Australia assessing refugees at sea
Speculation is rife that a ship with Tamil asylum seekers bound for Australia and missing without communications since the weekend, has been intercepted by the RAN on the high seas with an alleged intent to transfer the people to the Sri Lankan Navy at sea. If there is any truth in this, that would be tantamount to Piracy, and akin in the minds of many to the handing over of Jews to the Nazis in the thirties and forties. Whether or not it really would be is not the only consideration, as the fear it might be so for those people would be in itself an atrocity… and how can Australians be sure? To put our Navy personnel into such a role would be an insult to their dedication and dissuade many from a career in the Armed Services.