Nothing in this blog can be believed. If you think that anything in this blog is true or factual, you'll need to verify it from another source. Do you understand? No? Then read it again, and repeat this process, until you understand that you cannot sue me for anything you read here. Also, having been sucked into taking part in the mass-murder of more than 3 million Vietnamese people on behalf of U.S. Big Business "interests", I'm as mad as a cut snake (and broke) so it might be a bit silly to try to sue me anyway...

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

aussie patriots full of bullshit...

I was sent this leaflet via email. It purports to be from the parent of an Australian serviceman. But for reasons which will soon become obvious, it works best if, after the Long Tan bit, you switch to a broad American drawl when reading it...
Our Soldiers.

On this Vietnam Vets 39th anniversary of the battle of Long Tan and this still happens.

One of my sons serves in the military. He called me yesterday to let me know how warm and welcoming people were to him, and his troops, everywhere he goes, telling me how people shake their hands, and thank them for being willing to serve, and fight, for not only our own freedoms but so that others may have them also.

But he also told me about an incident in the grocery store he stopped at yesterday, on his way home from the Base. He said that ahead of several people in front of him stood a woman dressed in a burka. He said when she got to the cashier she loudly remarked about the Australian flag lapel pin the cashier wore on her smock. The cashier reached up and touched the pin, and said proudly, quote; "Yes, I always wear it and I probably always will".

The woman in the burka then asked the cashier when she was going to stop bombing her countrymen, explaining that she was Iraqi.

A gentleman standing behind my son stepped forward, putting his arm around my son's shoulders, and nodding towards my son, said in a calm and gentle voice to the Iraqi woman: "Lady, hundreds of thousands of men and women like this young man have fought and died so that YOU could stand here, in MY country and accuse a check-out cashier of bombing YOUR countrymen. It is my belief that had you been this outspoken in YOUR own country, we wouldn't need to be there today. But, hey, if you have now learned how to speak out so loudly and clearly, I'll gladly buy you a ticket and pay your way back to Iraq so you can straighten out the mess in YOUR country that you are obviously here in MY country to avoid". Everyone within hearing distance cheered!

Pass it on.... Patriotism is not a Fad message. It's what we stand for.
These fabricating bastards have forgotten to mention that this is a re-hash of a U.S. patriot propaganda spam currently doing the rounds in America.

The U.S. version mentions that the soldier is "stateside, here in California", it refers to the lapel pin as being of a U.S. flag, and it doesn't mention the battle of Long Tan (a purely Australian military action during the Vietnam war.)

So, dear readers, you now know that Australian patriots, apart from being copycats, can't Google...


Blogger Jenni said...

Nothing like a little jingoism to start the day! It's appalling how much they lack creativity. And what a thing to be proud of. "Hey, look here, this guy yelled at a woman in public and made a big scene. Hurrah for our country!"

September 22, 2005 12:46 AM  
Blogger the urban fox said...

See, here's the weird thing. I know that's how some people think. And yet I still stop in my tracks, wide-eyed and speechless, when I read/hear it.

Breathtakingly inept grasp of international politics on display there. Wow. It's so comprehensively ignorant that it's almost impressive.

September 22, 2005 3:04 AM  
Blogger Deirdre said...

Yeah, it's plainly ridiculous. As if a group of Australians would all cheer about something other than sport.

September 22, 2005 7:40 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

It is all so... so... so 1940's Hollywood!

September 22, 2005 8:02 PM  

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