Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Aliens Caused The Bushfires?

While the list of missing* grows and the number of known dead rises in Victoria in the aftermath of the horrific bushfires, I wonder how much of the rage against supposed arsonists is due to the need to pin the blame for our collective grief on somebody, anybody...

I've heard of people blaming the former Howard Governement for not signing the Kyoto protocol, people blaming the "Greenies" for allegedly blocking the back-burning of forests as fire-breaks. Come on, get with it, people.

I just hope Australia doesn't go all limbic on us and, in their fury and frustration, publically lynch (or media-lynch or cyber-lynch) any innocent people in order to appease their righteous anger.

It has happened, and it could happen again: remember Azaria.

It was 48°+, the North wind was howling... of course fires will start - it's been that way in the Great Southern Land for multiple millenia.


Of course, maybe some idiot or idiots did start some of the fires... One of my flaws is that I always imagine people to be as moral and as ethical as myself (stop laughing, you up the back), but as George Steiner sort of said in my post the other day, you can scratch the surface of even your closest friend and find something alien under the skin. I believe that I would never do that, or that anyone I know would do such a thing. (But I believe I could never be a Nazi either. Psychological evidence suggests that maybe I could.)

Arsonists. They must be aliens. It just does not compute.


* It's hard not to cry while going through these photos for some reason... You have my permission to 'go all limbic' if you wish.


HKMacs said...

I don't believe it was arsonists one little bit. As for Kevin Rudd ranting at the cameras, hair all amuss, that's the BS politician ploy. It's a tragedy, live with it.

rambeaux said...

A cigarette butt out a window could have started it on a day like Saturday... Hell, my farts were lighting themselves it was that fucking hot.
If they do find someone, expect riots outside the magistrates court in William St.

expat@large said...

Maybe a dingo did it!

Dick Headley said...

No proof yet but from what I saw of the graffiti around Melbourne (couple of years ago) I won't be surprised if a few of those fires were deliberate.

HKMacs said...

The Catch the Fire Ministries has tried to blame the bushfires disaster on laws decriminalising abortion in Victoria.
The evangelical church's leader, Pastor Danny Nalliah, claimed he had a dream about raging fires on October 21 last year and that he woke with "a flash from the Spirit of God: that His conditional protection has been removed from the nation of Australia, in particular Victoria, for approving the slaughter of innocent children in the womb".

rambeaux said...

Aha! So He's the arsonist!
String him up! Crucify him!

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