie

''leave marigold alone''-- like I have said before go mind your own business

Marigold if I am new here how come I knew of and could post a quote about the antics of the schoolyard bully Rugby and his sidekick Tomo. I had to change my avatar/name on here after I lost it and the blue ribbon to the hacker. Actuall I don't recall you being here defending the boys until recently so to me you are a newcomer. Also interesting that you applaud Tomo for telling it like it is, from your perspective, yet I post evidence to back up my comment and it goes through to the keeper. Anyhow Bruce and Tomo must be wetting themselves knowing they have lured you in.

And it is Figjam not figjam, to be pedantic.

Marigold, My spelling checker passed it as correct, Who am I to question it? Besides that, who died and made you the 'expert' on correct spelling?. Just pull your head in. tomo deserves every serve he gets.

Just get my computer reassembled and working, log on to PP and find Tomo is at it again. Every schoolyard bully has a sidekick to niggle away for them so I guess he is just doing what comes naturally.. Say Tomo how is that "get over move on" working out for you.

Thank you Concerned Senior. Just ignore tomo's posts. He just shows what an ignoramus he is in his posts. Unfortunately, in a democracy, fools like him get a voice. Worse still, he is allowed to breed a generation of more ignoramus's.

you are jumping in to something you know fuck all about
''mind your own business''

Tomo, You stated "this is still a free country last time i checked" Please do not confuse a free country with a democracy. Only Fuckwits labour under the delusion that Australia is a 'free country'. Concerned Senior is only exercising his right of free speech as a member of a democracy.

Concerned Senior 1 day ago
''dementure'' ''dementia'' who gives a shit you got my point
i dare say you be one of those idiots at that time

hey rugby
we need to get a better lure
we keep catching the same old dead fish

Labor Sells It Soul For The Muslim Vote [by Andrew Bolt]
April 29 2015 (3:17pm):
Australian Jews are reminded again that Labor represents danger, not help. It is driven by demographics, not principle. Simply put, there are more Muslim votes that Jewish in Labor marginal seats:
NSW Right power broker Tony Burke will lead the push for a historic shift in Labor’s position on the recognition of a Palestinian state at the party’s July national conference, under an agreement hammered out with Bill Shorten.
Mr Burke will propose a resolution at conference expected to mirror that put at NSW Labor conference last July. It stated if no progress was made towards a two-state solution “and Israel continues to build and expand settlements, a future Labor government will consult like-minded nations towards recognition of the Palestinian state”.
To know where Tony Burke is coming from:
Labor frontbencher Tony Burke, for instance, represents the Sydney seat of Watson, which now has an astonishing 20 per cent of Muslim voters. In fact, of the 20 seats with the most Muslim voters, many in western Sydney, Labor holds all but one.
It shows. Two years ago, the Gillard government dropped support for Israel in the United Nations after foreign minister Bob Carr spent an hour with prime minister Julia Gillard, as The Australian reported, “explaining the electoral problems in Sydney”.
Added The Sydney Morning Herald: “Many MPs in western Sydney, who are already fearful of losing their seats, are coming under pressure from constituents with a Middle East background.”
Last September, the Mufti of Australia even wrote to Labor members warning that union boss Paul Howe had a “bias” towards Israel, and if he became a senator, Labor would lose the Muslim votes that helped “successfully retain the majority of ALP seats in Western Sydney”. Howes was stopped.
To know just what Tony Burke will say to win Muslim votes at an Australia Palestine Advocacy Network Fundraising Dinner:
If you are serious about justice, then we need to acknowledge and acknowledge the truth, that all Israeli settlements on Palestinian land are illegal. If we’re serious about speaking the truth then we must unequivocally be able to say that East Jerusalem is occupied…
For those who are political advocates within Palestine itself, I will never know the bravery that comes with putting your life on the line and at risk, in engaging in politics in different ways.
I’d bet many of Burke’s audience heard that as an implicit endorsement of Palestinian terrorism.
Jewish members of Labor should be fighting like fury against this dangerous pandering. Where are they?

