Such an inspiring photo, nicht wahr?
Remember all those criticisms of (ex-)PM John Howard in the media for being in “lockstep” with (ex-)President George W. Bush? Remember the way in which Howard was criticised for following the American President’s lead and taking Australia into a war in which thousands of innocents perished?
Well, read this (“Bid to end abortion aid ban”, The Age, Jan 29) and this (“Decision soon on lifting ban on foreign aid for abortions”, The Age, Jan 31)and weep. We’re not talking about “thousands of innocents” in THIS war.
Update: A bit behind the times, I am reading yesterday’s edition of The Age this afternoon. Here are the opening lines of their Pontificating Decree (sorry, I mean, editorial):
Australia must lift its ban on abortion aid
AUSTRALIA stands isolated now that President Barack Obama, acting with admirable swiftness, has scrapped the US ban on funding abortion advice or services from foreign-aid money. It is a pity the Rudd Government, which has more than enough time to overturn Australia’s even more restrictive policy, has not been more immediately decisive. After all, the ban, imposed by the Howard government to appease an independent senator, Brian Harradine, was always seen as contentious and politically opportunistic, as well as hampering Australia’s international health-aid schemes. Now that America has reconsidered, how long will it be before Kevin Rudd does the same? …
Note the logic: President Obama has done X, therefore PM Rudd is morally obliged to do X.
And this comes from the same editors who railed against John Howard taking his orders from George Bush.