War Pigs – War criminals and those who “accept” their crimes

Posted: November 20, 2013 in Politics, Uncategorized, World News and Events

The last 50 years have seen some fantastic events and seen some huge steps forward for mankind, however it has also seen some of the worst than mankind can produce.

There have been some atrocities over the last half century that defy belief, and some of those responsible for these acts are even still alive today.

Before you delve further down the page I should warn you that there are some graphic images in this post that will upset some people, so please don’t say you were not warned.

In 1998 there would have been hardly a tear shed for the death of Pol Pot, the former dictator and ruthless leader of the Khmer Rouge. Pol Pot is credited with the deaths of up to 3 Million Cambodians which made up around a quarter of Cambodia’s total population.

Those in his camps were used as slaves and most died of disease and malnutrition, however many others were simply executed or some were killed in the most grotesque ways imaginable for the entertainment of the camp guards.

Pol Pot died whilst under house arrest in his bed.

Pol Pot

Pol Pot

Slobodan  Milosevic was another one who got off lucky, dying of a heart attack in his prison whilst awaiting trial on March 11th 2006.

Milosevic was awaiting trial for war crimes that included ethnic cleansing and genocide.

Known as the “Butcher Of The Balkans” he presided over the deaths of more than 200,000 people over 10 years in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo.

...and the winner of the older Geert Wilders look alike contest is.... Sobidan Milosevic

…and the winner of the older Geert Wilders look alike contest is…. Slobodan Milosevic

In 1994 The Rwandan genocide occurred while the world watched on for approximately 100 days and did little.

The genocide was carried out by the Hutus who massacred somewhere between 500,000 and 1,000,0000 Tutsis in the most brutal of fashions.

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In 1998 Jean-Paul Akayesu, a Rwandan politician and mayor of a commune, was sentenced to life imprisonment for 9 counts of genocide and crimes against humanity which included the rape and sexual mutilation of women.

Rwanda’s very own shock-jocks Ferdinand Nahimana and Jean Bosco Barayagwiza were both given life sentences in October 2000 for inciting and encouraging the massacre throughout their broadcasts.

Also serving a life sentence for his part in the genocide is Jean Kambanda who was the Prime Minister of Rwanda during the genocide.

Bodies in a field in Rwanda

Bodies in a field in Rwanda

We all remember the hunt for former Iraqi Dictator and war criminal Saddam Hussein.

Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons on his own citizens, massacred thousands of Kurds and his own citizens, and after the Gulf War evidence of torture was discovered that appeared to be state sanctioned and carried out by members of Hussein’s Republican Guard.

Saddam Hussein was eventually captured after being pulled out of a hole in the ground in December 2003.

After facing trial for crimes against humanity Saddam Hussein was given the death penalty and was hung on the 30th December 2006

For the people of Iraq who faced years of fear and oppression under Saddam’s rule, his death was a cause for celebration.

Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein

For those who suffered at the hands of Pol Pot and Milosevic it must have seemed cruel to see them both escape punishment so easily and die a relatively peaceful death when they themselves had been so inhumane and cruel in their bringing about the deaths of others.

However it is not just these people who need to face investigation for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

One would have had to be hiding in a hole like Saddam Hussein to have missed Kony 2012.

The social media campaign to try and bring about the tracking down, capture and conviction of Joseph Kony, thought to be hiding out in the Congo.

Joseph Kony is the leader of the “Lords Resistance Army” thought to have recruited over 30,000 children for use as soldiers. Child soldiers recruited often kill their family while young girls are captured and used as sex slaves for the young soldiers.

It is not known how many have been killed by Kony and his forces although conservative estimates by the UN put the number at over 100,000. Many of these deaths are amongst the most shocking and cruel deaths imaginable as soldiers compete to see who is the cruellest amongst them.

Joseph Kony is still at large.

Joseph Kony

Joseph Kony

We have all seen in news broadcasts over the past few years the atrocities that are ongoing in the civil war in Syria.

