Crimes against children are universally reviled. Even criminals hate those who offend against children.
Probably the most cowardly and disgusting act an adult can commit is to use a child as a human shield, or, worse, as a weapon.
Even animals don’t do that.
From time to time we see pictures like the one below, and they’re a certain sign that some conflict has sunk to a moral zero, because adults are using children as shields and weapons.
AUSTRALIA, WE ARE DOING IT!!
We are doing it. The appalling conditions in which we detain asylum seekers are meant to be a deterrent. The recent graphics that appeared on the Department of Immigration’s website depicting the misery, ill health and despair of “detained” asylum seekers clearly shows that their conditions are deliberate, and we’re using them to deter others. That’s a weapon.
And we are doing the same to children.
Children who have committed no crime, whose lives are already in ruins, are being deliberately used by us as a weapon against others. We are holding them in the same awful conditions, and subjecting them to the same misery and risk of disease and death, not because we have to, but because we want to.
This is not morally questionable. This is not morally dubious. This is child abuse of the lowest, most despicable form.
And we’re letting it happen.
Our country is using children as a weapon, and the children are suffering as a result. We are no better than the monsters in the photograph. In fact, we are worse, because there is no “war”, and we’re not fighting for our lives. We’re using children as weapons and permanently damaging them to “stop” people smugglers.
Please write to your Federal MP and Senators and demand that we stop this immediately.
Please write to them. Now.