On Thursday last week Tim Blair’s piece about the boatpeople tragedy started by saying; ‘Stop the Boats’ then, almost as an afterthought, he added ‘Stop the Deaths’. Anyone with any real concerns would simply be saying ‘Stop the Deaths’. But then everyone knows where this Islamophobic racist’s priorities really lie. After all, why else would one promote the world’s second most Islamophobic war mongering loon on the planet, Mark Steyn. (The world’s most Islamophobic lunatic is probably Daniel Pipes, but there would be others in the running.)
Like Andrew Bolt, Tim Blair’s obsessive interest in boatpeople and the disasters that occasionally befall them is simply the propaganda opportunity these tragedies provide in order for the likes of Blair and Bolt, et al, to push their anti-Islam and xenophobic nonsense to the people of Australia.
In light of the fact that asylum seeing refugees will continue to find way to come to Australia no matter what, the best way to stop the deaths would be for the Indonesian and Australian authorities to ensure that boats are seaworthy or, better still, simply fly them in. Making life difficult for these people will not stop the tragedies and nor will it stop them coming here.