The Boston Bombings: Can it happen here? 0



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Today’s bombings in Boston US during the running of the Boston Marathon are a stark reminder of the world we live in. This risk is present in all countries and a near daily occurrence in the Middle East. Occasionally we are reminded of why troops born of western democracy haunt the lands of those whom are known to perpetrate such atrocities.

I would be condemned by some for jumping to conclusions but the risk and threat of this occurring in Australia is ever present.  Our fine country of Australia has a heritage of mateship and courage in tackling difficult conditions to forge the nation we enjoy today.

Recent media coverage of refugees, illegal immigrants, includes many complaints of living conditions that they experience in places like Christmas Island etc.  I migrated to Australia in 1969 at the age of 15.  I needed to be able to speak English, be fit and healthy and have a sponsor (No government assistance back then).

I was close to dying of thirst in 1970 carrying my bag to my first mining job in the north of South Australia in January heat of 45 Celsius.

I spent much of my life building and operating the mining industry in outback locations.  My life, though in tough conditions, was fortunate in comparison to early settlers and miners, who built railways, and cleared the bush for the farms that now give us our food supply.

Similarly, our armed forces endured tough conditions in deserts and jungles, living in tents, and made sacrifices for Australia to protect the freedoms and lifestyle we enjoy.

To allow the current influx of illegal immigrants to play on our established character of stable western democracy, to allow them to cry foul about our charity is a slap in the face.  Are we going soft on these who come in illegally and make demands for luxury lifestyles, when our pioneers and forebears lived in tents in far worse conditions?

These recent arrivals have never experienced, nor have any respect for, the hardships over the past two hundred years that forged this country.

The recent attempt in an Australian court to have a Muslim man cleared of rape due to differences in his cultural background is crossing the line and I feel the need to speak out.  In the rapist’s defense, his lawyer argued that he wasn’t at all clear about this whole “Women are human beings” thing. ???

The risks are clear and I feel for the majority of migrants and refuges whom strive to become Australians no matter where they come from. I pray the radical element of Islam gives the cultural spread of Australia the respect it deserves and we do not witness such events as 9/11 and Boston.

If they cannot be grateful for tents and basic comforts, respect Australian law and culture, then they can go back to whence they came as many did from my time.

I am glad I came.  I didn’t complain.  I worked, and I became an Australian.

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Brian Cain

Brian Cain was born in the South London UK in 1953, one of six boys to a military family and migrated to Australia in 1969 at the age of 15. His forty years in the mining industry began as a kitchen hand in a remote Australian mine in 1970. He worked his way up on plant and heavy equipment to supervisor, superintendant and management roles. He has travelled in Australia touching places few get to see. He plays drums, guitar and is an accomplished blues harmonica player. He is also a vocalist and songwriter, recording and releasing his own songs. He is a husband, father, grandfather and lives in the central highlands of New South Wales Australia with his wife and family. He also writes and publishes novels on a variety of topics drawing from his colourful life and is currently active in the Australian political scene

  1. Of course similar could happen here! We can’t allow ourselves to be blinkered so.

    And don’t even start me on our court system!

    And don’t even start me on the Muslim being cleared of rape charges due to his cultural background!

    I have a couple of very descriptive words to say regarding this…but in present company, I shall refrain from letting loose!

    Other than to say, rapists, no matter who they are; where they are or what their religious or otherwise beliefs are have no defenses to put forth. They should be punished accordingly – that is, if we had strength and sensibility in our court system; a system that all too often just give raps over the knuckles and send the perpetrators on their way; or hand out soft sentences. It’s a big joke!

    I think you understand where I’m coming from without me having to say more!

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