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As the fires rage, we glimpse the evolving abnormal : Comments

By Lyn Bender, published 11/2/2020

This has been the summer when we have been forced to see what we have collectively sought to avoid.

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Hasbeen,

Why wouldn't they?
Posted by Mr Opinion, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 12:11:01 PM
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Dear AlanB,

How on earth have you managed to get your knickers in a knot over a couple of small mentions of an indigenous perspective in a 4 page article?

Obviously it has hit a sore spot. Reactions like yours are normally driven by unresolved feelings of guilt.

So let's tease this out. Your denial about whether the taking of this land was an invasion is at complete odds with the facts. Regiment after regiment was stationed in this country and wars were fought with the local inhabitants.

To make some irrelevant point that many of those who came were prisoners and thus claim justification is just silly. The French and Spanish also transported prisoners to their colonies.

The penal colony of Cayenne , commonly known as Devil's Island, was a French penal colony that operated in the 19th and 20th century in the Salvation's Islands of French Guiana. Opened in 1852, the Devil's Island system received convicts from the Prison of St-Laurent-du-Maroni. All had been deported from all parts of the Second French Empire, and was infamous for its harsh treatment of detainees, with a death rate of 75% at their worst, until it was closed down in 1953. Devil's Island was notorious for being used for the internal exile of French political prisoners, with the most famous being Captain Alfred Dreyfus.
Wikipedia

The difference is that both the Spanish and the French eventually handed back the lands they had colonised. The British tended to stay and even when a version of independence had been achieved the resultant parliaments were almost exclusively white anglo-saxon in make up.

You don't get to feel pride in the achievements of our soldiers at Galipolli without acknowledging the horror we imposed on this land's original inhabitants.
Posted by SteeleRedux, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 12:24:52 PM
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