OPINION: The world is a puzzling place

THREE things have left me scratching my head lately.

The first is the news that ISIS militants are taking over more territory and are threatening Baghdad.

Given Australia's military commitment to train the Iraqi forces to defend themselves and carry out bombing missions with our own planes, that is a pretty worrying development.

I've heard many an expert speaking on radio and television saying we can't defeat a force like ISIS without committing boots on the ground, but I am sure there is no political will for Australia to get more involved in this conflict than we already are.

But if Baghdad is about to fall, doesn't that effectively make our mission there redundant?

The second thing that has me scratching my head is the current refugee crisis in our region.

Thousands of asylum seekers from Myanmar and Bangladesh are basically floating around on the high seas with nowhere to land.

This really requires a regional solution, as has so often been talked about but never fully achieved.

Towing boats back out into international waters and hoping some other country will take them is a pretty childish approach to a humanitarian crisis.

The last thing that I'm gob smacked about is that Ireland is about to have a referendum on same sex marriages.

I repeat, Ireland. Catholic dominated Ireland.

What is even more bizarre is that you can actually bet on the possible outcome of the referendum.

At the moment the polls are saying that 58% of the Irish fall into the "yes" category.

We live in interesting times.



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