Lest we whatever

Tomorrow is Anzac Day.

We will see politicians blather on about freedom. We will see ‘community leaders’ drone on about its importance to the current generation.

And we will see the day high-jacked by a uniformed LGBT clique to send a political message that even Anzac Day needs to be re-imaged in the rainbow.

All will nod their heads wisely and mouth platitudes about remembering, even as they forget everything about this day’s history.

As a nation, we are not just forgetting the sacrifices of those from a century ago. We’ve even pressed CTRL + ALT + DEL on the efforts of the past 15 years.

Consider this. The Gallipoli campaign was a military disaster that was still supposed to have been worth it because Kemal Ataturk, the bloke who organised the Turkish eviction of the Anzacs, eventually became the President of Turkey, promptly killed off the caliphate and set the foundations for modern Turkey. And just last week Recep Tayyip Erdogan set about restoring the caliphate while denouncing the West’s ‘crusader mentality’.

Lest we whatever.

Also consider this. A century ago large numbers of Australian men were engaged in the brutal and bloody work of defending France and Belgium. And this week France finds itself utterly divided and in the middle of a presidential election that has brought to the surface a horrible truth: there are more than 16,000 people on the French terrorism watch list. There have been more than 25 Islamic terrorist attacks in France since 2012.

Lest we whatever.

France and Turkey might be on the other side of the world. Australians are not responsible for slow-motion train wreck playing out over there. But a close look at our own backyard should remove any smugness.

To put it bluntly, over the past 15 years Australia has been fighting an enemy while welcoming it in. We’ve been sending bullets and Arabic-language Centrelink information sheets to the same people.

Like I said, lest we whatever.

Tens of thousands of Australian men and women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. More than 40 have given their lives. Hundreds have been wounded. And in that time Australia’s Islamic population has doubled.

This community has repaid its debt by sending its sons off to the same wars. They’re just fighting for the other side.

More than 70 Muslims from Australia have died fighting for the Islamic State. This is from just over 2% of the population. To put it in perspective, if the rest of Australia suffered casualties at the same rate as our Islamic community, we’d have lost about 3,000 soldiers on operations over the past decade and a half.

There is going to be a lot said tomorrow about PTSD and suicide among veterans. I don’t profess to be an expert on this issue, but I can say that it can’t be good for the mental health of veterans if they feel betrayed and that their military service was worthless.

I also don’t profess to speak for all veterans. But I reckon I speak for a few.

And I can say this: we have served and we are angry. The government has betrayed our sacrifices. Each soldier deployed is asked a question: are you prepared to give your life for your country?

That’s what military service entails. Thousands have answered that question to protect Australia from Islamic violence.

Unfortunately, cowardly politicians in Canberra have sent our soldiers off to die while allowing the enemy in the front door.

There is no clearer proof than this: in 2001 we were chasing Osama bin Laden across Afghan Badlands whereas today Hizb ut Tahrir uses council libraries to hold meetings in Sydney and call for laws that allow the execution of Islamic apostates.

Osama might be dead but we are not winning this war. That is plainly obvious.

Not to worry, tomorrow the Defence Gay and Lesbian Information Service (DEFGLIS) will lay rainbow wreaths to commemorate ‘the silent’, even as they take active steps to drum out of service anyone who dares to speak contrary to their ‘tolerant’ worldview.

It was the DEFGLIS chairman who had me investigated for ‘racism’ for my views on Islam and then lobbied Defence hierarchy to have me punished and/or sacked.

I think it’s fair to say that if we do lose this war, it will be due to self-inflicted wounds…

Author: Bernard Gaynor

Bernard Gaynor is a married father of eight children. He has a background in military intelligence, Arabic language and culture and is an outspoken advocate of conservative and family values.

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