Security. Our government likes to pretend that they can ensure it with men in storm trooper suits, wars on foreign lands and by spying on people and depriving the innocent of their liberty. All good. No terrorist attacks here since 911. Maybe it wasn’t such a bad idea that we helped invade Iraq?
But the old saying about glass houses ought to give us pause. Before attacking others, one should first assess how vulnerable you are to attack in return. While Australia is remote, reasonably well guarded and insignificant in the roster of those despised by most of those we have attacked, I believe we are terribly vulnerable to terrorist attacks against which we have no practical defence and which could be perpetrated by a small group of dedicated terrorists with no more equipment than a box of matches.
Look at California today. No-one is suggesting (yet) that the $1 Billion and counting bushfires there are a terrorist attack, but surely a few wily ‘Islamofascists’ are watching the news and eventually one of them will twig. Can you imagine the cost, chaos and economic disruption of a concerted campaign of bushfire/arson/terror around Australia’s bush-surrounded cities?
I mention this not to promote more fear, but to point out, yet again, that security is not bought at the end of a gun. We cannot protect ourselves from present threats, let alone those yet imagined. With a hot dry summer ahead of us, let us hope it’s only idiots, pyromaniacs and lightning lighting fires this year.