18 C
Byron Shire
August 2, 2021

Dehumanised nation?

Latest News

Unnecessary divisions

Louise Andrews, Lennox Head Dear Mandy, an excellent article in The Echo (Soapbox, 21 July). It saddens me too to witness...

Other News

Zero

Andrew Macklin, Mullumbimby Creek Gareth Smith (July 14), I can see you like the selective use of historical facts and statistics...

Byron’s bioenergy facility DA

David Dixon, Byron Bay I am concerned Council’s bioenergy project has received no external financial scrutiny and that my requests for...

A disappointing limbo? Byron candidates on delayed council elections

Mr Dey, incumbent Mr Lyon and four other mayoral candidates were already busy campaigning for the top spot when NSW Local Government Minister Shelly Hancock delayed the election for a second time.

The Block mute over its plans for Byron TV show

Plans by reality television TV show, The Block (Nine), to base an upcoming series on  Sunrise Boulevard in Sunrise, Byron Bay, has upset an elderly neighbour.

Magnificent sporting prowess and flag pride after 2021 NAIDOC

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people also shone in the sporting arena during NAIDOC 2021. 

I’m with you Mandy…

Dominica Coulthurst, Knockrow I’m with you Mandy... all the way. Thanks so much for your Soapbox message last week. Always love...

Mike Balson, Upper Wilsons Creek

Around one in a hundred Australians are psychopaths. That means 250,000 of us. Psychopaths make great soldiers because they can kill without trauma or remorse. They are disproportionally attracted to life in the military, especially mercenary armies and special forces (in much the same way paedophiles are attracted to the priesthood).

It’s inevitable that occasionally a psychopath soldier goes rogue and starts indiscriminately killing innocent people.

In Vietnam, when this began to happen in the US Army, another member of the platoon would toss a live fragmentation grenade in the psychopaths tent. This was called ‘fragging’ and became quite a common practice. The platoon cared about the death of innocent people, and just as importantly, they didn’t want the actions of a rogue psychopath to discredit their platoon.

After years of trench warfare, Australian soldiers in WW1 became famous for not taking prisoners. They crossed half the world to ‘kill Germans’ and after years of living in trenches with the stench of corpses and losing thousands of mates, the enemy was easy to kill. The ‘Huns’ had been thoroughly demonised and dehumanised.

There are two kinds of dehumanisation still taught in today’s military. There is ‘animalistic’ dehumanisation, where the enemy is likened to vermin or some repulsive animal. Then there is ‘mechanistic’ dehumanisation, where the enemy becomes merely an object on a screen, like you see in drone strikes.

We call our military a ‘defence’ force. But Australia hasn’t fought a defensive war since 1945. The only thing we have been defending is our alliance with the United States. We have spent the past 75 years being an invading force, joining our bullying ally in a succession of cruel, costly, and unnecessary wars. Our military killed thousands of people that Australia had no grievance with.

Scomo is concerned that the shocking details of Special Forces atrocities in Afghanistan might cause reprisal ‘terror’ attacks in Australia. He behaves as if we are innocents in all this. When the ‘Coalition of the Willing’ (Bush, Blaire, and Howard) dragged Australia into invading Iraq and went on to murder a million Iraqi’s and upset the Sunni/Shia balance; we sewed the seeds for years of reprisals. This should come as no surprise.

How might we feel if a well armed force of Iraqi’s invaded Australia, turned our cities to rubble and killed a million Australians? We would likely seek revenge. But the very fact that many Australians don’t seem to consider that Iraqi’s and Afghani’s love their children and cherish peace as much as we do, shows how successful years of dehumanising propaganda have been. To varying degrees, we have all been dehumanised.

War itself is dehumanising and the trauma of war ricochets down the generations.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

1 COMMENT

  1. Well put, Mike. ScoMo wanted to play with the big boys [USA]. He’s now
    shot himself & this country in the foot. Julian is copping a beating he does
    not deserve & will probably pay for it by losing his life. Sad days ahead…

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Bruns North Arm

Jillian Spring, BillinudgelRegarding your article ‘A positive change to bring back the Bruns’, (Echo, 14 July). Since 2013/14 submissions to Council, a more in-depth submission (29...

History repeats

Peter Olson, Goonengerry History shows that when the media and the politicians turn against the people, eventually there is a backlash. It seems hard to imagine The...

Byron beach erosion

Ann Tiernan, Suffolk Park I strongly disagree with Council’s position stated in last week’s Echo that ‘The sand (at Clarkes Beach) will come back, but it...

A day of ‘thank you’

Alison Drover, Broken Head How about a day of ‘thank you’ to our health workers and ‘sorry’ from our prime minister and ‘please’ from the community? Instead...