Nothing in this blog can be believed. If you think that anything in this blog is true or factual, you'll need to verify it from another source. Do you understand? No? Then read it again, and repeat this process, until you understand that you cannot sue me for anything you read here. Also, having been sucked into taking part in the mass-murder of more than 3 million Vietnamese people on behalf of U.S. Big Business "interests", I'm as mad as a cut snake (and broke) so it might be a bit silly to try to sue me anyway...

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Still troubled...

This Scott Parkin thing just won't leave me alone. It troubles me severely. Today I watched Insight (ABC) and Kim Beazely (who was briefed by ASIO) virtually validated the media reports about why Parkin was deported. i.e. that he was advocating violence at protests e.g. throwing marbles under police horses in order to get them to fall.

This bothers me in two ways:

[1] If that was the reason, why could ASIO not have made that claim openly and allowed Parkin to defend that charge?

[2] If Parkin did advocate violence, then my trust in the nonviolence movement would be severely shaken.

From my own experience at the National Nonviolence Gathering which I attended in April, I have to say that there were individuals there who (in principle) condoned violence as a valid form of political action. This bothered me then, and it still bothers me now.

I think there are people in the nonviolence movement who condone provocation, sabotage, vandalism, and violent retaliation as acceptable methods, either because for them the end justifies the means, or that if they receive violence that they are are entitled to return it. This bothers me hugely. And I don't think the nonviolence movement, as a movement, does enough to clearly distance and disassociate itself from protestors and activists who do advocate and employ these methods. I think there are double standards and it makes me want to withdraw from the movement. Since I have only ever been on the very periphery of it, I doubt the movement will be bothered by this.

I'm sick of seeing protests with which I sympathise strongly, hijacked and marred by various forms of violent or destructive behaviour. I think it's extremely counter-productive and I cannot in any way be associated with it.

Grrrrrrrr...
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3 Comments:

Blogger Crystal said...

dey is called ASSIO cos dey would not know dey ASS from a hole in the ground.

I just noticed you have Wombats Waffles linked - he comments at Guambat Stew a newish blog that you might also enjoy.
xxx

September 26, 2005 12:11 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

I am aware of GuambatStew. I pop over there and read it regularly. I've even had a small serving of guambatshit deposited on this blog. The bat has not returned to respond to my response.

Oh Brownie... you are so cute...

September 26, 2005 9:01 AM  
Blogger Davo said...

sHEESH, besotted by an image.

September 26, 2005 11:01 PM  

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