Wednesday, July 13

 
Terror in Melbourne
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How safe is Melbourne from a terrorist attack?

On my way to the radio station this afternoon...i'd noticed how eerily desolate and unsafe train stations in Melbourne are...i'd taken the Cranbourne/Pakenham line to Murrabin (that's where the radio station is)...and mind you the journey takes a blink-and-you'll-miss 30 minutes...but it was long enough for me to stay non-dozy...

With London and all of Europe gripped with panic...and fearful of appraisals or another Muslim-inspired attack...Australia...whose close ties with England is often shown to all and sundry...has not taken any efforts to increase the security within Australian soil...PM John Howard...imho...is a fag who needs his testicles checked for chicken pox...so it costs money to step up the number of patrollin done my security officers...yes hirin them officers cost money...and hey wadya know installation of cameras THAT ACTUALLY WORK would set the Australian budget by nary a whisker...

John reckons all is well...but who the fuck is to claim responsibility when one fuckin bomb goes off right in the middle of busy Spencer or Flinders Street Station? How bout scores of dead shoppers/tourists lyin dis-membered and bloodied in the middle of Bourke Street? I would like to see what all that millions of dollars put into fancy advertisin and colorful billboards could do...

Train stations in Melbourne are completely ill-prepared for a terrorist attack...i cant say ive been in Melbourne long enough...but ive not been able to find a single station that's capable of filterin large crowds of panic-stricken people out to safety...Flinders Station is over 150 years old...sayin it's beginnin to show its age is clearly an understatement...for all it's majestic and iconic appearance...i dont suppose the musty and dingy lookin tunnels that lead to the various platforms speak highly of the Melbourne Town Council's city planning...

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Flinders Station looks nice on the inside...but is aesthetics more important than the safety of the public?


What kind of damage and reputation would Melbourne be left with should such an attack happen? As it is...fuckin drunks and groups of youths who're out for trouble are able to get through the ticketin system without payin...they leave graffitti and bottles of alcohol lyin around...they do drugs in the train...train stations outside the Melbourne CBD look like a turd-collection point...i shudder to think when Channel Nine reports that 348 people are believed dead and thousands more are injured as several bombs go off the train stations in the CBD...

Mind you...USA had chosen not to heed hints that it will be attacked by terrorists just weeks before 9/11...and see where it got them...Americans are...and will always...suffer the repurcussions of the attack...

What of Melburnians? Are we ready to battle terrorists? Australia has been lucky...her isolation from most parts of the developed world makes her a secondary target...but how long more would this persist? We tend to take safety and security for granted until we get hit face-first with a sucker-punch...and by the time we bother to look around and care...the damage has already been done...

Walkin out in the streets of Melbourne is dangerous enough...gangland killings and shootings...though low in recent years...are still a constant source of consternation to the police...there're muggers and rapists...child molesters and drunk retards...they're motley enough a crew to keep my eyes peeled to my surroundings...i dont wana watch for hidden bombs as well...i dont wana wear protective body gear or a gas mask when i go out...the air is clean and the city is beautiful...nobody deserves to die...

So why isnt somethin being done then?

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