The courage of the yellow Greens

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If there were ever any doubt that the green-left simply despise the West and its most valued institutions, no clearer proof is needed than Australian Greens leader, Richard di Natale’s extraordinary and disgusting attack on the new senator, Jim Molan, former Major-General with the ADF.

Even while Di Natale frets about the “racist and hurtful” idea of stripping citizenship from jihadis who volunteer to join ISIS overseas, he attacks a decorated and widely respected Australian soldier as a war criminal. His colleague Adam Bandt also denounced Molan as a “coward”.

Such is the courage of those who’ve never lifted a finger to defend their country.

His extraordinary attack this week … was not only wrong, but marked the first time that service of one’s country, along with moral and physical courage, have been deemed disadvantageous to Australian public life …

In Iraq Molan was charged with planning the taking of Fallujah, an insurgent stronghold where civilians who hadn’t fled were being held as human shields by jihadists. Contrary to di Natale’s assertions that “hunger and a deprivation of water” were used as weapons, Molan conspicuously planned for the care of the civilian population.

It is to Jim Molan’s credit that all times this was conducted according to the laws of armed conflict … These are hardly the actions of a war criminal.

Di Natale is the kind of useful idiot whose basic ignorance of the realities of war plays right into the hands of those waging the kind of asymmetrical warfare seen in Iraq.

If anyone was violating international law, it was the fighters who were using civilians as human shields, not the uniformed men and women who were fighting and dying to free them.

As Kipling so memorably wrote, Makin’ mock o’ uniforms that guard you while you sleep is cheap and easy. Understanding the fundamental realities of, not just war, but our political conventions as well is nowhere near as easy as sniping from the safety of parliamentary privilege.

Di Natale’s ideological hatred not only damages his country and its institutions but also risks profound damage to those serving.

For decades after the end of the Vietnam War, the ADF bore the deep psychological scars of betrayal by politicians who scapegoated soldiers for their own political opposition to the war. In my view, having spoken to scores of such men, these psychological scars are sometimes as deep as the experiences of war itself.

Senator Di Natale is now guilty of the same political intolerance. Unless countered, it runs the risk of scarring not just Jim Molan, but the thousands of Australian soldiers, sailors and air force personnel who have fought in Iraq, and Afghanistan too … For all of this, he has no military service to serve as the basis for his preconceptions.

Di Natale could always put his money where his mouth is. Many Australian politicians have served honourably, especially in medical services.

It would always be open to him, as a medical professional, to offer to serve alongside our troops overseas

But that would require, well, personal sacrifice. Whether it’s flying first class around the world while hectoring the hoi polloi about climate change, or sneering at service personnel from high on the parliamentary hill, Greens don’t do personal sacrifice.

Senator Di Natale looks increasingly like a pestersome popinjay in a Shakespearean play. He proclaims his own political courage while scorning those who serve in our wars … When the Islamic State movement and its allies are defeated, as they eventually will be, it will not be because of anything he has done. Jim Molan, on the other hand, can hold his head up high, as can those who have served alongside and under him.

The Spectator Australia


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