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YOUNG COUNTRY BOY. Hope is there, you just gotta know where to look.
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Craig H.    Posted 12-30-2002 at 03:56:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Being patriotic I guess I should say that Australia is the greatest country on earth, and this I firmly believe. It's just that I don't trust our politicians to keep it that way. I am a white Australian who holds a deep respect for our indigenous people, I am also proud of the people who have and continue to migrate here in order to make my country the great multi-cultural land that it is. I am proud that I have Muslim and Budhist friends, people who condemn violence.
I gather that America is similar to Australia in its level of multi-culturalism. If it werent for the migrants from Ireland maybe JFK would never have been president, and what about everything the Italians have brought to America. Can you imagine New York being anything but a cultural melting pot. Heck lets face it, we are all migrants by way of ancestory. Itis so sad that we seem to be loosing our tolerance, Australia has had a history of extending your hand to a newcomer. A hand to offer help, understanding and friendship. Surely this is the same for America. If you are a vet you should be proud of the democratic freedom that our countries hopefully will share for a long time. My Grandfather died when I was a young boy due to the efects he held for many years caused by mustard gas poisoning during WW1. My late father sustained injuries as a young Air Force Officer during the Japanese attack on Darwin in WW2. These men I know fought not only for freedom but also for tolerance. Australia was the only country to support the USA during the Vietnam War, I was only a few short years from the draft, and I lost a cousin during the battle of Long Tan. So you see, Australia with a population of only 20 million people has lent a hand to others and I hope we continue to do so, but I will NOT support my country's involvement in George W's attack on Iraq. What I want my country to do for me is to make sure as best it can to allow only law abiding citizens migrate here who will contribute to make it remain the best place on earth to live. In return, I will defend my country and her people at a time of unprovoked attack. May all we citizens of the world have a peacefull and safe 2003 and beyond. We dont need any more Sept. 11 or Bali masacares. Idealistic I know, but isn't the thought wonderful.
Kind regards
Craig H.


Alvin-Va    Posted 12-30-2002 at 18:23:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Craig
I certainly understand the pride you have in your Country,from your countrymen that I have met and the information I read and hear it must be truly a great place.I say this first to assure you that I mean no personal attack on you or The Land Down Under.
You seem well informed about the history of our Country,but I was wondering if possibly you forgot a part of your history when you said"What I want my country to do for me is to make sure as best it can to allow only law abiding citizens migrate here".Check the history of the colonization of your Country,if this test had been applied from about the year 1800 onward,your population would still be mostly kangroos and Aborigines.Again,not to belittle anyone,just historic facts.
Now,about your Muslim friends,I'm sure they are wonderfull people who condemn violence.Just a thought here,you may want to ask them to pass the word to others of their faith that the wholesale slaughter of innocent people worldwide seems to contrast with the peacefull,idealistic views you espouse.Talk to them,please,if not for yourself do it for us, because quite frankly we are getting pretty damned mad about planes flying into buildings and people being butchered{three innocent medical workers gunned down in Yemen today}
I am truly sorry that so many of your Countrymen and Women perished in Bali.I hope that it doesn't happen in your country,but if it does,don't be so hard on our President about it.

Best regards
Your American friend
Alvin

BTW,Give my regards to John L.


H. Arnold Merklethrope    Posted 12-30-2002 at 15:28:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well ok, Craig H. But no more shrimp on the barby for you and I'm not going watch another re-run of Crocodile Dundee.


Walt    Posted 12-30-2002 at 09:54:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Why did you support the Vietnam war but turn your back on the current crisis in the middle east?

Sorry, but I stand behind President Bush to the bitter end.

Walt


Old Sarge    Posted 12-30-2002 at 08:37:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Craig,
I served alongside the 5th Bn. RAR in Nam. They were some of the best soldiers I ever encountered. The RAR also had one of the finest field showering devices I saw. We traded them tea for lots of them.


LH    Posted 12-30-2002 at 06:22:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Very well stated Craig, and I agree with oyu wholeheartedly


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