Ripe for visual analysis, PM in the midst of military might: perspectival view, looking up – Abbott, suited-up and wearing the blue tie of capitalist conservatism at centre with Left Hand in pocket where it belongs and Right Hand slightly raised, calmly reinforcing words of visionary leadership, a curious vermilion ‘one’ beside him, perhaps to indicate his significance for anyone silly enough not to know (is it a dropped chilli, an upright carrot on the tarmac?); a complimentary-coloured veritable green-suited forest of all-white troops at military ease, parted like the Red Sea, with a dusting on shoulders of pale blue Australian flags leading in to Abbott’s face and all focused on his every word; symbolic halo above Abbott’s head (although it does look as though its held up by the old wire-up-the-back trick), two big black wheels in line with his groin, diffuse light flooding the scene from above. We’re not simply talking tableau here folks, whoever took this photo is a genius.
ABC Radio National 02.06.15 ’Government reportedly planning ‘freedom of navigation’ exercise in South China Sea
The ‘South what Sea’?
While we’re into preaching ‘freedom’ and upholding the principles of ‘international law,’ what about the US Monroe Doctrine? And what is the primary function of Hawaii for the US – a holiday resort? And how far is Hawaii from the US?
Stennis Carrier Strike Group arrives in Hawaii
US naval base, Pearl Harbour, Hawaii
Joint Base Pearl Harbour-Hickam, Hawaii
USS Nimitz, Pearl Harbour, Hawaii
And how far are the Falkland Islands and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands from the UK?
Newsweek cover 19.04.82
The sinking of the Belgrano in the 1982 Falklands War. 323 crewmembers died.
Pearl Harbour images: 1st/2nd/3rd/4th
Falkland Islands War images: Newsweek cover 19.04.82/The sinking of the Belgrano, 1982