Why burn the place down? 

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There has been great outrage in the popular press about the spate of fires in the Australian Concentration Camps.Concentration Camps: Howard Visits Germany  Pictures by Nicholson  Why would they do such a thing?  Perhaps Mr Howard and the right wing press, so hurt by refugee's lack of thanks should go back to Shakespeare; the Merchant of Venice, Act 111 Scene 1.

Salarino says to Shylock of Antonio's losses: "Why, I am sure, if he forfeit, thou wilt not take his flesh: what's that good for?"  And Shylock replies:

To bait fish withal: if it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge. He hath disgraced me, and hindered me half a million; laughed at my losses, mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my bargains, cooled my friends, heated mine enemies; and what's his reason? I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility? Revenge. If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example? Why, revenge. The villany you teach me, I will execute, and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction.

Put bluntly, Mr Howard, if you treat people like shit, shit you will get. Refugees are people, not something less, and yet this is how we treat them.
Pictures by Nicholson
Ruddock and Humane DaughterApart from a few, the media's reporting of the events has been a disgrace.  No here did one hear of refugees driven to despair.  Although a few ringleaders were identified as not being Middle eastern, no one felt it worth commenting beyond that.  Self satisfied and sleek glossy women spoke on the TV news about the people burning "our detention centres" as though they were places of pride, not a cause for shame. God bless the refugees for giving the places the treatment they deserved. 



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