In a recent email someone accused me of fleeing Australia. I thought that this was a little over the top, but then again the chap was a leftie and they have a tendency for acute exaggeration, not to mention emailing me. I left Australia of my own free will, whereas the verb to flee conjurers images of just making it to boarding before the government officials discover me and then the jig is up!
A Jew that left Germany in 1932 wouldn’t have been fleeing; he would have been making a strategic decision to leave. Fast forward a few years later and the same Jew would have been lucky to have been able to flee. When it comes to departure, it’s all in the timing.
So we can say that I left Australia and that it was a strategic decision to depart. I took a sniff of the wind and I didn’t like which way it was blowing. So I moved to The Netherlands due to the strong connection through my Dutch wife. If leaving Australia was bound to cause people to question my sanity, coming to Europe which, if you believe the mainstream media, has already been overrun with hordes of North Africans, was insanity indeed.