Syrian President Bashar Assad has been accused of war crimes with calls for action against his regime coming from all over the globe.

Assads regime has been notorious for war crimes against men women and children including massacres, torture, and evidence of the use of chemical weapons.

Victims of Assad's regime

Victims of Assad’s regime

The UN expects more than 5 Million refugees to come from Syria by the end of 2014 as a result of Assad’s rule. Estimates on the death toll have varied with the UN saying that it is most certainly over 100,000.

Most of the world has condemned Assad and are keen to bring him to justice and investigate him and his regime for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Victims of Syrian nerve gas attack

Victims of Syrian nerve gas attack

It is something that is beyond doubt that those who commit genocide, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity should be hunted down and severely punished for their crimes.

Another nation where war crimes such as genocide, torture and ethnic cleansing are reported to have been committed is Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lankan civil war dragged on for 26 years and saw the deaths of over 100,000 people, mostly civilians.

One incident towards the end of the war saw 300,000 civilians trapped on a narrow beach, 40,000 of these civilians were gunned down by the Sri Lankan army and many atrocities were alleged to have been committed.

The man in charge of the Sri Lankan military was Defense Secretary  Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who is the brother of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Last week the Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka was boycotted by Canada, India , and Mauritius as a protest against the human rights abuses and war crimes that have yet to see action taken.

British Conservative Prime Minister was also keen to address the violations of human rights and see Sri Lanka investigated for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Cameron stated during a press conference

“Let me be very clear. If an investigation is not completed by March, then I will use our position on the United Nations human rights council to work with the UN human rights commission and call for a full credible and independent international inquiry.”

It is clear that the British along with many other nations calling for justice for the countless thousands of innocent civilians that were tortured and massacred, men, women and children.

Not to be outdone, Tony Abbott weighed in on the discussions and when questioned about the massacre and torture of civilians stated;

We accept that sometimes in difficult circumstances, difficult things happen”

I have never heard of a country being given a free pass for genocide and torture before, and those who committed some of the atrocities must be pleased to hear that someone accepts what they have done.

Tony Abbott - Accepts Sri Lankan torture and genocide, but won't accept Sri Lankan refugees

Tony Abbott – Accepts Sri Lankan torture and genocide, but won’t accept Sri Lankan refugees

The photo’s below are of some of the atrocities that Tony Abbott has accepted on our behalf when he uses the word “We”

However Tony Abbott not only accepted their actions, which he says must have been difficult as I’m sure they were for those on the receiving end, but he also thought that giving a couple of gifts was appropriate.

A massacred Sri Lankan family

A massacred Sri Lankan family

David Cameron calls for war crimes investigations, Tony Abbott gives away gifts.

So what gift is appropriate to give a nation who used its military to commit massacres and other crimes against humanity?

More military equipment of course.

A woman raped and murdered by Sri Lankan military soldiers

A woman raped and murdered by Sri Lankan military soldiers

Tony Abbott has given the Sri Lankan government two Navy Patrol Boats for them to use in any way they see fit in return for them clamping down on asylum seekers fleeing the country due to tensions that still exist and seeing their family members executed in many cases.

A butchered Sri Lankan child

A butchered Sri Lankan child

The gift of military boats to the nation the UN accuses of war crimes costs the taxpayer $2 Million. The cynical may say Abbott is trying to emulate his idol John Howard who allegedly paid bribes to Saddam Hussein’s regime via the Australian Wheat Board.

The use of the boats as mentioned is totally unrestricted, the Sri Lankans can arm them with whatever weaponry they like.

Fairfax reported on 19th November about the actions of a similar Sri Lankan patrol boat at the end of the civil war when it came across civilians on a fishing boat.

”We held two white flags and on seeing the navy we called them, ‘Aiya, Aiya [Sir, Sir]’. There was sudden shelling and eight died on the spot … navy hit, navy attacked and many people died.”

A message needs to be sent to Tony Abbott that his actions and his words on this matter are not just inappropriate, they are truly sickening.

