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Last updated on August 3rd, 2017 at 09:52 am
Nothing puts a country on the map like a good, old-fashioned riot—practically everybody has heard of France nowadays—so let’s see what foreign types are saying about Australia in the wake of our beachside violence:
* The Washington Post’s Anthony Faiola is a big-picture guy (the riots “have sparked an extraordinary level of soul-searching across this island country”), which is just as well, because he sure sucks on the details. For example:
Cronulla Beach, a suburb …
The suburb is Cronulla.
Authorities arrested 18 Islamic radicals in Sydney and Melbourne last month … Among their plans, according to testimony and evidence presented in court, were a bomb attack on a nuclear power plant in Sydney …
They’d have to build one first. Australia doesn’t have a nuclear power plant; there’s a small research reactor out Lucas Heights way, but that’s it.
At least one man in the crowd wore a shirt that read, “Osama Bin Laden Doesn’t Surf.”
I’ve seen that shirt. It actually reads: “Osama Don’t Surf.”
Members of Howard’s Conservative Party …
John Howard leads the Liberal Party. Stick to uncheckably vast generalisations, Anthony (“The dispatch of soldiers to Iraq has jarred the national psyche”).
* John O’Sullivan in Chicago’s Sun-Times is right on the facts and sound in his analysis; but I would say that, being a fellow evil conservative and all. Lefties might find one or two points of disagreement. (Via Matt Roles)
* Farish A. Noor, in Pakistan’s Daily Times, thinks the riots are linked to massacres that took place thousands of kilometres away during the 19th century:
One should not forget that on the island of Tasmania, for instance, the aborigines were herded and ‘culled’ like vermin a century ago, and that this deliberate wiping out of the aborigines accounts for their near-invisibility in their own country today.
* And Stan Ritova of the Fiji Times writes a detailed and utterly charming piece in which he visits Fijians who’ve lived at Cronulla since 1978.
UPDATE II. Miranda Devine:
While the NSW police lock down entire beachfront suburbs, instruct stores to stop selling baseball bats, and apply the full force of the law to pasty-faced nerds with a taste for Nazi literature, they continue to cower from the real hardmen, the Lebanese-Australian criminal gangs of Sydney’s south-west who have ruled the roost in this city for at least a decade and now number in their thousands.
Read the whole thing; included is a mention of Adrian the cabbie.