Letter to The Australian in response to Greg Sheridan lumping people who want to celebrate the 150th year since the Eureka stockade somehow with the opposition to the purchase of Abrams tanks.
Greg Sheridan is even outdoing himself with his latest dose of hyperbolic hogwash. (17/2/2005) I was always taught at school that the opening paragraph of an essay should generally summarise the content to follow, so can we assume all these ‘lefties’ Alexander Downer gets so rabid about – the types who celebrate the Eureka Stockade and want to ‘rival’ Anzac Day are the same critics who are against the acquisition of the new Abrams Tanks Mr Sheridon goes into raptures about?His article has an army of straw men to do battle with. The same people who want to ‘rival’ Anzac day are the same people who support Eureka are the same people who oppose the army and are the same people who oppose the tanks and oppose democracy. As he states:“Of course the tank also gives the Australian Government the option to deploy the army further afield if it wants to. That’s what the critics don’t like. It’s called democracy.”If Mr Sheridan wants to go into orgasmic spasms about Abrams tanks he is perfectly entitled to, but as the foreign editor his credibility would be less tainted if he stuck to the point and kept his personal angst out of it. It’s called credibility.