The Spear doesn’t enjoy writing politically charged articles. They are destructive to his friendships with those of other political persuasions, are often somewhat subjective in nature, and rarely - if ever - succeed in making people change their stance one way or the other (if anything, the cognitive dissonance seems to harden like forged steel upon contact with an opposing force). Essentially, they are a waste of time.
Yet every now and then The Spear can’t help it. From time to time, there comes a ‘news’ piece which riles him up to the point where he must put fingers to keyboard in the hope of at least articulating an opposing point of view, personal consequences be damned.
The said article in this instance is from none other than progressive media darling Waleed Aly, you know, the guy who get’s oh so furious about a ‘weak’ ISIS (that kill Parisians in the street and blow up Russian airliners) that his politically correct moral indignation cannot help but go viral.
In his February 5th article Nauru: How long can we keep lying to ourselves?, Aly laments the government’s offshore immigration detention regime. In typical Aly style, the problems with the regime - namely its tenuous legality and human rights implications - are aired, but with no alternatives put forward. We are asked to consider the fate of a five year old boy who may have been raped in detention, and the plight of 37 babies that are to be sent back to Nauru, as if these problems can be considered in isolation.
In true leftist wishful-thinking style, we are not asked to consider the consequences of acting otherwise. The potential deaths at sea, human rights abuses by people smugglers, bodies washing up on shorelines, raping of local boys by refugees, loss of border control and inundation by a tide of economic migrants is largely ignored, except where to condescendingly hint that such things would not occur if policy were changed.
Has Aly forgotten the dismantling of the Pacific Solution under Labor in 2008 and its dire consequences, requiring the reopening of offshore processing by Labor in 2012? Has Aly not seen the crisis unfolding in Europe currently, whereby border-controls are being resurrected lest the European welfare-state model collapse entirely?
The real question is how long can the left keep lying to themselves about the consequences of open borders, you know Waleed, those ‘make-believe’ things you mention, which are indeed non-existent if they are not enforced and controlled? How long can you pretend that there aren’t people out there who are less than genuine, who will take advantage of your kindness (naivety?), who will use women and children as bargaining chips, who have no intention of integrating into your society beyond the benefit system, who actually intend to do you harm? How long can you pretend that people won’t respond to incentives and act in their self-interest?
All there is is power, and those who are willing to use it. Australia is a prosperous and wealthy nation, a relatively powerful one in its little corner of the globe. But without the willingness to use power, it risks being taken advantage of. Without enforcing its borders, it will fail to have them. And on that day Waleed, to paraphrase yourself, then who will we be? A question which many Europeans must be asking themselves currently.