…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Oh, the timeless traditions of mankind! Where would we be without them? Probably somewhere close to where we are now, that is very near the moral abyss, I guess.
Recently some simple Victorian schoolmarm calling herself Judy Beckworth banned any physical contact amongst children in a government re-education camp, (sometimes known as a primary school) allegedly in the interest of safety. [ http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/timblair/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/school_is_weak/] – what a brilliant mind! The eternal problem solved at a stroke of i-pid or i-pod (or a PR system)– but, for better or worse, elsewhere in a real world the real human traditions are kept alive. Just last week the Russians and the Poles revived their multi-culturalist history and re-enacted the highlights of the centuries of interaction in, naturally, the mildest and almost politically correct form. The official record of only about 200 arrests and 150 injured is, by the standards the past cultural contacts between those two nations, not worthy even of a footnote in history books.
We, in our antipodean corner, are not doing much better, though some are trying. According to the Centralian Advocate, Vol 65 No.93 of 20th April, 2012 a brawl involving more than 200 people, including a town councillor Eli Melky, took place in Alice Springs. “One resident, who did not want to be named, said: ‘The number of people roaming the town at night has increased. I work nights. It’s during the week that there are problems. It all depends on what day it is. When there are royalties and payments there’s trouble. Last Tuesday and this Tuesday were big features in the drinking and trouble.’ Driving instructor John Bridgefoot said he was unable to get into the CBD on Tuesday morning. ‘Whilst travelling down Bath Street, I was confronted by a crowd of in excess of 200 people on both sides, on the footpath and on the road. The cause of this disturbance appeared to be fighting groups of people.’ Police say … no arrests or formal complaints were made.”
Twenty or maybe thirty thousand years of inter-tribal animosity is no business of the twenty-first century, mostly white, police. It is a mens’ business. Different laws for people of different colour of their skin used to be bad. No longer, not in Australian Labor Party run Australia. By the way, the headline of the article by Cameroon Boon reads: OUT OF CONTROL. It did not make the important, ie. Sydney or Melbourne newspapers.
In an unrelated piece of news The Centralian Advocate informed us that the police prosecutor conceded that a weapon used by an Aboriginal football player ‘star’ Liam Jurrah, charged with “unlawfully causing serious harm’ was not a (Western imperialist) machete, but a nulla nulla and an axe. It is all right then. The do-gooders are undoubtedly hoping it was a stone axe, in accordance with immemorial and PC approved traditions. The alleged head injuries were caused during a fight at Little Sisters Town camp in Alice Springs in March this year. Undoubtedly, by the time the taxpayers’ funded lawyers get through it, it will be. And again the Aborigines, the real ones, not the pseudo ones, will be the victims.