Thursday, June 13, 2002


The rationale behind seeking refugee status might be summed up as "I don't want to be here, but I can't go home. Please let me stay".

The UN has ruled that only 10% of the Tampa boat people are refugees. Not the evil fascist non-elected Australian Government. The UN. The reason is clearly that the US and Australian efforts in Afghanistan has turned that country from the seething shithole of religious primitivism it was in August, to somewhere that people can return to. So the "I can't go home" bit has been fixed.

It's not as nice as Australia. But very very few places are. Wanting to be someplace better is not enough, according to UN standards, to get you a refugee spot. This is for the very good reason that it debases the standard by which you measure persecution.

So to conclude: we and our allies have done what no other outfit in thirty years has done. We made Afghanistan fit to live in, or soon will be. We have taken the most effective step possible to eliminate the need for Afghanis to undertake life-threatening voyages from their home. Lives will saved, both on the sea and on land.

I don't expect thanks for those who laid it on the line, but perhaps an easing in the hatred?

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