Please Take This In Context!
It's amazing how people can try to squirm their way out of what they have said by saying..."It was taken out of context".
That slum-bag, al-Hilali, together with having to be put on oxygen after his diatribe the other day, also said his comments were 'taken out of context'. What a load of the proverbial. My question is...we should save our oxygen and not waste it on a creature like him!
His comment..."The two cheapest things in Australia are the flesh of a woman and the meat of a pig" are the lowest of low comments and very highly offensive.
It, therefore, is understandable why Keating, our 'illustrious' past (thank God!) prime minister, when he had the chance to deport al-Hilali,declined to do so. al-Hilali had two powerful Labor leaders on his side, Paul Keating and Leo McLeay. Keating was the then Federal Treasurer and McLeay a powerful backbencher, both of whom lobbied strongly on al-Hilali's behalf. Well, we all know the history of Keating's involvement with pigs, don't we?
You have a lot of explaining to do, Paul Keating! Keating led a delegation of Muslim community leaders to see the then immigration minister, Hurford in his Canberra office in 1986, in an attempt to persuade the minister to reverse his opposition to the Muslim cleric. Hurford wouldn't budge and continued to fight al-Hilali's right to residency but Hurford was fighting a losing battle. Shortly thereafter, he was booted out as Immigration Minister in the Hawke labor government. Hawke gave him the community services portfolio instead!! I bet Hawke will have little to say on this, too! Both he and Keating are tarred with the same brush! It was Keating's decision to let al-Hilali stay when he was acting-prime minister during Hawke's absence. The reason...it was important to Labor was very close to the Lebanese community. The view, apparently, was that the Lebanese community was very influential in selecting Labor candidates and had a heavy presence in electorates in south and west of Sydney.
Keating refuses to comment! I wonder why! Strange...as he's ready to open his mouth other times! Maybe he's got a bit of crackling caught in his throat!
Lebanese Christian community leader, Eddie Obeid, who owned a newspaper, and later became a state Labor MP, lobbied the New South Wales immigration department to have al-Hilali deported. Obeid's newspaper printing press in Marrickville, Sydney, was burned down just days after his newspaper published a story based on a tape recording of an inflamatory sermon by Hilali in 1982...in which, again, he, Hilali likened the flesh of women to pig meat!
Yes...Hilali....we believe what you said the other day was 'taken out of context'....like hell we do!
I did so want to be in a good mood when I awoke this morning, but I find myself seething because of the disgraceful handling of al-Hilali.
Kick the bastard out, I say...no further procrastination!