Cry Lebbo

We, the boiling frogs, watched seven state premiers and a Territorian embarrass themselves with indecent haste to embrace the ugly foster child of terrorism.

An abrupt increase in government power to harass its citizens and silently jail them for SEVEN years, threatening likewise family or reporter who might blow the whistle… strike that, they can’t because they won’t actually know, because the jailed unfortunate might effectively cop life should he tell anyone.

We frogs also wondered why such laws were NOT necessary during that long half-century when Communism threatened to engulf the world, and local Red Party members met in a neighbourhood commie’s house to plan their devilish overthrow of our democratic way of life.

We, the Aussie battlers, though willingly wooed by that ol’ Silver Tongue royalist, still howled him down and threw out his attempt to outlaw the Communist Party of Australia, despite their stated seditious mission.

Didn’t worry us! Why, if we wanted we would vote the bloody pinkos into power and consequences be damned. It was our right, our birthright. We had just fought for our lives and survived World War Two for just such a privilege.

And didn’t the Brits spend the last century fighting IRA assaults, the last thirty years of which they endured bombing of London on a regular basis? No special laws needed then – in either case, either country.

Then there was this fella called Guy Fawkes

Just to explain the snarling tone of this op-ed, it’s my contention that rushing to sedition laws at every perceived threat propels us to the status of a snivelling, small-minded, selfish little nation. "Although Guy Fawkes’ actions were considered terrorism, cynical Britons, who criticize the integrity of politicians, joke he was the only man to go to Parliament with honourable intentions."

What, then, is so suddenly different that new laws are needed?

On top of that – as if it could be topped – we need drastic and absolutely instant new police powers the bolt down a modern free city because a throng of young fools do what any respectably-moronic youth do anywhere in the world at the smell of a street fight.

Then we all gasp in mock-horror and frantically accessorize the wallopers.

After a week of hysteria in the fine free press justifying the biggest police operation since, well, the last one, who then emerges as most opportunistic manipulators of "the Sydney race riots of Christmas 2005"?

White supremacists, those Nazi-emulators, the ultra-nationalists.

Nine days after the shock horror riots, New South Wales police arrested seven men carrying petrol bombs in Sydney in separate incidents, later raiding their homes to discover all sorts of peculiar paraphernalia.

Two men caught with petrol bombs on a public bus at Bondi after a tip-off from the driver. Five men were arrested at Brighton Le Sands when police found a drum of petrol and condoms in their car, intended (it’s claimed) for making petrol bombs. Police described the men as white, or of European, appearance.

NSW Deputy Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione announced "what was seized shows there is no need to apologize for widespread disruptions to traffic across the city."

"We’re talking about weapons that are potentially are there to kill and to potentially maim those in the community," he said. "This is yet again a justification in terms of why we are doing what we are doing."

Before you go, please take this final thought with you..

In the light of the Sydney Race Riots of December 2005 with the sudden dramatic laws and suburban ‘lock down’ and an army of police weeding troublemakers from the asphalt arteries, has anyone noticed the prime suspects – the swingers and movers of this entire escapade, our beloved ‘white supremacists’ – have been wandering the streets of our cities for the last fifty years spreading their hideous brand of hatred… totally unmolested, and nowadays never reported, considered too passé by mainstream media?

Then someone shouts "Lebbo" and all hell breaks loose in the media.