As Cheney hits Sydney, Sydney-siders will face massive traffic disruption as the security for his visit gets underway.
One has to wonder though, who he is actually being protected from – and why. No doubt his minders will make an effort to ensure that he doesn’t get a glimpse of the crowds that will be out to protest this warmongering lunatic’s visit. As the most despised person on the planet (yes, apparently more despised than even bin Laden) is wined and dined by Howard and his minions, ordinary Australians from all over Sydney will be protesting his presence everywhere he goes.
The propaganda machine would have us believe that he is a ‘terrorist’ target; hence all the roads being shut down as he motors through. The real reason of course, is to protect him from the anger of the ordinary everyday people of Sydney who are fed up with his disgusting war and the lies.
And in news just to hand it seems that Cheney is so hated that the Premier of New South Wales has had to rush through special legislation that would allow Cheney’s personal bodyguards to carry arms to protect their charge while in Australia. You just don’t know where those pesky Iraqi insurgents are going to strike next.
Meanwhile Bush and his White House staff are getting giddy trying to spin Blair’s troop withdrawals just as Bush is trying to scrape the bottom of their enlistment barrels to get more troops actually in to Iraq. Howard and Downer aren’t faring any better either – especially after Downer was telling Australian viewers on Lateline only the night before the British cut and run announcements that the British were still there as strong as ever side by side with the US and Australians. Clearly, despite Howard telling Australians otherwise, Downer was not aware that the British were about to announce their cut and run strategy. So much for the alliance of the ‘Coalition of the Willing’.