Environmental Destruction and Mass Murder
An Analogy of Murder
As the population grows wars and environmental destruction will increase as greed takes over from common sense
This lens is a parody of mass murder by individuals, whether dictators, war mongers or environment destroyers. People die from any of these causes in similar fashion and the paradox cannot be dismissed lightly. Whether you believe in climate change or not and whether you think it is man made or not this lens may start you thinking about WHAT IF?
We all fear mass extermination, such as by nuclear bombs or such and over the last century we have seen many acts of barbarism against people, starting with Stalin, Hitler and Idi Amin, to say nothing of the huge numbers who died and continue to die at the hands of other dictators. That was how these leaders of the past took millions of lives and their deeds are displayed below for comparison
Starvation, slavery, climate change and genocide are all playing a role in the modern crisis facing many countries and yet we ignore the biggest threat to the future of all humanity - man's greed, The wealthy individuals who are robbing the world of future survival are the biggest of all killers of humanity but in the name of greed they are not brought to account. So where is earth justice when people are being allowed to take everything and we will all pay the price.
If you think what Hitler, Stalin, or others did to their populations was bad then spare a thought for what we all may face as the environment deteriorates. I am not being alarmist here but speaking from a common sense perspective in an attempt to wake people up. The people who are robbing us of oxygen, water, food and ultimately our lives are mass murderers, whether they know it or not, and should probably be listed with those of history.
There is a difference between deliberately taking life and doing things that will ultimately take life but the results are the same. So is one more guilty who pulls the trigger than the one who supplied the gun?
Khmer Rouge Mass Muder
Killing Fields in Cambodia
Have we learned anything from the past? Could our future be any different? Who will remain to cry over our bones? Who will be around to bury us?
Most people will remember the dreadful massacre of the people of Cambodia under the Pol Pot regime. It is known also as the Khmer Rouge who ruled from 1975 to 1979, following the Vietnam War. From a population of some 8 million over an estimated 1.7 million to 2.5 million deaths occurred from mass murder including starvation and disease. The world was horrified
According to Wikipedia: "The Khmer Rouge regime arrested and eventually executed almost everyone suspected of connections with the former government or with foreign governments, as well as professionals and intellectuals. Ethnic Vietnamese, ethnic Thai, ethnic Chinese (except for those already prominent among the Khmer Rouge themselves), ethnic Chams (Muslim Cambodians), Cambodian Christians (most of whom were Roman Catholic, along with its Priesthood) and the Buddhist monkhood were the demographic targets of persecution. As a result, Pol Pot is sometimes described as "the Hitler of Cambodia" and "a genocidal tyrant." Martin Shaw described the Cambodian genocide as "the purest genocide of the Cold War era"
For years Pol Pot was persued to bring him to justice for his actions but he eventually died of old age having escaped repeatedly from the public eye and, therefore, from ever being caught until the very end when he was on his deathbed. Other members of his regime were tried and dealt with many years after the massacres and when there were few witnesses left willing to give evidence.
Pol Pot on Wikipedia
Although Pol Pot is credited with killing 1/4 of the Cambodian population, there is debate as to whether or not this constitutes genocide under international law. Moreover, there is a separate debate as to whether or not the persecution of minorities by the Khmer Rouge constituted genocide.
Did Pol Pot Commit Genocide?
Does genocide relate only to complete annihalation of a country's population?
Country in Trouble
The air we breathe is a killer
With overpopulation comes death and destruction for everyone. We might think it is funny to over breed but we have to live with the consequences.
Overpopulation is one of the biggest killers of humanity. As people become crowds and space becomes scarce the instinct of many is to create a situation that will scale the population down. Fighting between groups escalates into mass murder and even suicide as individuals seek out answers from leaders who, like Pol Pot, are twisted in the head.
The archaeological record demonstrates this in areas where resources were limited and food and water were fought over. In fact, more wars have been fought over water than any other cause.
But today we might soon be fighting over the air we breathe as trees are cut down, species wiped out and resources are on the decline.