More rape and murder in Sri Lanka

More rape and murder in Sri Lanka

As a nation we do not accept, endorse, or tolerate genocide or torture, it goes against everything we should be standing for.

Tony Abbott, when you claim “we” accept this, you sure as hell don’t speak for me.

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Comments
  1. Charm says:

    Scoring pathetic political points on the backs of human misery.
    Well done Grabbott.
    Scare mongering may have gotten him votes from fools but it is the intelligent populace that will be Tony’s undoing, it isn’t the 50’s and you can’t hide behind your own wall of bullshit any more. Your stench gives away your position every time.

  2. abbott must be sack for supporting war crimes asap

  3. Susan J Clohesy says:

    He doesn’t speak for me either. I find him complicit in what the Sri Lankan government are doing. He goes about his day happily wrecking any reputation for good we may have had and the MSM is still happy to endorse him. I wonder what would happen if thousands of us wrote to the Queen and requested that she ask the Govener General to remove him from his post. It would only take us a few minutes each, and we could point out that she only needs to consult with her own PM for the full story. After all, Cameron was appalled by him.

  4. ananda1955 says:

    for abbott to do what he is doing, and say what he is saying. is a disgrace to everyone. he is not and never will be my prime minister.

  5. Wobbles says:

    By stopping Sri Lankan refugees from fleeing to Australia by boat he has really stopped them from escaping anywhere.

    He’s like a fireman locking people inside a burning building.

  6. joy cooper says:

    Thank you Peter for your supreme courage in writing this necessary, but stomach-churning, post. The meek acceptance of such savage, inhuman brutality by the egregious, totally without a conscience Abbott proves he is a psychopath completely & utterly lacking in any empathy whatsoever. All he sees is “brown hordes” trying to reach & “defile” our sunny shores who must be stopped at costs to appease his bogan voters..

    Strangely, he does not acknowledge his own family’s background of assisted economic migration to Australia.

  7. Nicko says:

    Abbott can’t condemn the Sri Lankan government as that would be tantamount to admitting that Tamils have a legitimate reason to seek asylum and he and Craig are certain that any refugees are actually ‘illegal’ economic migrants!

    The saddest thing of all is that Abbott leads an elected government: says a lot about Australia!

    • joy cooper says:

      Agree 100% Nicko. Makes me nauseous to think of this monster as Australia’s PM. Personally, I refuse to use that title for Abbott. He remains just Aggro Abbott the Abominable. .

    • Sammo says:

      Disagree halfway. I think Abbott can condemn Sri Lanka for it’s use of torture regardless of recipient. I don’t know much about Tamils, so I might have to research further, but I think the PM of Britain was on the right track by attending but still going through the sites of killings and being more informed about the situation. I don’t think that our PM had any real understanding of what has happened over there.

      • Kate says:

        My question back to you is why does our PM not know, nor understand……..we all know………I am sure his political advisers all know………you can not condemn such horror at the same time give gifts to allow such horror to continue.

        The PM’s agenda is clear he wants to stop the boats, so by giving them patrol boats he effectively helps stem the flow of genuine refugees trying to save their and their children’s lives by attempting to leave. This is quiet distressing, I would have far rather given the refugees the boats.

  8. owen1967 says:

    … and you were expecting … what exactly???

    that is precisely what the general public voted for … whilst many of us cringe at the concept that our fellow Australian citizens support the Abbott coalition Guvment, the fact remains they won the election – by a mile – and now we are about to see what exactly it is that we deserve.

    the other edge of this sword shines the spot-light on the ALP and the charade that it has become … without who’s self destruction, none of this would have been possible.

    can someone please remind me of the majority held by the ALP after the 2007 election?
    squandered … wasted … on what? egos and factional fighting … the occupation of policy positions so far to the right as to be absolutely untenable to most ALP supporters … and our reward is this.

    a big round of applause to the ALP for the crash course we are on …. and for my international representation to have gone from the horrible Bob Carr and Kevin Rudd, to the even more creepy Julie Bishop and Tony Abbott … thanks for nothing.

