Tony Abbott’s Hysterical Obsession with Terrorism: At what point do we Question his Sanity?
Tony Abbott’s obsession with terrorism parted ways with reality some time ago, but his most recent behaviour – particularly in the context of consistently poor polls – has escalated his determination to grandstand on issues of national security with desperate pleas to do whatever it takes to “keep Australia safe.”
It’s a fairly cynical and blatant attempt to wedge Labor on one of the last bastions of credibility that the LNP has left and Labor is yet to blink, lest it be seen as weak on national security.
In the wake of a budget dud that failed to deliver a boost for the government, and a litany of broken promises on health, education and pensions, Tony Abbott is pinning his very survival on his terrorism fanfare.
Abbott’s preoccupation with terrorism has transcended the realms of hysteria to the extent that reasonable people within his own party must now surely be questioning his mental health.
The constant repetition of the so-called ISIL “death cult” is not just weird, but it plays exactly into the publicity ambitions of those terrorist organisations.
The more recent proclamation that Labor is “rolling out the red carpet” for terrorists is not just idiotic, it is counterproductive to a reasonable and factual bipartisan discourse on national security.
Today, the PM has taken his obsession further, unleashing a scathing attack on the national broadcaster and its Q&A program, asking “whose side are you on” after an Australian man convicted of threatening Commonwealth officials appeared on the program.
Mr Abbott said the ABC had effectively given a “terrorist sympathiser” a national podium to express his views.
“They have given a platform to a convicted criminal and terrorist sympathiser – they have given this individual, this disgraceful individual, a platform and in so doing, I believe the national broadcaster has badly let us down,” he said earlier today.
THE ABC IS A “LEFTY LYNCH MOB”
The PM’s comments followed remarks he made to the Coalition joint party room during which he described Q&A as “a lefty lynch mob”.
“I think many, many millions of Australians would feel betrayed by our national broadcaster right now, and I think that the ABC does have to have a long, hard look at itself, and to answer a question which I have posed before – whose side are you on? Whose side are you on here?” Mr Abbott said.
Last year, Abbott berated the ABC for taking “everyone’s side but Australia’s”.
The attack coincides with Tony Abbott’s controversial proposal to strip Australian dual nationals of their Australian citizenship status at the Immigration Minister’s discretion.
MEANWHILE ROME BURNS…
As the economy continues to weaken with no signs of resurgence occurring any time soon, it might be reasonable to ask whether the Prime Minister’s obsession with boat people and terrorism is commensurate with the actual risk, or is the fabricated hysteria and fear-mongering simply a feeble smokescreen to divert attention away from the gross incompetence of this government in genuine areas of national significance?
ABBOTT INSISTS TERRORISTS WANT WORLDWIDE DOMINATION
“Daesh is coming, if it can, for every person and for every government with a simple message: ‘Submit or die’,” he said.
“The declaration of a caliphate, preposterous though it seems, is a brazen claim to universal dominion.”
“You can’t negotiate with an entity like this, you can only fight it,” he said.
Talk of worldwide domination may suit Abbott’s political agenda, but at what point should the public indulge this overblown hysteria and hyperventilating before we start questioning his sanity?
Or do we simply acquiesce willingly and only wonder why we didn’t question it when it’s too late?