Here it is again. The co- pilot Andreas Lubitz that now seems to have caused the Lufthansa tragedy was considered by many to be ‘normal’. He is described as being ‘a normal guy, a very friendly man. He was well liked, had a girl friend, was part of a group of friends, did jogging and was very friendly. There was nothing in his background that seemed to suggest he would ever do what he finally is alleged to have done; Murder 150 innocent people.
Perhaps we should be more weary when we hear people say that they think that there are ‘normal’ people. Yes, normal, but so was Churchill who gave a command during WW 1, sending thousands to their death on the coast of Turkey in the battle known as Gallipoli . We now have elevated this event to an almost unbelievable act of heroism. It was heroic but it was also very foolish, well known to be doomed from the start. It was a preventable tragedy.Gallipoli would fall to become the seventh bloodiest campaign of the war but at the time it had no peer in casualties. That was ‘normal’ too. Thousands of Australians will go to Turkey this Anzac day to commemorate that tragedy. They will stand there holding candles and remember ‘lest we forget’. Yet is was a foregone conclusion it would be a massacre on a terrible scale. Within a month of it Churchill was sacked from the war ministry.It is regarded as one of the biggest stains on the career of Churchill. Yet, the event is now elevated to a level that will surely excite Hollywood movie makers yet again.
And then there was Bush. Perfectly normal too. Thousands being send to death in the first war of Iraq all based on a known lie, there were no weapons of mass destruction. Bush knew that and so did our PM John Howard. Bush was ‘normal’. John Howard, sickeningly ‘normal’.
Look at how refugees are treated by our respectable government. Thousands of refugees locked up for years on end. This government has said ‘you will never end up living in Australia’. You can rot for ever, jump of roofs, go raving mad, but, no matter what you do, we will never allow you your human-ness or any dignity.
Yet, our government are peopled by very ‘normal’ people.
Perhaps even ‘normal’ people are very capable of doing abnormal abysmal deeds!
History seems to bear this out.