Trammelled by Self-Deception

Eyes of the Mind

“…but that would never happen here!”

How many times have you heard a sensible observation dismissed with that smug phrase?

It’s certainly one I’ve heard far too many times, whether in relation to the draconian Tasmanian Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill that is currently under the scrutiny of a parliamentary committee or the brutal conflict in the former Yugoslavia.  The complacency is all the more galling when the opportunity to ensure that it never does “happen here” is sabotaged by those who agree in principle but don’t like to make a fuss.

As I write, many Croatians are celebrating their country’s accession to the European Union.  It is, admittedly, a notable achievement for a country whose citizens twenty years ago were under incessant bombardment from the enemy, had one-third of their territory occupied, and were singing somewhat forlornly:

We want to share the European dream.

We want democracy and…

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