Powerful Intellects at Work
The world is going to hell and high water.
Nepal is in ruins; the barbarians are knocking at the gates of Baghdad and Damascus and destroying lives and world heritage relics on their way; there are international refugee crises in the Mediterranean and in South East Asia; Indonesian armed forces have just destroyed an ISIS terrorist cell in Sulawesi, and the Singapore Prime Minister warned three days ago of growing numbers of Malays and Indonesians joining the barbarians to the extent that they now have their own Brigade fighting with ISIS.
In Australia the economy is marginally short of crisis. There are increasing tensions between our oldest ally and our chief trading partner over international maritime law and freedom of navigation through the disputed Spratly Islands area in the South China Sea. China is flexing its military muscle to an unprecedented extent in order to project power far beyond its traditional boundaries. China and Japan, two of our big trading partners, are in deep diplomatic conflict of disputed territory and freedom of navigation. Each is playing a dangerous game of brinkmanship with their military forces testing these limits.
As ever Europe wallows about in complete indecision over almost everything, especially the perennial problem of Greece.
And the world of soccer – what’s the favourite SBS phrase – the game mondial – is unsurprisingly rocked by scandal.
And so, what is the contribution to all this by Her Majesty’s Australian Leader of the Opposition – yesterday [Monday 1 June] he introduced a bill to legalise homosexual marriage.
If that is the sum total of the mindset of our chattering classes, of which he is its chief spokes-master, we deserve the journey down that long rocky road of perdition.