Abbott announces Iraq War Assault as Thousands Protest Against Budget Cuts!
As thousands of men, women and children marched in a united protest in main city centres and regional areas right across Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott today announced that Australian troops will “hand deliver” weapons to Iraq.
Even though Australia nor its allies are facing an imminent attack, Australia is now well and truly involved in the Iraq conflict.
Australian planes will risk anti-aircraft fire from Islamic State militants to land on Iraqi soil to deliver arms and munitions to Kurdish fighters.
The announcement has sparked speculation that Australian troops could soon enter the conflict against Islamic militants that now control huge swathes of the country.
Speaking to the so-called “media” today, Abbott said that “Any military activity by Australia, over and above the humanitarian airdrops and the military airlift that we’ve talked about now will be in participation, will be along with allies, and it would be at the request of the government of Iraq.”
TONY ABBOTT ISSUES STARK WARNING: “IT COULD HAPPEN HERE!”
Mr Abbott described events in Iraq as a “humanitarian catastrophe”, and referred to the so called “radicals” believed to be involved in the conflict.
“They are brutalised and they are accustomed to kill in the name of God,” he said.
“If it is right to kill in the name of God in Iraq, there is no reason to think that the same people won’t do likewise … in Australia.”
“We’ve seen beheadings and mass executions — it’s severe,” he said.
The first mission to deliver weapons to Erbil will be undertaken “in coming days”, the prime minister said.
However, the announcement has left both The Greens and Independent MP Andrew Wilkie seething.
Just last week, Andrew Wilkie voiced concerns that Tony Abbott was at “real risk” of repeating the mistake made in 2003 when Australia joined the invasion of Iraq.
Mr Wilkie, who resigned from his position as an intelligence analyst with the Office of National Assessments in 2003 because he believed information stating Iraq as a risk was overblown, said the problem 11 and a half years later was “of our own making”.
“Eleven years ago we helped start a war that has run for 11 and a half years that has created the circumstances in which these so-called jihadists are now running riot across the country and committing terrible atrocities,” he said in Hobart.
“The other regrettable dimension is that the government is at real risk of repeating the mistake of 11 and a half years ago of a prime minister, virtually alone, declaring war in another country.
“If Australia is to recommit combat troops to Iraq it must be, it must be, with the approval of the federal parliament.”
“This is a problem for the international community, not necessarily just for the United States. This is something the United Nations should be debating for a collective response” he said.
However Prime Minister Abbott has by-passed Parliament with today’s announcement defiantly stating that the weapons drop was about doing “what is right for our country and what is best for our world”.
ABBOTT ACCUSED OF DECLARING WAR ON AUSTRALIA!
Meanwhile at Sydney’s March in August demonstration, protesters accused the PM of declaring war on his own people.
The president of the NSW Teachers Federation, Maurie Mulheron, told the crowd the government “simply doesn’t believe” in providing public support for education.
“It is obvious that the Abbott government has declared war on children and young people,” he said.
“It is determined by way of policy to limit opportunity. In short it simply does not believe the government should provide education.”
The government is attempting to push through higher education changes, including deregulation of fees and increasing interest rates for student debts.
Destroy the Joint co-founder Jenna Price said women were hit hardest by many of the cuts in the federal budget.
She also warned a bill currently before the parliament, if passed, would implement measures that were “a form of Workchoices” which would wind back workers’ rights and could allow employees to be “paid with pizza”.
Three months after the Federal Budget was announced, the Abbott government remains hugely unpopular amongst voters following a litany of broken promises not to cut funding to Health, Education, pensions, the ABC and SBS.
An intelligent individual might reasonably conclude that this latest war effort announcement is merely a predictable and cynical attempt to boost his fledging approval ratings.
And you’d be right.