I am disgusted at the comments of some of my so-called Australian citizens in regards to an Article written by Paul Sheehan about the case against the Commandos here in Australia.
The article can be read here in full http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politi...017-16p1b.html, but this is just a snippet of some of the leftist comments being published.
Quit frankly it makes me sick to see what this beautiful country has become!!
What a dishonest piece of journalism. First Sheehan says:
"Nothing in this column should be interpreted as a criticism, overt or implied, of Brigadier McDade."
And then he goes on to uncritically recite every piece of criticism of Brigadier McDade he can find. And that's really the entire article - one piece of criticism after another, with not a single attempt to counter those criticisms with the opposing view. It's more than dishonest - it's outright slimy.
Simon - October 18, 2010, 7:30AM
Shame on you Sheehan for dragging this rubbish up.
So.... in your view, when soldiers dont follow their orders and civilians are killer or injured, they should be let off because their on our side? It is exactly the moral distincton between us and terrorists.
No one is being thrown to the wolves. You admit that havent seen the evidence, then butt out mate!
Proposals to have generals veto military proscutions is an absolute abomination! Why have militry prosecutors at all in that case?
The principals in this matter are very clear and have developed over centuries of military history and combat and this particular framework was introduced by (Howard and Abbott). To draq these principals into question as you, Abbott and Alan Jones have done, merely because you see some political points in it, just illustrates how low you people will go.
By the way, I wasnt aware the military's rules of engagement were changed under the Gillard Government as you imply. You might like to enlighten the rest us?
ged | Nmbin - October 18, 2010, 7:36AM
Five children are dead! The soldiers involved need to be held to account. That doesn't mean that they are guilty. I couldn't be more proud of Lyn McDade. End of story.
Luke | Canberra - October 18, 2010, 7:40AM
"A widely held view has formed within the military community that the Australian deployment in Afghanistan has been compromised by rules of engagement which reflect the Gillard government's desire to avoid civilian casualties'
This is a joke right Paul?
No doubt fed to you by an opposition which when in Government presided over a deployment in Iraq in which the only casualty was a single self inflicted one.
But hey, never let an opportunity pass you by to take a dig at the Gillard Government.
Lloyd | Sydney - October 18, 2010, 7:40AM
If anyone should be prosecuted for the bloody debacle that is Afghanistan it should be George W. Bush, **** Cheney, Condaleeza Rice and their associates, including that mean and tricky 'man of steel" John W. Howard.
Max Gross | xenoxnews.com - October 18, 2010, 8:02AM
Shouldn't this matter be dealt with via the military justice system and not the media? It certainly shouldn't be dealt with by comments from former or serving Defence personnel.
Why is there such fear of having people put on trial?
I have no issue with people publicly commenting on the veracity of the evidence however I find it really disturbing that people are so afraid of having the evidence presented in the first place.
G | Brisbane - October 18, 2010, 8:34AM
Bit harsh aren't you chaps?
I think Paul Sheahan makes the perfectly valid point that frontline soldiers are pissed about this, which they are.
The fact that Brigadier McDade is a woman with no combat exposure also would add to this consternation, unfair though that may be.
But the principle must stand, if our soldiers are guilty of any crimes, then they should face justice like anyone else. That's what we are supposed to be fighting for.
PS. Could the claque of Labor barrackers that heap abuse on anyone with critical opinions regarding the Gillard Government in this paper please leave the comments page to people interested in the actual story?
Ulysses | Orange - October 18, 2010, 8:44AM
So. Paul it is obvious where your sympathies lie. No examination of the truth or otherwise of Abbott's divisive dragging of the government ( wrongly, and under a law introduced by the Howard government and the DMP appointed by Howard ) into it?
No examination of the merits of Charlie Lynn's anti-democtratic. populist stance? No dissenting opinions from the ones, even unattributed, who understand the need in a democracy for the independence of the executive and the judicial systems from the military? No opinions about the supremacy of civil authority in a democracy - that the military are part of the populace and are necessarily subordinate to the civil authority in a democracy? No examination of Brig ( retired ) Phillip McNamara's obvious confusion of the fact that the DMP is independent from the military?
Funnily enough, I can find no attribution of your claimed statements by your "brace" ( a brace is two, not three ) of retired soldiers. The only attributions about all refer to this article. Not only that, but Digger James' only recorded protest seems to be on the subject of the International Criminal Court's jurisdiction on this subject, not on this particular matter of the DMP's charges.
It would seem, Paul that you have chosen to further the deception by Abbott and his handlers ( Jones etc. ) on the Australian people and sought to publicise the "military always know best, what would civilians know" attitude of those who would prefer to be the masters so that they don't have to put up with all this questioning all the time.
Let justice take its course.
BillR - October 18, 2010, 8:47AM
Paul Sheehan - miracle water man, the Piers Ackerman of the SMH.
To the editor - if you need to present a "balance" of viewpoints and want to present conservative points of view, how about employing people of intelligence, integrity and intellectual rigour in stead of the third-raters like Sheehan and the thankfully now gone Devine?
I do realise that to use those criteria in respect to Australian conservatives is a pretty thankless task, but you could try people like Walled Ali and .... er, and,er.... dammit, there must be more than one in Australia?
BillR - October 18, 2010, 8:57AM
George W Bush should be tried as a war criminal.
As to the case in question, it is subject to the legal process and we should trust that justice will be done.
The media has become enamoured with its power and is becoming an enemy of the democratic process with its unbalanced and biased commentary.
Fairdinkum | NSW - October 18, 2010, 9:00AM