    • Iain Hall says:

      Peter

      I wouldn’t call condemning genocide. rape and torture “high and mighty moralising”, I’d call it common fucking sense… but you are entitled to your opinion

      Of course no civilized person would fail to condemn such atrocities that is such a given that such a condemnation does not even have to be enunciated but in the context of a long protracted civil war to suggest, as you do in your treatment of the Sri Lankan civil war in your post, that the government is worthy of particular condemnation is why I accursed you of high and mighty moralizing. My position is to suggest that both sides of the war were as bad as each other and to suggest that as such neither side deserve specific condemnation. I would also dispute your comparison with Pol Pot and Hitler or Rwanda simply because the death toll when spread over the entirety of the 30 years is very modest in comparison to any of your other examples.

      I agree there were atrocities on both sides of the conflict 100% but that does not excuse them in the slightest or mean we should “accept” them.

      Thank you for admitting the equal culpability of both sides of the war for its brutality. I really think though that you are putting too much emphasis upon the word “accept” and that you are failing to appreciate that what ever we may think about it the people there are the ones who have to try to make a peaceful and hopefully prosperous life and that only moving on from the animosities and recriminations will make that possible.

      You can justify the killing of civilians any way you like I just won’t be agreeing with you.

      As I was trying to suggest in a civil war the lines between civilian and combatant are very indistinct and difficult to determine, for instance if individuals agree to use their bodies as human shields for the combatants are those people still civilians? Or are they just another class of combatant?

      Using your logic would mean it was OK to bomb hospitals, pre-schools etc a line has to be drawn somewhere.
      I myself would draw the line a long way above shelling women and children trapped on a beach from a patrol boat… but that is just me
      As for the human shield theory, are you seriously suggesting that the military had to rape their way through women to get to their legitimate target??

      The conventions about war clearly state that for hospitals or schools or gatherings of civilians to have a protected status they must be distinct and separate installations from those with any military purpose. If one side deliberately uses schools and hospitals as cover in a war the protected status is null and void. The LTTE repeatedly violated this convention right up until they were decisively defeated.

      Any way you cut it, Tony Abbott is a absolute bastard for what he has said on our behalf, and in saying it has inadvertently (I hope) lessened the crimes of others like Pol Pot and Hitler as something that is “acceptable in difficult times”

      Tony Abbott is being a realist here war is nasty brutal and by its very nature bloody. No one ever comes out with totally clean hands and to expect otherwise is silly. I read his comment as an acknowledgement of the moral ambiguity in the actions of both sides in the war.

      What a crock of shit

      No you can either get over such things or you can do as they have done in the Balkans and hold onto your hatreds for hundreds of years perpetuating them from the cradle to the grave. Now I am not a Christian but I do appreciate the value of forgiveness especially when such forgiveness is hard.

      • wixxy says:

        Saying that the massacre is Sri Lanka can’t be compared with other massacres like Pol Pots and Hitlers because the death toll was less is a sick argument Iain. Tell that to the victims families

        No matter how you play it Iain, it would seem the UN agree with me, as does Conservative PM David Cameron.

        I don’t agree about Abbott being a realist at all, if accepting it is realistic then is calling for justice as Cameron and the UN are doing unrealistic?

        Acknowledging it and condemning it would be the realistic approach.

        I don’t think it is silly at all to expect a military force to refrain from rape and torture and massacring children.

        Damn right I’ll put emphasis on the word “accept” because that is the word Abbott used.

        You said it yourself when you stated

        “Of course no civilized person would fail to condemn such atrocities”

        While others condemned, Abbott failed to, he then gave gifts of military equipment and instead of condemning “accepted”

        Thanks for proving my point, and what does that make Abbott?

