Archive for September, 2012

The Cruellest Cut

10 year old girl taken to a barber shop in Egypt for female genital mutilation. Photo CNN

Some years ago I wrote a short story titled ‘The Cruellest Cut’ in response to learning about the despicable practise of female genital mutilation, also known as female circumcision. In the news today is a report how two young girls, aged around 6, have suffered this outrage here in Sydney. As the report says, this is not about religion, rather it is a cultural thing. The cultures where it is prevalent are misogynistic, medieval and have no place in modern-day Australian society. Period. I would have thought it was the purview of the low IQ, low socio-economic elements of various African and Middle Eastern societies but I am wrong. Even educated, upscale members of these communities support this mutilation.

Not here! Not in this country! You are not welcome in our society, we have no place for such ridiculous practices or those who seek such abuse. How can they say they love their children if they are so adamant that removing the clitoris of a pre-pubescent girl is for her own good? What other bizarre ideas and practices do they support? I’m sorry but this is one cultural anomaly I can never respect nor condone to occur in our country. I would never presume to travel to their country and try and change such a practise despite my objection to it. I believe people have the right to behave as they wish within their own orders and I object to anyone coming to my country and imposing their beliefs and laws on us which is fair, surely? So take your evil ways and bugger off, mate! If that is your ‘thing’, go back to where you came from and stay there.

Bin Laden Unarmed When Killed – So What?

Talk to the hand!

I read today how the book written by a former US Navy SEAL who was on the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden includes the ‘shocking’ and ‘controversial’ disclosure that Bin Laden was unarmed when he was killed. So what? Unarmed? So were the 3,000 who died on 9/11. So were the hundreds who died in the US Embassy bombing in Kenya. Bin Laden and his ilk encouraged those who bombed Bali and the dead and wounded there were all unarmed at the time they died, blown to smithereens by some misguided zealot. Palestinians killed in Israeli reprisal raids for HAMAS rocket attacks were as unarmed as the Israeli civilians killed by HAMAS. I could go on but those that get my point have no need for me to belabour it and those who don’t will never understand.

“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”
John Stuart Mill
English economist & philosopher (1806 – 1873)

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