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Posted in Australia, Night to Dawn author, set in Australia, Writer with tags , , , , , , , on June 28, 2012 by ROD MARSDEN

The surf and the sun are important summer treats for Australians. These things can be shared if no one is selfish or openly sexist.

Selfish, intolerant Muslin youth were responsible for the Cronulla Riot!

Some years ago, a peaceful protest against the mistreatment of bikini clad women on beaches at Cronulla, south of Sydney  in Australia went terribly wrong. What most of the people who turned up at the protest wanted was something done about the Muslim youth who were terrorizing women and generally causing trouble. No one really thought the media would understand a peaceful protest and that may have been one cause for the violence that erupted. It was felt that political correctness in the media at the time meant that they would or simply could not be listened to no matter how well they spoke up against the injustice that had so stirred them.

What’s more, a Muslim youth had recently punched a lifeguard directly after that lifeguard had saved a Muslim woman from drowning. To strike a lifeguard was bad enough but to strike a lifeguard after he had done his noble  duty was really too much.

Many people from all over the world had come to settle in New South Wales, Australia. All save this small group of Muslim youth had gone along with the code of the beach. So what is the code? Stated simply,  if you don’t like seeing women in bikinis or one piece bathing suits then don’t go to the beach. If in summer you are offended by the sight of women wearing hot pants, mini-skirts or tank tops in and around our beach areas then please keep it to yourself or, better yet, go live in some other country. Oh, and our lifeguards, male and female, are a brave and selfless lot and deserve our collective respect for keeping us safe. If you want to insult regular Aussies and do a good job of it either burn our flag or hit someone who has dedicated his or her life to helping others. Neither act, incidentally, will  make you very popular.

Keeping the peace which may require being thoughtful and even respectful of the Australian culture doesn’t seem like such a heavy price to pay for glorious surf and sun, now does it? Of course if this sort of thing is really too much a burden for you then you are not really an Australian or a person an Australian would care to associate with and, as far as I am concerned, you don’t belong in Australia.

In the Cronulla riot, the innocent as well as the guilty were hurt. This was unfortunate. It should be noted here that not all Muslims that visited Cronulla that day, and indeed that year, or any other year for that matter, were a problem. There were , that day, Muslim families acting quite responsibly, seeking to neither attack nor in any way offend anyone. Sometimes just a hand full of misguided youth taught to be intolerant can spoil good times for everyone.

Nowadays, the Cronulla riot is put forward as an example of Aussie racism and intolerance when, in truth, it was the sexism and racism of a small group of Muslim youth that should be held accountable for what had happened. People went vigilante when it became obvious that the law, under political correctness guidelines, was helpless to act against outsiders abusing women on the beach. The riot was wrong but so was the mistreatment of women that has preceded it as well as the punch given out to the lifeguard.

  So what has been learned from this riot? Probably nothing if political correctness means that not all the facts are today considered and the true instigators are rapidly being whitewashed out of this minor episode in the collective history of New South Wales, Australia.

In my novel, Desk Job, I touch upon the lack of merit of political correctness as it has operated in Australia for some years now.