      • Iain Hall says:

        Peter

        Saying that the massacre is Sri Lanka can’t be compared with other massacres like Pol Pots and Hitlers because the death toll was less is a sick argument Iain. Tell that to the victims families

        My point is that when you have killing on what can only be described as an industrial scale as was the case with Hitler and Pol pot or even Rwanda makes their atrocities of a far greater magnitude than anything done in Sri Lanka by either side pretty small beer. While I understand the relatives of the dead and abused may not be happy about what has happened it can not be undone now and No legal process will make any difference. That was the point of the truth and reconciliation process in South Africa.

        No matter how you play it Iain, it would seem the UN agree with me, as does Conservative PM David Cameron.

        The UN is of no real consequence and David Cameron was clearly playing to his own domestic audience but neither have to govern a country after such a divisive civil war.

        I don’t agree about Abbott being a realist at all, if accepting it is realistic then is calling for justice as Cameron and the UN are doing unrealistic?

        When both sides of a civil war have committed horrible atrocities what would justice be? Would you be lining up all former LTTE people and subjecting them to a court process as well as the members of the Sri Lanka government and military? What standard of proof would you want to get your justice? How could you verify any accusations?
        No the can of worms is just too putrid and entangled. This is the whole point of just accepting that the best approach is to draw a line under the horrid past and move on. While this may mean that individuals from both sides may escape what you consider to be justice the society will have more chance to heal with a quid pro quo

        Acknowledging it and condemning it would be the realistic approach.

        well I read Abbott’s statement implicitly doing just that

        I don’t think it is silly at all to expect a military force to refrain from rape and torture and massacring children.

        It is of course despicable but in a brutal war against a brutal enemy where neither side are fighting like gentlemen it is sadly unsurprising especially in a conflict where the lines between civilians and combatants is far from clear.

        Damn right I’ll put emphasis on the word “accept” because that is the word Abbott used.

        You said it yourself when you stated

        “Of course no civilized person would fail to condemn such atrocities”
        While others condemned, Abbott failed to, he then gave gifts of military equipment and instead of condemning “accepted”

        Diplomacy does not work on dichotomies or by upsetting those you wish to influence to serve your own domestic agenda. i note though that there is Bi-partisan agreement about the gifting of our otherwise obsolete patrol boats which are going to be a life saver in the search and rescue zone around Sri Lanka/

        Thanks for proving my point, and what does that make Abbott?

        I don’t think I proved your point at all Peter

      • joy cooper says:

        Iain Hall, right wing apologist & troll, is a heap of excrement. Only problem is I think he believes his own crap. Zeus save us from his garbage.

      • Iain Hall says:

        Joy
        care to address my argument instead of vilifying me personally?

      • scott oneill says:

        there will always be people who will use the rules of debate to apologise any atrocity, to convince others that their common sense if false. I refuse to be drawn into such a farce, giving these people better equipment to further contain and terrorise their civilians is wrong, nothing you say no way you twist your words or those of others changes that. To even attempt to do so is such a filthy and disgusting activity that words fail to describe the mindset of an individual making the attempt.

    • Kate says:

      This is the very problem, people attempting to dissect, compare and take apart what’s really happening, and trying to sway things with irrelevant arguments.

      Lets put it straight men, women and children of all ages are being brutally murdered, raped and maimed in Sri Lanka . These people all bleed the same colour blood as us, they all travelled the same path to enter world as us.

      They are people like you and me and our grandparents and children trying to live life, what is happening is simply not right, and no amount of silly dissection of the matter will or can change this.

      Our government( the so call representatives of you and me) on our behalf have sent patrol boats to those who are committing these ugly crimes, to assist them in continuing to do so.

      I would expect of any government around the world that condemn this form of “control” over its people not to further assist the “cause” by donating weapons of war to them.

      History will judge this action very harshly, as do we the people who object to this.

      Abbotts on his own selfish agenda, he wants to show the Australian people he can “stop the boats”, and this is one of his avenues in doing so, no matter how many more people will be needless murdered !

      Abbott cares not for others, but for himself and trying to “stop the boats”, and no part of silly arguing and dissecting the matter will change the reality of the matter !

