The left have been portraying Indonesia as the victim and Australia as the bully but the reality is more the reverse.
“We will decide” was a phoney bit of Australian unilateralism made possible at a time of that phoney bit of US unilateralism, the War on Terror.
The Great Destabiliser has moved up a notch.
It would seem whatever happens internationally, it would have to accompany dealing with the baby boomer psychodrama at home.
If the EU-appointed technocrat governments have no legitimacy, neither do the Parliaments that voted them in.
The irony of all of this is that there is pretty well no two countries with less interest in breaking off with each other than the US and China.
Rudd is using the very fluidity of the situation caused by the decline in US influence, that undermined his Prime Ministership, to now undermine Gillard’s.
It is not nice to see people in positions of power bullying members of the public who make use of the internet. But the content of what is going on has been distorted on all sides.
A war of invasion only ends because the invaders win, lose or are pulled back home. None of these look set to happen.
Clarity on military conflict is not an option for a Coalition leader.