I have something to say about the siege in Sydney, and it may not be what you’re expecting.
I don’t think I need to discuss the shocking waste of life. Those two poor souls who were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. I don’t think there’s a reader of this blog who doesn’t empathize with them and their families and wish it had turned out different.
But there are some things which have come out of this which I think are well worth drawing attention to:
Firstly, our police are awesome.
I’ve seen comments where people feel the police should have taken this Man Monis out in the first hour. That’s what they would have done. Because they’re idiots. The police were operating under the best information they had at the time. They didn’t know if there were bombs inside, or if this guy was alone or had company. Can I just say that if ever I’m a hostage I want these guys flown in. Everyone from the negotiator to the officers at the barricades. I was so impressed with how they were handling everything I think my wife got sick of me saying it.
Secondly, this guy didn’t represent Islam or refugees. He represented himself. He is, according to social media, The Lone Dickhead.
I just LOVE how social media took to the web to reinforce this message. I LOVE that anyone considering this sort of stupidity in the future knows how they’ll be thought of. We won’t break. We’ll just call them a dickhead and get on with it. What could be more Australian!?
How fucking awesome are we as a nation?! I don’t think I’ve ever felt more in touch with my fellow Australians. Seriously. It doesn’t matter if you believe in shite we think is bollocks, you deserve to be able to move around this country without fear. And I’ll stand next to you to make sure you aren’t alone. I actually had tears in my eyes when I read about this. I actually welled up.
Well done, us. Well done, Australia. We are a nation of different cultures, colours and religions, but in this we are standing united. I myself am agnostic, but I will defend your right to believe whatever spiritual nonsense you like. Even if I think it’s daft. It might be. It might not. I don’t know what happens when you die and I’m not eager to find out. Unlike some. There are dickheads out there, like The Lone Dickhead, who mean good people harm and mean to cause havoc within our communities, but we won’t make you stand alone. That is the message this hashtag is sending.
Wouldn’t it be lovely if, instead of encouraging hatred, this act of hatred brings our community closer together? Wouldn’t it be lovely if the end result is the opposite of what one might expect?
Which is, from what I’ve seen, the way it seems to be going. Although I have been watching ABC and apparently some of the other media outlets haven’t been as sensible.
But given what I’ve seen and witnessed, I have to say, I’ve never felt prouder to be an Australian.
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