It’s a special day when we hear from one of America’s Australian friends. We have received the following message from Sydney:
My name is Michael Jericho, and I’m an Australian Special Forces veteran of East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq. I’m also the founder of a group blog, comprised of Australians and American contributors, named A Western Heart.
As I’m sure you’re aware, tomorrow (our time) is the Australian national election. On its outcome hinges the fate of Australia’s place in the Coalition of the Willing. Like the American election, the polls are close, and I cannot confidently predict which way it shall go.
In view of this, I would like to humbly submit to you an article that I wrote. It is my small attempt to explain the situation to our American friends and allies, and offer an apology (in advance) of a possible win by the leftist party, under renowned anti-American, Mark Latham: “Count on us today, but the day after tomorrow?”
I sincerely thank you for taking the time to read this.
We need all the friends we can get, and we need to keep the friends we have, including Prime Minister Howard.
HINDROCKET adds: The conclusion of Jericho’s fine article brought tears to my eyes:
The 88 Australians that died in the Bali Bombing, and the ten Australians that forever vanished amid the rubble of the World Trade Center cry out to us, and plead with us not to abandon them, to not forget them, or the lesson their deaths impart. The war on the murderers that killed a hundred children in Beslan, and thousands of our American cousins on September 11 cannot be simply walked away from. This is our fight, as much as anyone else’s.
So it is with a heavy heart that I say to all our American, British, Polish and Italian friends, if Mark Latham and his party of isolationism should win tomorrow, bid us farewell, and try not to resent us our folly. Remember us for how we were, and not for how we’ve allowed ourselves to become.
For there are old Australians amid the new, and I swear to you, our time shall come again.