  9. Iain Hall says:

    Peter,

    For all of your high and mighty moralizing you seem to be ignoring the simple fact that the LTTE were far from angelic themselves committing as many if not more acts of vicious brutality as the government that they fought over the course of a very long and bitter civil war. All of the killing and atrocities were bad on both sides of the conflict, no one is denying that but in the absence of any superior moral virtue on either side it comes down to a need for mutual forgiveness and a commitment to work towards an enduing peace. This is why after an equally brutal civil war in South Africa they instituted the “truth and reconciliation” process rather than trying to lay blame on individuals for equally atrocious acts and to a large extent that has been a successful process, not perfect but it has allowed the enduring animosities to be laid to rest.

    Further it was a deliberate policy of the LTTE to use their own “civilians” as human shields and is such circumstances as horrible as it may seem to you that makes “civilian” causalities the fault of those who hide behind them not those forces determined to wipe out a vicious terrorist enemy.

    Finally the notion of “civilians” somehow being a protected species during a war is a rather recent one and rather counter intuitive when you are dealing with a civil conflict which has one side(the LTTE) using both women and children as suicide bombers in such circumstances just how do you tell precisely who is or is not a “civilian”?

    • wixxy says:

      Iain,

      I wouldn’t call condemning genocide. rape and torture “high and mighty moralising”, I’d call it common fucking sense… but you are entitled to your opinion

      I agree there were atrocities on both sides of the conflict 100% but that does not excuse them in the slightest or mean we should “accept” them.

      You can justify the killing of civilians any way you like I just won’t be agreeing with you.

      Using your logic would mean it was OK to bomb hospitals, pre-schools etc a line has to be drawn somewhere.

      I myself would draw the line a long way above shelling women and children trapped on a beach from a patrol boat… but that is just me

      As for the human shield theory, are you seriously suggesting that the military had to rape their way through women to get to their legitimate target??

      Any way you cut it, Tony Abbott is a absolute bastard for what he has said on our behalf, and in saying it has inadvertently (I hope) lessened the crimes of others like Pol Pot and Hitler as something that is “acceptable in difficult times”

      What a crock of shit

  10. AsGrayAsGray says:

    Another instance of me pressing a ‘Like’ button on something that describes such horrific events and human tragedies inflicted by the worst of humanity. Weirdly ironic. But these stories need to be continually retold, re-reported, ad infinitum, until more people get the point, that we should not be tolerating such barbaric cruelty anywhere in the world in the 21st century.
    How can we bombard Abbott’s social media accounts with these images? Especially the family massacres, the hung children, the sliced up babies? Would such an effort even get through Phony Tony’s minders and personal human shields? Somehow he needs to made aware (oh, I am sure he is already aware, but hides behind his faux-god-fearing leader-of-the-nation visage) of the real human consequences of inaction and tacit support when dealing with despots and murderers. Would a truckload of dead baby images, constantly poured into the Abbott media stream, do anything to get the message through to him and his ilk that ‘we’ don’t want this, and won’t stand for it??

  11. I am another one who just cannot call Tony Abbott my PM, he is morally bankrupt if he thinks that he has the right to speak for the rest of us here in Australia, especially those of us who really do care about the rest of humanity & the dreadful conditions that people are subject to by the leaders of certain countries.
    Peter, you must be congratulated in presenting this article as clearly as as you have done here. Well done!

  12. Chris says:

    oh dear, how very, very disturbing. I think this page should be shared with all of those who just can’t understand why people would risk getting on a leaky boat to cross the ocean to be better country.

  13. Fed up says:

    Once again, spot on.

    Wonder what happened to the adults?

    Senate hearings are revealing.

