Support our troops, bring them home

Several Australian soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan so far. But what are we there for? To fight an international war against terrorism? If that is the case, our best bet is to minimise the potential for terrorism in Australia, by minimising their social bases of support.

It’s time to reduce Muslim immigration into Australia, and to offer economic assistance to those Muslims who wish to be reunited with their people’s homelands, where they could live in harmony with Islamic society and culture. If Rudd is serious about protecting Australia, he would stop the immigration-driven growth of Islam in Australia right now; but, of course, he won’t.

We don’t want Australian troops to die in Afghanistan in order to underpin trade deals with America. We don’t want Australian blood to fertilise Middle Eastern soil.

If Rudd is serious about not looking like an American lackey, he will pull our troops out of Iraq, but not just to send them off to die in Afghanistan instead. The real terrorist threat to Australia comes from fundamentalist Muslims. How many are coming here hidden within the huge flood of immigrants from the Third World? How many are coming here as illegal immigrants, where – as is a common practice – they are being smuggled across the Torres Straits at night? It’s time to bring our troops home and use our military resources to protect our coastline instead.

Despite any debate over whether or not our country should send troops to the Middle East, our problem is with the politicians who keep our soldiers there, not with the Australian troops who are bravely carrying out their duties to the best of their abilities. We need to support them, by bringing them home safe and sound, so that they can do what they joined up for, which was to protect Australia, not to fight for America’s ill-thought foreign policies.


Never again should Australian troops have to face the prospect, as they did in the era of the Vietnam War, of returning home to be spat upon and mistreated by vile communists, socialists and other fellow-travellers.

Our military personnel are the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers of everyday Australians; they are people who joined up to serve their country. If people are opposed to the war in the Middle East, they should fight with the politicians, not with the soldiers who are doing their duty.

The following email has been doing the rounds on the internet and is worthwhile reading.

A message I received from a friend today. Thought I would share it with you.

Last week I was in Melbourne attending a conference. While I was in the airport, returning home, I heard several people behind me beginning to clap and cheer. I immediately turned around and witnessed one of the greatest acts of patriotism I have ever seen.

Moving through the terminal was a group of soldiers in their uniforms. As they began heading to their gate everyone (well, almost everyone) was abruptly to their feet with their hands waving and cheering.

When I saw the soldiers, probably 30-40 of them, being applauded and cheered for, it hit me. I’m not alone. I’m not the only red-blooded Australian who still loves this country and supports our troops and their families. Of course I immediately stopped and began clapping for these young unsung heroes who are putting their lives on the line everyday for us so we can go to school, work, and enjoy our home without fear or reprisal.

Just when I thought I could not be more proud of my country or of our service men and women a young girl, not more than 6 or 7 years old, ran up to one of the male soldiers.

He knelt down and said “Hi” the little girl then asked him if he would give something to her daddy for her.

The young soldier didn’t look any older than maybe 22 himself, said he would try and what did she want to give to her daddy.

Suddenly the little girl grabbed the neck of this soldier, gave him the biggest hug she could muster and then kissed him on the cheek.

The mother of the little girl, who said her daughter’s name was Courtney, told the young soldier that her husband was a corporal and had been in Afghanistan for 5 months now.

As the mum was explaining how much her daughter, Courtney, missed her father, the young soldier began to tear up.

When this temporarily single mum was done explaining her situation, all of the soldiers huddled together for a brief second. Then one of the other servicemen pulled out a military looking walkie-talkie. They started playing with the device and talking back and forth on it.

After about 10-15 seconds of this, the young soldier walked back over to Courtney, bent down and said this to her, “I spoke to your daddy and he told me to give this to you”. He then hugged this little girl that he had just met and gave her a kiss on the cheek. He finished by saying “Your daddy told me to tell you that he loves you more than anything and he is coming home very soon”.

The mum at this point was crying almost uncontrollably and as the young soldier stood to his feet he saluted Courtney and her mum. I was standing no more than 6 feet away as this entire event unfolded. As the soldiers began to leave, heading towards their gate, people resumed their applause. As I stood there applauding and looked around, there were very few dry eyes, including my own. That young soldier in one last act of moment turned around and blew a kiss to Courtney with a tear rolling down his cheek.

We need to remember everyday all of our soldiers and their families and thank God for them and their sacrifices.

Lest we Forget.

It is possible that the email reproduced above may be an email that has been reworded to give it an Australian flavour (as has happened in some other instances), but either way its point is still valid.

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