First, poor Mrs Gibbons is imprisoned for letting the children in her class choose an inappropriate name for a teddy bear and now this. An Australian citizen — also living overseas in a violent and primitive society — now finds himself facing injustice meted out at the end of a gravel.
An Australian student on trial for throwing a snowball at a co-worker was simply being playful and was not guilty of assault, his lawyer told a US court today.
Authorities in the state of Colorado say Andrew Thistleton, 21, hit Michelle Oehlert with the snowball at the Copper Mountain ski resort on February 4, where they had worked together at ski hire shop.
To borrow from Boris Johnson:
No, the voices we need to hear now belong to Australia’s vast, sensible American majority. If Australian Americans speak up decisively and loudly against this lunacy, then they can achieve two good things at once. Their arguments will be heard with respect in Colorado, since they cannot be said to be founded on any kind of cultural imperialism, or to be actuated by anti-American sentiment.
More importantly, a strong protest by Americans living in Australia against the treatment of Mr Thistleton would help to contradict the growing ranks of pessimists and leftists – the people who say that the real problem is America, the country itself.
There is a body of commentators who say that we are deceiving ourselves about the scale of the problem. America, they claim, is not the fault of a few extremists.
These people claim that difficulties we are experiencing are intrinsic to the country itself – because it is in essence a country of war, unreformable, medieval. I think they are completely wrong, and they can be proved wrong.