  14. Marilyn says:

    http://www.smh.com.au/national/rudd-escalates-action-over-asylum-seekers-20090424-ai1n.html

    Trouble is that Rudd sent Duncan Lewis to Sri Lanka in 2009 while the civil war was still hot to stop refugees from coming here, he had cameras paid for to be set up in Sri Lankan airports to prevent Tamils from leaving in the first place, went to Malaysia and Indonesia to make them stop Sri Lankans and who can forget that he turned back to groups of Tamils in 2009 during the height of the 140,000 exodus after the war.

    http://www.theage.com.au/national/tamil-refugees-questioned-by-sri-lankan-officials-20100109-lz4q.html

    And don’t forget the Oceanic Viking staged by Rudd.

    http://www.smh.com.au/world/indonesia-governor-rebels-on-refugees-20091027-hj39.html

    Some of the refugees on the Viking are still in prison in Australia after being tricked by Rudd and his staff into the belief they would be settled here, others were sent to holding prison in Romania by Australia, other Tamils were refouled by Indonesia back to Sri Lanka where they disappeared.

    And in her dumb Lowy speech Gillard said this of Sri Lankans”in July 2010 when 300,000 were still displaced and the UNHCR had stated that 140,000 Sri Lankans had been granted asylum that year.


    Last night, the UNHCR published its revised eligibility guidelines on Sri Lanka.
    The guidelines are just one source of information which has helped to inform
    the Government about the changing situation in Sri Lanka.
    The UNHCR report confirmed the improved human rights and security
    situation in Sri Lanka and that displaced people continue to return to their
    homes. Instead of automatically presuming that particular groups in Sri Lanka
    are refugees, the UNCHR states that all asylum claims must now be
    considered on a case by case basis, noting that some groups may still be at
    risk.
    With the new information, acceptance rates are likely to fall.
    Today, in light of these circumstances, I am announcing the Government has
    decided to lift immediately the suspension on processing claims for Sri
    Lankan. Those currently in detention will have their claims processed against
    a range of country information including the revised UNHCR report I have
    described.
    So I have a message for people in Sri Lanka who might be considering
    attempting the journey to Australia. Do not pay a people smuggler, do not risk
    your life, only to arrive in Australian waters and find that far, far more likely
    than not you will be quickly sent home by plane.

    After that 80% of Sri Lankans were still being accepted here and elsewhere as refugees.

    Later Gillard did this:

    http://www.jdslanka.org/index.php/2012-01-30-09-30-42/human-rights/334-gillard-orders-deportations-to-danger-says-govt-official

    So let’s not be too precious about Abbott’s atrocity, Bob Carr endorsed it, Rudd started it and Gillard got even worse.

    Because the goal always is to have no refugees in Australia if we can help it.

  15. Kathleen says:

    Thank you so much for putting this so eloquently into words. I too was truly disturbed by Mr Abbott’s comments and their implications. I was also embarrassed for Australia and so angry that Mr Abbott assumes that he speaks for all Australians. He certainly does not speak for me either.

  16. Kevin Bradley says:

    And yet it is a 10 second mention in the mainstream media – including Allan Jones and his ilk (including George Pell – the voice of the Catholic Church in Australia). Imagine if Julia Gillard had said it. Jones etc. would have had plenty to say.
    Sorry for being trivial and pedantic, but Saddam was hanged – not “hung.
    Love your work.
    Kryuna

  17. Jan says:

    Marilyn,

    Couldn’t agree more.

    Yes Peter and other Labor apologists, what Tony Abbott and the Liberals have done in making excuses for mass murderers is repulsive. Those responsible for the mass murder of innocent civilians need to be held accountable for their crimes and bought to justice.

    But you know what? The Labor government did the same thing. It made excuses for the Sri Lankan Government’s mass murder of Tamils and has as much blood on its hands as Abbott and the Liberals do. It sent innocent Tamil civilians back to Sri Lanka where they were tortured and killed.

    For anyone who thinks that Abbott is much different to Rudd/Gillard, wake up to reality. ALP stands for Another Liberal Party.

    For those of you who are Labor party apologists, focusing only on what Abbott and the Liberals have done, while ignoring what the Labor Party did while it was in power, you are as bad as Abbott. Your silence on what the Labor government did excuses their reprehensible actions.

