A man whose family and heritage has been obliterated by Australian, UK and U.S.A economic sanctions and/or illegal wars that exterminated approximately 3.3 million Iraqis, including 750,000 children, was granted asylum in Australia. His anger and anguish are rational, but resulted in what most people see as irrational behaviour, such as writing to the widows of men killed while destroying his country, telling them their husbands’ deaths were a waste. Recently, he held hostage with a gun, the patrons of a coffee bar. It seems he had no idea what to do once he’d begun the siege, and there is no indication that he actually intended to use the gun. However, the manager of the place rushed him to try and get the gun and was shot, which triggered another shot that killed a mother of three who threw herself in front of a pregnant woman. A selfish act when you consider her husband now has to take care of three children. Not one bunch of flowers has ever been left in a public place to mourn the deaths of all those Iraqis we helped to slaughter, yet Martin Place is awash with heaps of flowers in plastic wrapping, accompanied by hordes of weeping and wailing adults and children who declare they are ‘devastated’ by this relatively insignificant incident. I do not understand it.