It is hard to see after yesterday’s beheadings why we would send anyone back to Afghanistan, but Amanda Vanstone did it to my friends the Bakhtiyaris and I hear they are dead now, and I ask that she be charged with murder if indeed they are dead. The two boys Alamdar and Montezar did well in the one year at an Adelaide Catholic school they were allowed in their lives, both winning medals, Montezar excelling at soccer (there is film of them kicking a ball with Mike Rann) and the outrage I feel at their deaths, if dead they are, is swollen by my suspicion that my publicising of them hastened and worsened their fates.
How dare we do this? How dare we not take people in who flee decapitation? How dare we send them back penniless, confiscating their toys, to seek work and schooling in a tyranny that hates them for deserting it?
How dare we? Where do we get the idea some Hazaras are not ‘genuine’ refugees? And some Tamils? And some Syrians? And some Ba’hai from Iran and Iraq? How dare we lock up children already disrupted by change of land and language, and wreck their education? How dare we do that? How dare we send them back to be killed?
I ask for a Royal Commission into Amanda Vanstone’s assistance of the Taliban in the murder of the Bakhtiyaris.
The boys beheaded, were they? We shall see.