Monday, July 30, 2007


I have worn eye glasses since my late teens to assist my long distance view.
With minor corrections over the years my eyesight has remained stable until late last year when I noticed differences which caused me to have my eyesight re-tested again by my optician in respect of my long distance view and the new experience needing reading glasses for minor correction. The optician confirmed that my cataracts had grown since the last test twelve months ago although not causing alarm for an immidiate operation.
Tests revealed any further correction to my glasses did not help as the problem was lack of light in my eyes as a result of the cateracts.
I followed the recommendation to have an examination by a specialist which in my case it had to be thought the public health system (Brisbane, Queensland).
Placed on the waiting list, seven month later I had my appointment, basic eye test by a nursing sister and later with the consultant.
This was an experience, the no doubt able and experienced consultant asked what was my age (75), did I still drive, (yes), what was my problem, kept reading his notes, interupted shortly after I started to speak, told me to put my chin there, looked in the one eye then next and explained you don't need an operation on your cateracts, told me hold your chin here again looking at each eye with his magnifying piece and explained here is a note come back in three months time for an examination to find out what is going on (his words).
I was processed and spat out like a sausage all in about seven minutes leaving me wondering what it was all about.

30th July 2007

Thursday, July 05, 2007


"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do
nothing" quoted from Edmund Burke a British Philosopher.
A man whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War Two owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism.
"Very few people were true Nazis "he said," but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come.My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories."
We are told again and again by "experts" and "talking heads" that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace.
Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectre of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history.
It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honour kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. The hard quantifiable fact is that the "peaceful majority" the "silent majority" is cowed and extraneous.
Communist Russia comprised Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant.
China's huge population, it was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.
The average Japanese individual prior to World War 2 was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel and bayonet.
And, who can forget Rwanda , which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were "peace loving"?
History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points: Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence.
Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don't speak up, because like my friend from Germany , they will awake one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.
Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late.
As for us who watch it all unfold; we must pay attention to the only group that counts; the fanatics who threaten our way of life.