February 12th 2005

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COVER STORY: Kim Beazley - Labor's only hope?

EDITORIAL: Barking up the wrong tree ...

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Top free-market think-tank warns of 'banana republic'

SPECIAL FEATURE: Who speaks and acts for the communist dead?

BUSHFIRES: COAG inquiry skirts the real issues

VICTORIA: Judge links pornography and sexual assault

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Iraq election and the problem of Iran / Bushrangers hanging around the hospitals / Climbing the ladder to nowhere

INTERNATIONAL TRADE: US trade deals marginalise WTO

EAST ASIA: US's new strategy in the Far East

CHINA-TAIWAN RELATIONS: First direct flights from Taiwan to mainland

OPINION: Good riddance to compulsory student unionism

The slaughtered generation (letter)

The Governor-General and the Constitution (letter)

CINEMA: Quality French film wins following - Les Choristes


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The slaughtered generation (letter)

by Dr David van Gend

News Weekly, February 12, 2005

There is something fundamentally wrong with a system, wrote George Orwell, that needs to be built on a mountain of corpses. He wrote of the Soviet slaughter. This week we read of two other such systems.

The mountain of corpses at Auschwitz is the final indictment of the Nazi system, condemned again at last week's commemoration.

Yet we dare not look down at the mountain of tiny corpses upon which our own social system stands condemned - admittedly smaller corpses, but far more numerous, and therefore a far bigger mountain: the necessary heap of our own nameless young, trampled underfoot by adults getting their snouts in the trough of our brutal sexual revolution.

So, on the same day that the UN in New York damns the Nazis, we read of protestors in Washington condemning the culling fields of unlimited abortion on the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade.

On such an alignment of evil anniversaries our own poet, Bruce Dawe, put it best in Final Solutions:

"Pray for those then who,
destined for the knife,
wore from the first
the yellow star of Life."

Dr David van Gend,
Toowoomba, Qld

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