PEACENIKS FOR HALLIBURTON
Byron Bay might be better known as Australia’s Moonbats-By-The-Sea; a zombie enclave of naked war protesters, Che-cultist teachers, idiot writer festivals, and futile peace carnivals. Truly, Byron Bay is making a name for itself on the world map for its propensity to push peace.
But it now emerges that Byron Bay has a hideous connection to American imperialist war-mongering evil! In fact, Byron Bay residents are actually funding this evil, as Byron Bay Echo letter-writer John Weiley points out:
Ratepayers of Byron Bay may be surprised to learn that Byron Shire Council has chosen [Halliburton subsidiary] KBR to manage the upgrade of the Bangalow sewerage works ...
Can our elected Councillors really believe that we would wish to see our rates used to further enrich war criminal Dick Cheney by even one cent?
Councillor Tom Tabart, who voted in support of the Halliburton tender, cranked out some standard Byron Bay lines (“Halliburton[’s] odious connections to the Cheney neo-cons ...”) in an otherwise fence-sitting reply:
The sad truth is that these corporations now control the world’s political systems and until we can get governments off their corrupt teat we are going to be forced to deal with them.
On the other hand, I wish I had voted against the KBR tender. If it had been rejected the subsequent media furore would have made it worth the risk. Next time ...
(Via Raff, our man in Byron Bay)
UPDATE. Raff’s scoop reaches the national media.
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