SOME 1,000 Australian troops departed yesterday for Afghanistan, where 32 of their comrades have been killed and many others wounded.
This is what they are fighting for.
Enough already. Let the natives wallow in their "cultural issues". Australians have no business being there.
UPDATE: Actually, there is a way out of this mess -- one that might easily be portrayed as honouring Australia's obligation to support the Karzai kleptocracy while simultaneously solving another headache.
Imagine, just for argument's sake, that every male boat person arriving on our shores was sent not to a processing facility but to an Army base, where they would be trained, equipped and sent back to Afghanistan to fight for their own country's future.
Who can doubt the flow of "asylum seekers" would end within days of such an announcement?