Alan McDougall;121723 wrote:
Yes the apartheid system of the Afrikaner regime took away the dignity of millions of dark skinned people and made them third class citizens in their own country and can was a crime against humanity but it cant be compared to the unspeakable evil of the NAZI regime of Hitler.
Well, I think it can, and I'm not sure I agree totally with Aedes here, because I don't think it was 'so bad'.
I don't think the institutionalised prejudices of Northern Ireland, where I currently live, were so bad either - but they were there.
I do think actions of the country of my birth - England - have been worse - but fortunately for British PR history seems to have forgotten the Tasmanians.
What I think it does demonstrate is that evil and bestial are not the same thing, and that circumstances can conspire to place a lot of otherwise reasonable and even apparently "kind" people within a framework that is responsible for great suffering and injustice - great in terms of the crimes of the Nazis or the Tasmanian genocide, less so (but still significantly so) in terms of the crimes of aparthied, and less so (but still significantly so) in terms of the crimes of a protestant state for protestant people.
But they are still prejudiced dehumanising systems.
Have you ever heard of the Milgram Experiments?
Milgram experiment - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Their disturbing upshot is that when asked to endanger someone's life by an authority figure a majority of humans will do so.
So the 'unspeakable evil' and 'utter bestiality' of those who staffed Belsen and Dachau - or who supported the regime allowing for those crimes - seems to stem from a rather common human quality.
That's not to say it isn't worth railing against or educating people about in the hope of changing it - but I find your condemnatory tone a bit rich.
For example - I think point 2 of the list of demands is a highly reasonable one - those treaties were too much of a punishment and were wrecking the lives of people who had been no more belligerent in the first world world war than their neighbours.
In fact it is the harsh lesson of the effects of those reperations that led to the Marshal Plan at the end of WWII. A plan that arguably set northern and western Europe into an unprecedented era of peace.
So yes, it was a demand - a good one which might have alleviated matters had it been promptly met.