  18. Jan says:

    Iain,

    Here is why your comparison to the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission is completely nonsensical.

    In the case of South Africa, the criminals had been toppled from power and it was the victims who made the choice to move on as apartheid had been ended. In the case of Sri Lanka the criminals are still in power and still murdering innocent Tamil civilians. There can be no reconciliation and moving on when these criminals are still in power murdering people.

    As for the LTTE, did they commit crimes against civilians? Yes.

    Should those who committed these crimes be held accountable for them?Yes.

    But the actions of the LTTE cannot be compared to the actions of the Sri Lankan government. The LTTE arose because of the systematic discrimination, abuse and in many cases torture and murder of Tamils who had the “nerve” to ask that they be treated the same as the Sinhalese majority, instead of being treated as second class systems. The Sinhalese majority governments who mistreated the Tamil minority bear some responsibility for the actions of the LTTE.

    Stop defending the murder of innocent people Iain. Or do you get your kicks from this?

  19. Civil wars can’t be judged on the basis of who can produce the most appalling photos. Sri Lanka’s tragedy should not be reduced to fodder for domestic political point scoring.

    On a comparatively trivial note – but one that might interest you – Michael Smith is flogging another Craig Thom[p]son credit card voucher – with yet another cancellation code written on it: 322

    http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2013/11/for-the-rare-and-collectible-connoisseur-misty-completes-the-craig-credit-card-coupons.html#tpe-action-posted-6a0177444b0c2e970d019b017b5983970d

    The only conceivable scenario is these vouchers were faked many months after the stated date – presumably with at least some knowledge of the brothel who were happy to help out a loyal customer.

  20. mind blowing when you realise how far down we have already fallen
    excellent article
    Thanks for documenting madwixxxy

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  22. […] decided to take it upon myself, inspired in a no small way by a recent post at WixxyLeaks entitled ‘War Pigs – War criminals and those who “accept” their crimes’, to get up in Tony’s grille with some of the worst images you can imagine, depicting the […]

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  24. Jay says:

    When are you left wing loonies going to wake up and realize Abbott won the election and has a mandate to implement his policies?
    Sore losers!!

    • wixxy says:

      I didn’t see supporting war criminals in any of his policy documents

      But I’d be happy to be proven wrong

    • Fed up says:

      Abbott has a mandate to set up government. Nothing more. The Constitution says, that even Abbott has to have the numbers on the floor of both houses.

    • Kate says:

      Why on earth would anyone one on either side of politics with a policy that assists in condemning others to death……

    • Woohzal says:

      Boy Mister, you LNP flunkeys sure know how to make a gal laugh.
      A mandate?

      The Australian people did not permiss Abbott a mandate, he was at best, permitted a clumsy fumble under the bleachers which, as always, has fast turned into date rape.

  25. Jay says:

    What a load of bull that is! Supports war criminals!! It is such a breath of fresh air to finally have a PM to look up to and if you can’t handle it Wixxy take a one way plane ride out of here mate.. Or better still jump on a leaky boat as you like them so much! 😉

    • wixxy says:

      It would be easy to get on one of those boats too, they certainly have failed in stopping them

      If you don’t like facing facts why don’t you check out the News Ltd websites instead

    • Kate says:

      When you say “them” you mean women, children and men who travelled the same passage of life as you did, trying to escape from being murdered, raped, maimed, gassed, and other trivial things like this don’t you……

  26. Jay says:

    Hmm, they may not be stopped but we certainly have had a dramatic slow down in boats entering a shores. A good start by the Abbott government. I don’t mind facing facts, I’m just adding some balance into your forum.

  27. Fed up says:

    wixxy, some are getting desperate. Finding their hero is very hollow indeed.

    wixxy, why do the police keep loading Thomson up with new charges, that are of a similar nature, that does not indicate any new criminality, every time he goes to court.

    I could understand this before the election, as a method of drawing out procedures.

    Why now?

    Do they believe, if they keep this up, he will have no choice but to plead guilty?

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