Author: wilmot


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ANZAC Spirit: A personal narrative

ANZAC Spirit: A personal narrative

As a young air force cadet in the 1950s I stood at the war memorial in Burnie Tasmania with rifle reversed mourning the Australians who died in conflicts overseas. I still mourn those killed in wars every ANZAC Day. At the war memorial, I wondered about the parents and brothers and sisters of those names on the memorial. I knew about Simpson and his horse and the stories of mateship and courage, but I was not aware of that the First World War had, in fact, deeply divided Australia and that the deaths at Gallipoli had galvanised a huge...

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ISIS same as Khmer Rouge

The only Muslims who think ISIS represents Islam, or even Muslims, are ISIS themselves. The world’s Muslim societies are remarkably diverse but whether Sunni or Shia, conservative or progressive, rich or poor, Arab or non-Arab or living as a majority or minority the great majority of Muslims agree on one thing: ISIS do not represent Islam. In its 14 centuries of history the Muslim world and in particular the Arab world has never generated or incubated the kind of violent extremism that we witness today Using a discredited interpretation of the Holy Quran, ISIS and those like them have...

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