Another great reason Not to vote for Labor, especially in Sydney: Labor Sells It Soul For The Muslim Vote [by Andrew Bolt]
April 29 2015 (3:17pm):
Australian Jews are reminded again that Labor represents danger, not help. It is driven by demographics, not principle. Simply put, there are more Muslim votes that Jewish in Labor marginal seats:
NSW Right power broker Tony Burke will lead the push for a historic shift in Labor’s position on the recognition of a Palestinian state at the party’s July national conference, under an agreement hammered out with Bill Shorten.
Mr Burke will propose a resolution at conference expected to mirror that put at NSW Labor conference last July. It stated if no progress was made towards a two-state solution “and Israel continues to build and expand settlements, a future Labor government will consult like-minded nations towards recognition of the Palestinian state”.
To know where Tony Burke is coming from:
Labor frontbencher Tony Burke, for instance, represents the Sydney seat of Watson, which now has an astonishing 20 per cent of Muslim voters. In fact, of the 20 seats with the most Muslim voters, many in western Sydney, Labor holds all but one.
It shows. Two years ago, the Gillard government dropped support for Israel in the United Nations after foreign minister Bob Carr spent an hour with prime minister Julia Gillard, as The Australian reported, “explaining the electoral problems in Sydney”.
Added The Sydney Morning Herald: “Many MPs in western Sydney, who are already fearful of losing their seats, are coming under pressure from constituents with a Middle East background.”
Last September, the Mufti of Australia even wrote to Labor members warning that union boss Paul Howe had a “bias” towards Israel, and if he became a senator, Labor would lose the Muslim votes that helped “successfully retain the majority of ALP seats in Western Sydney”. Howes was stopped.
To know just what Tony Burke will say to win Muslim votes at an Australia Palestine Advocacy Network Fundraising Dinner:
If you are serious about justice, then we need to acknowledge and acknowledge the truth, that all Israeli settlements on Palestinian land are illegal. If we’re serious about speaking the truth then we must unequivocally be able to say that East Jerusalem is occupied…
For those who are political advocates within Palestine itself, I will never know the bravery that comes with putting your life on the line and at risk, in engaging in politics in different ways.
I’d bet many of Burke’s audience heard that as an implicit endorsement of Palestinian terrorism.
Jewish members of Labor should be fighting like fury against this dangerous pandering. Where are they?

xiaomi3 hours ago
hey idiot that whole debate was based around criticism of dementure
which preety well exposes your lot for what they are
get over it move o

marigold it is admirable that you provide care for Bruce Whiteside (never hides behind Rugby ;-) but if you were to go back to the 17th may 2014 you will find a post by him on PP admitting to using "a downright lie" and using Hanson as bait. So bored in his life he also admitted "On a rainy day it helps pass the time". Of course his sidekick Tomo was involved adding "rugby i got this great shiny new lure it will catch this lot so easy".

Bruce in the past has also spat the dummy when caught out for reality fiddling and said he is leaving PP but then as expected he comes back bold as brass again. This led to suggestions that he is not a man of his word which when considered in with the lying admission indicates the folly of not questioning his account of the past or present to ascertain for oneself if it is true or not instead of just being his patsy.

As for CS being ignored I think it has more to do with there having been 4 more main topics to post on since this one and posters in the main are tired of being lectured about PH and how Australia should be run by a relevance seeker.

This guy [Douglas Murray] is the Geert Wilders of Britain...he speaks the truth about radical Islam & is all over their media spreading his message as part of the Henry Jackson society. Sadly he has to have 24hr protection for daring to criticise the religion of peace: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uM_0D3DUQpE

Now there was a Prime Minister.

PS Marigold, you sound like another person I admired...Margaret Thatcher.

Marigold, it is not my beliefs that need challenging, my beliefs have got nothing to do with the reality of what is happening.....all I see is if the PM remains on an equal footing with a rapist then he has got to lose, there is no way he can win.....not a good outlook but the LNP members will sort it before the next election......if I am on a ship that is sinking then I know I would have the intelligence to jump off and not go down with it.

Did anyone else catch last night 4 Corners program? It was one of the best i've seen following an Israeli journalist embedded with Syrian Curdish guerrillas fighting against ISIS. For those who came in late try and google it, sorry i don't have the link. Most of the fighters featured where woman making the story all the more interesting. Let me tell you some/most of these woman were absolutely gorgeous. The show highlighted how honorable the Curds are and what a bunch of cowardly filth is ISIS. I wish them well and hope our Government does more to support their efforts. It would be good if they wound up with their own homeland too.