September 11, 2003


Hey, we’ve won:

The Prime Minister, John Howard, has effectively declared victory in the so-called culture wars over the past treatment of Aborigines, saying that "people no longer ask me for an apology".

In making the remarks, Mr Howard issued a provocative, yet probably sincere, message to his predecessor, Paul Keating: "It has been more than seven years. I hope you get over it soon."

It won’t happen, not even if Paul lives as long as Edward Teller. And, hey, we’ve won again:

Defiant to the end, Imam Samudra sat with his fingers in his ears as the five judges sentencing him to death chastised him and read messages of peace and love.

"Go to hell," screamed the mastermind of the Bali bombings. "Do you think I'm afraid?"

Nobody said you were, Sammy. Not that you would have heard them, what with your fingers in your ears and all.

Posted by Tim Blair at September 11, 2003 03:30 AM

As usual JoHo proves that as far as intellect and real culture go he's a million miles in front of that old bully boy, facist Keating.

Posted by: Toryhere at September 11, 2003 at 08:55 AM

I saw Jake Ryan on A Current Affair last night being interviewed about his reaction to Samudra's sentence. Jake could barely keep the smile under control and neither could I. I'm just so happy that one less shameless terrorist will share the same sunshine as us.

BTW, the Southport Sharks made it is far as the Finals before being knocked out. Good one Lads!

Posted by: Jake D at September 11, 2003 at 09:31 AM

It is good to see he took it like a man. I wonder if they will let him put his fingers in his ears when he is in front of the firing squad :)

Posted by: Rob at September 11, 2003 at 09:38 AM

John Howard's comments to Keating were very mature and forgiving, conssidering all the abuse Keating has heaped on him over the years. Can you imagine what Keating would be saying if the positions werte reversed: something about scumbags ?

Posted by: Rob (No.1) at September 11, 2003 at 10:27 AM

Does anyone understand why the Indon cops put the handcuffs on these guys with their hands in front of them instead of behind their backs? As a result they need two cops to stop them raising their arms defiantly. Wonderful piece of theatre but weird technique. Hope we get to see the firing squad streaming video on the net.

Posted by: uburoi at September 11, 2003 at 10:41 AM

Hey Tim, whats happened? We've had four posts (now five) from right wing death beasts gigling themselves silly over the fact that we won. Woo Hoo!! And not a single smarmy 'my dad can beat up your dad' peurile comment from one of your resident idiot lefties. Shame really, they seem to normally enjoy having their noses rubbed in their own excrement, like a particularly stupid cocker spaniel. And we do enjoy watching.

Posted by: Todd at September 11, 2003 at 10:54 AM

htaccess rules d00d.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at September 11, 2003 at 11:14 AM

Then again they're probably sleeping off a night of binging in an alleyway somewhere.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at September 11, 2003 at 11:15 AM

what was been won precisely?

history will be written by the prevailing power. er, that's how history works. a little to the lft, a little to the right, whatever.

war against terror? war against poverty? war against drugs?

i genuinely struggle to ascertain how anyone measures a win or a loss.

Posted by: chico o'farrill at September 11, 2003 at 01:04 PM

Keating's bile is instinctive. He will never change.

Strange how, of all surviving Australian Prime Ministers, the only one who seems to have achieved elder statesmanship is the ultimate left icon, Gough Whitlam: who still manages the occasional self-deprecating remark amongst the florid grandiloquence.

The rest - Fraser, Keating and, to a lesser extent, Hawke - are embittered, cantankerous and self-serving yesterday's men.

Posted by: ilibcc at September 11, 2003 at 02:15 PM

WHitlam is the worst of all, because the stupid labor luvvies (oops, tautology) idolise him so. The fact that his short lived government almost ran this country's economy into the ground is now conveniently forgotten and he is lionised as the man who created a few arts grants. The only reason I hope the old sod doesn't die is that the lefty twats in the media would bleat on and on about his demise for days.

Posted by: Toryhere at September 11, 2003 at 02:50 PM

I remember that AlpBC special interview of Whitlam by John Faulkner. I had previously thought that Fraser's blocking of supply was a cheap political trick (remember -- I'm a Howard loving conservative). But during the interview I was amazed at how many basic fuckups that the Whitlam government made. I decided that Fraser is a true Australian patriot and should have a thousand towering statues made in his image and every Australian should by told thrice daily of what a great deed he did for his country.

Posted by: FirstIraqThenChirac at September 11, 2003 at 03:25 PM

As for the blocking of supply to that disastrous, nation destroying, corrupt and pathologically incompetent Whitlam government, the ALP had tried to do it to Conservative governments on no less than 157 occasions over the previous 20 years, at times stating that their entire purpose was to bring down the Government. Being the ALP, they screwed the pooch every time and then whinged when Fraser got it right.

Unfortunately, that was the only bloody thing Fraser did get right.

Posted by: Paul Johnson at September 11, 2003 at 04:58 PM

Whitlam ? Isn't he the bloke who pinched the nations credit card whilst we slept, took it to a North Sydney motel and tried to hock us to an Arab loan shark for the next fifty years ?

Posted by: Jafa at September 12, 2003 at 01:40 AM

Chico: a win is when all the Islamofascists have been reduced to sticky red blobs.

Posted by: David Gillies at September 12, 2003 at 05:30 AM


if one assumes that "Islamofascists" constitutes a specific & identifiable group, I agree with you wholeheartedly.

my points remains that no-one, at this time, has the ability to identify the group. and the heavy duty efforts post-911 in Middle East have created a more favourable playing field for "Islamofascists".

the constant references to "the evil ones" without a clear and public process to identify

a) who the people are
b) what they want - no matter how fucking crazy their demands are

is going to result in the endless cycle.

just my opinion.

Posted by: chico o'farrill at September 12, 2003 at 11:26 AM