The headline from a recent article by Claire Bickers from News Corp Australia reads, ‘Mental Health Warning over U.S-Australia Refugee Deal.’ You don’t have to be Peter ‘The Potato’ Dutton to know refugees are depressed. They’re caged up, their country is stuffed, most of them have lost parents or children, or brothers and sisters, to indiscriminate bombings and war. Segregated and confined on an island, they have little hope for the future.
‘Drug em’, that will fix em’.
21 percent of asylum seekers on Nauru, and 16 per cent on Manus Island are on antidepressants. Medications like anti-psychotics and anti-depressants might dope them up enough to stop them from killing themselves, but it won’t do anything to solve the issues of why they are actually there. While Peter Dutton is trying to sort out the political mess, suicide is bad for business. Ironically, the problem isn’t with their heads, its with ours. But its not entirely our fault, a particular segregationist schema is rammed into our brains every day. It happens every time we turn on the TV, listen to the radio, or open social media. It’s reinforced even further when we go to work or socialize. Some of us have an inkling that something isn’t quite right with all this terrorism stuff. Most have an urge to break free from the group-think, to appeal to our conscience, but never take action and step outside the circle.
It happened to the Nazi’s too, groupthink, that’s why they could do what they did. Determine a person’s worth as something less than an animal. Sub-human. So then, we aren’t to blame, are we? Groupthink was good when all we had to do was harvest fruits and vegetables and band together to fight off tigers, lions and other natural predators. But it’s absolute crap for immigration policy. Why? Because of fear. We all get scared of something that hardly even exists, and then we all do the same thing. Push it away, lock it up, and make someone else deal with it. Its an easy life being naive, after all, Muslims and Jews are completely different. They don’t even look the same.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
Martin Niemöller, German Lutheran Pastor, Nazi Supporter-turned-Pacifist, German Concentration Camp Survivor 1937-45.
It’s easy for us Westerners to sit around watching action heroes on Netflix, pretending that the United States is the moral authority on everything. It was taught to us at school, and we saw it on the TV growing up. Rambo was real, wasn’t he? Life is good when things are simple and you don’t have to think too much about those other things; you don’t get your face in the mud and moral questions don’t have to be answered (by you anyway). You can keep worrying about if you’re getting fat, or what people are going to think about you if you decide to quit your job and try something new or different. It might be easy to think of refugees in detention as terrorists, because of their religion or what they look like, but what about the majority of them who aren’t? No, that can’t be right, all Muslims are terrorists, aren’t they? No, not by a long shot.
In relation to the U.S, a recent study by Charles Kurzman showed this:
- Since 9/11 (9 of 46, or 20 percent) of Muslim-Americans involved with violent extremist plots had family backgrounds from the seven countries listed on Trumps’s proposed immigration ban (Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somali, Sudan, Syria, Yemen).
- There have been no fatalities in the United States caused by extremists with family backgrounds in these countries: Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somali, Sudan, Syria, Yemen. None. Zero.
- According to the Gun Violence Archive, around 15,066 people were killed in the U.S by firearms in 2016. That’s right, in one year. 30,620 people were injured [these figures exclude suicide].
- In 2016 alone, 188 Americans were killed in mass shootings, and this figure doesn’t even include the victims of Muslim-American extremists.
- The death toll from Muslim-American extremists since 9/11 is 123. More than 240,000 Americans were murdered over the same period. That’s right, Americans are killing each other on a massive scale. Maybe Trump should stop American citizens from re-entering the country? After all, they are pretty dangerous.
The problem is, we human beings can’t get enough of labels. We love them: Niggers, Faggots, Quacks, Ragheads, Coons, Gooks, Kaffirs, Lebos, Bomb-packers, Skinnys, Zipperheads, they are all responsible for each others actions, aren’t they?
A study by Mother Jones (which can be viewed here) shows that from 1982 to 2016, mass shooting incidents were made up of the following: Asian Mass Shooters (6 incidents, 72 killed, 31 wounded), Black mass shooters, (12 incidents, 116 killed, 94 wounded), Muslim Mass Shooters (4 incidents, 81 killed, 106 wounded), White mass shooters (47 incidents, 561 killed, 628 wounded). In the U.S In 2016, Muslims made up nearly half (46%) of refugee admissions, a higher share than for Christians, who accounted for 44% of refugees admitted.
So why does the ‘Honourable‘, Peter ‘The Potato’ Dutton, dump most of the Muslims on Manus Island and Nauru? Fear. I wonder if his daughter or son attempted suicide by setting themselves on fire, things might be different?
Compared to the threat posed by a refugee terrorist — which the Trump Administration’s executive order is specifically designed to curtail — the data suggest the typical American is:
- 6 times more likely to die from a shark attack (one of the rarest forms of death on Earth)
- 29 times more likely to die from a regional asteroid strike
- 260 times more likely to be struck and killed by lightning
- 4,700 times more likely to die in an aeroplane or spaceship accident
- 129,000 times more likely to die in a gun assault
- 407,000 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle incident
- 6.9 million times more likely to die from cancer or heart disease
Put another way, an American’s chances of winning the Powerball jackpot are many times better than those being killed in a foreign terror attack — and the odds of being killed by an illegal immigrant are even lower than that.
In Australia we have had three terrorist related deaths on our soil in the past twenty years, so you can imagine you would probably have more chance of winning Powerball, then getting wiped out by a huge asteroid, than being killed in a terror attack.
Length of detention in immigration detention facilities in Australia:
- 427 people has been in detention for 0-3 months
- 223 people had been in detention for 3-6 months
- 375 people had been in detention for 6-12 months
- 207 people had been in detention for 12-18 months
- 184 people had been in detention for 18 months to 2 years
- 436 people had been in detention for over 2 years.
Sort it out Potato Head.