Published 17 February 2009 · Main Posts no more pussyfooting Jeff Sparrow ‘End the pussyfooting’ — over at the Oz, they’re beating the drums for extra troops to Afghanistan, with the classic slogan from colonial wars. Enough fighting with our hands tied behind our back! No more constraints — let’s give those dusky savages some cold steel! As Obama begins his Afghan surge, expect more of this from the Australian Right — until, eventually, Rudd signs on. Meanwhile, the Australian commitment to Afghanistan produces results familiar enough from the American commitment to Iraq: FIVE children have been killed in a gunbattle between Australian special forces and Taliban militants in Afghanistan. […] Asked if the children were being used as a human shield, General Evans said he did not want to speculate but noted that Taliban insurgents commonly operate “inside the civilian community”. “We’re taking every measure we can to avoid civilian casualties,” he said. “It’s a pity that the Taliban doesn’t do the same.” He said the death of five children was a matter of “great concern”. “It’s important our operations are done carefully and we do everything we can to avoid civilian casualties.” All the lesser races use their children this way, don’t you know. If they’re not tossing their kids off refugee boats, they’re using their babies to attack harmless Israeli rockets. Why else would Afghans have children in their houses other than to smear the diggers sent to kill them? Back in Iraq itself, the slaughter continues. Jeff Sparrow Jeff Sparrow is a Walkley Award-winning writer, broadcaster and former editor of Overland. More by Jeff Sparrow Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 25 May 202326 May 2023 · Main Posts The ‘Chinese question’ and colonial capitalism in New Gold Mountain Christy Tan SBS’s New Gold Mountain sets out to recover the history of the Gold Rush from the marginalised perspective of Chinese settlers but instead reinforces the erasure of Indigenous sovereignty. Although celebrated for its multilingual script and diverse representation, the mini-TV series ignores how the settlement of Chinese migrants and their recruitment into colonial capitalism consolidates the ongoing displacement of First Nations peoples. First published in Overland Issue 228 15 February 202322 February 2023 · Main Posts Self-translation and bilingual writing as a transnational writer in the age of machine translation Ouyang Yu To cut a long story short, it all boils down to the need to go as far away from oneself as possible before one realizes another need to come back to reclaim what has been lost in the process while tying the knot of the opposite ends and merging them into a new transformation.