Monday, February 09, 2009
Australia in Mourning
The terrible pictures coming from Australia have moved us all. Such devastation is something we in this country find difficult to imagine. The loss of life has been horrendous. For all our national rivalries in sport, we love Australians. We love them because they are people like us. We share a common history and language. It may not be a palatable thing to say, but if this were happening in, say Peru or Vietnam , it would not be getting the same amount of media coverage. It's wrong, but that's the way the media operates.
Australia's politicians have not been shy about showing their emotions. Victoria's Premier broke down in tears on TV, while Kevin Rudd, their Prime Minister has also teared up live on TV. In the clip above, Rudd looks a broken man as he struggles to cope with the fact that some of the fires were started deliberately. He calls the arsonists "mass murderers". He's right. I empathise with his incomprehension of the thought process which would lead someone to start a fire like this deliberately.
I'm sure I speak for all my blog readers when I say that our thoughts are with the Australian people at this tragic time.