Abbott: Even a Nazi feels shame, but those illegal immigrants? Shameless

5 Sep

The Atlantic. Asylum Seekers flood into Hungary


Our socially dominating right-wing authoritarian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, is talking more even more drivel than usual. ISIS, his pet death cult, are worse than the Nazis he claims, because unlike the Nazis, they have no shame.

I’ve searched far and wide. I can find no suggestion anywhere that the Nazis were ashamed of themselves. Never mind.

In practically the same breath Abbott has busied himself criminalising the estimated four million Syrian women, children and men fleeing their country and the ISIS death cult, by declaring them to be “illegal” immigrants.

In other words, death cult is badder than bad Nazis, but fleeing bad death cult is even badder then bad Nazis AND badder death cult?

Prime Minister Abbott then co-opted the death by drowning of Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi to justify his stop the boats campaign, saying at least we don’t have drowned babies washing up here anymore because we’ve stopped the boats.

By the way, remember the Christmas Island boat tragedy when then immigration spokesperson Scott Morrison said we shouldn’t pay for the funerals of drowned babies? Flying corpses to the mainland for burial, Morrison said, was not giving taxpayers “value for money.”

(I urge you to read the article in New Matilda I’ve linked to in my first sentence, for an insight into the psychology of right-wing authoritarians. It explains much.)

British Murdoch columnist Katy Hopkins suggested that Europe should adopt Australia’s approach to asylum seekers by “threatening them with violence until they bugger off.” Which is a pretty good précis of off-shore detention, when you think about it. Australians have big balls and tiny hearts, Katy claims, admiringly, as apparently that’s the perfect combination for male-dominated leadership and murdering, directly and indirectly, millions of people seeking asylum.

At this point things become confusing. Nazis are bad for murdering millions but they have the capacity for shame, so not as bad as ISIS death cult who aspire to murder millions, as many as possible on social media so definitely no shame, so badder than Nazis. But Europeans should directly and indirectly murder millions and that’s good, no shame required, because big balls and tiny hearts are great. As long as they’re in white, non-Nazi bodies. Right.

Meanwhile, the New York Times published an excoriating editorial damning Abbott’s ruthless and inhumane asylum seeker policies. For which Abbott feels no shame, because…all right, I won’t say it all again but if he gets to talk in threes why can’t I?

There was considerable robust debate the other day concerning whether or not the image of the tiny body of Aylan Kurdi, washed up drowned on the beach, should have been published by The Guardian, and re-posted on social media.

For mine, the very fact of this debate highlighted our privilege: we do not have to directly deal with such horrendous circumstances, rather, from a safe distance, we have the option to debate whether or not it is kind or unkind to us that we are confronted with images of those circumstances.

There seems to be an attitude about that we have an inherent right not to be disturbed and discomfited. We don’t. Nobody was forced to look at the images, and warnings were issued for those who wanted to turn away. As Carol Duncan quite rightly tweeted, if you don’t want to see the pictures, exercise your privilege and turn off your devices.

With millions of displaced, desperate people roaming the globe, and the numbers set to increase, we have no right to demand censorship of images of their plight. If you don’t want to see it, don’t look, but please, spare us the preciousness of your complaints that you are traumatised by looking.

Shame, anyone?

A Syrian refugee plays Thursday after heavy rain at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.

A Syrian refugee plays Thursday after heavy rain at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.







10 Responses to “Abbott: Even a Nazi feels shame, but those illegal immigrants? Shameless”

  1. James Mason September 5, 2015 at 9:05 am #

    The link to ‘New Matilda’ looks like it may have been blocked .. I can read your link but cannot subscribe to the site, “Page cannot be found” ..??


    • Jennifer Wilson September 5, 2015 at 9:07 am #

      I’ve just re-linked & its working OK from my site. Try again?


  2. Michaela Tschudi September 5, 2015 at 9:24 am #

    Brilliant exposition, thank you. BTW, has the Abbott govt made any official statement about the Indonesian people smuggler’s claim to have been paid $30K to take his human cargo back to Indonesia? (NY Times article refers).

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jennifer Wilson September 5, 2015 at 9:25 am #

      I don’t think the government ever said anything other than on water operational blah blah blah

      Liked by 1 person

      • Michaela Tschudi September 5, 2015 at 9:30 am #

        We have a govt of feckin pirates! Abbott and his parrot, Peta. ScoMo and Dutton making ppl walk the plank. BorderForce is just a ruse to distract while they rob from vulnerable people. I’m over them. Totally.


        • Forrest Gumpp (@ForrestGumpp) September 5, 2015 at 5:04 pm #

          “Abbott and his parrot, Peta.” Like I have said elsewhere, Terror psittacorum. (One of the earliest names for the then notional Great South Land was Terra psittacorum, ‘Land of Parrots’.)

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          • Michaela Tschudi September 5, 2015 at 8:29 pm #

            Hence Parrot Flu ie psittacosis. Maybe that’s what has happened to Abbott. He’s been infected by Peta. 😷 Could explain his 3 word slogans & verbal slurs.


  3. doug quixote September 6, 2015 at 9:53 am #

    “Nazis” and “shame” don’t go together. If they acted in secret it was only to ensure that do-gooders and those with a conscience did not interfere with their activities.

    There is precious little evidence that Abbott has a conscience. If he has any, his death cult religion can wash it clean as and when required.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jennifer Wilson September 6, 2015 at 11:54 am #

      There really is something desperately wrong with Abbott. He’s a deeply disturbed human being.


  4. hudsongodfrey September 6, 2015 at 11:25 pm #

    It’s been a big week in Australia for violations of Godwin’s Law of Nazi analogies, that’s for sure!

    This one’s particularly poignant since the main counterpoint on everyone’s lips seems to be that Angela Merkel is taking in eight hundred thousand refugees. Given Germany’s current population is just over 80 million, that’s one for every hundred Germans or sixty (60) times more than we’re managing on a per capita basis. Since we’re the one’s actively participating in the conflict and they’re not this should perhaps confer some moderately greater responsibility on our part? Yet to match them we’d expect to resettle 240,000 souls. A number of genuine Syrian refugees I hazard it would not be difficult to find.

    It would in the current climate summon considerable political willpower and logistical gymnastics to make such an undertaking. The point should not escape us however that, instead concentrating his mind on who we can help as humanitarians, Abbott’s gaffe focuses our attentions through the prism of enmity towards those we wish to harm!

    Harm Tony, says “Move along”, “Nothing to see here.”

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