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The World at war
Although we survived two great wars, we won't survive the next and it is just around the corner, if it has not already started. People move as overcrowding forces them out
Those not old enough to remember the horror have certainly read and seen all the information on Auschwitz and other concentration camps implemented for mass extermination of Jews and others during WWII. Hitler was Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945
Wikipedia notes: "One of the foundations of Hitler's social policies was the concept of racial hygiene. It was based on the ideas of Arthur de Gobineau, a French count; eugenics, a pseudo-science that advocated racial purity; and social Darwinism. Applied to human beings, "survival of the fittest" was interpreted as requiring racial purity and killing off "life unworthy of life." The first victims were children with physical and developmental disabilities; those killings occurred in a programme dubbed Action After a public outcry, Hitler made a show of ending this program, but the killings continued"
The Diary of Anne Frank is probably one of the most credible documents pertaining to the persecution and execution of Jews.
Wikipedia notes: Between 1939 and 1945, the SS, assisted by collaborationist governments and recruits from occupied countries, systematically killed somewhere between 11 and 14 million people, including about six million Jews, in concentration camps, ghettos and mass executions, or through less systematic methods elsewhere. In addition to those gassed to death, many died as a result of starvation and disease while working as slave labourers (sometimes benefiting private German companies). Along with Jews, non-Jewish Poles, Communists and political opponents, members of resistance groups, homosexuals, Roma, the physically handicapped and mentally retarded, Soviet prisoners of war (possibly as many as three million), Jehovah's Witnesses, Adventists, trade unionists, and psychiatric patients were killed. One of the biggest centres of mass-killing was the industrial extermination camp complex of Auschwitz-Birkenau. As far as is known, Hitler never visited the concentration camps and did not speak publicly about the killing in precise terms.
A dear friend of mine lived nearby one concentration camp and reported that the air was thick with the stench of burning bodies. No one took any action to stop the exterminations but, as Joe stated, everyone knew they were taking place,
Hitler on Wikipedia
While no specific order from Hitler authorizing the mass killing has surfaced, there is documentation showing that he approved the Einsatzgruppen killing squads that followed the German army through Poland and Russia, and that he was kept well informed about their activities
Did Hitler Know Of the Concentration Camps - and the mass killings therein?
Was Hitler to blame for these deaths
Inside the Walls of Hell
Hitler Killed as do Environmental Vandals
And it won't be quick
Water, food, even the air we breathe will be fought over and the strongest will over power the weak.
Environmental vandals are killing us now through pollution, loss of resources, loss of species, deforestation, contaminated rivers and oceans and much more. It can't be emphasized enough that behind the rush for riches lies death to the planet.
The German army lined people up and shot them in the back or front, wherever. They gassed millions and burned them in ovens. They sent bombs over cities and killed thousands of innocent civilians. But were these murderers any different to what the vandals of today are doing and they go scot free.
Its all too hard for governments to stop them. The big cry they shout is JOBS. But are the jobs of a few more important than the lives of many. The German army were employed in jobs as well. They used their skills to murder and maim. What's the difference?
Polluted drinking water is spreading disease fast. It is causing cancer and in some regions people have no choice but to drink it. The Ok Tedi mine in New Guinea is a case in point. Here heavy metals have destroyed the river environment and sent poisoned water to the villages below who depend on the river for water to drink, fish to eat and for irrigation of crops. But nothing grows here. The banks of the river are grey with heavy metals and the people are dying. Does anyone care. After all the mine is producing gold as opposed to a few native tribes who have no voice or importance on the world stage.
This mine may have recently been shut down but the damage is done and the same is happening all over the world.
Deforestation Will Lead to Mass Murder
Does anyone care?
Although there is much written about this and people have the power to change things that are hurting us nothing is done, Money rules and even the threat of death won't stop it.
Everyday I am forced to buy something plastic. My grandson's birthday present is plastic lego.
People died in the concentration camps and elsewhere from starvation, disease and deliberate murder. But the same thing will happen to all of us as global warming increases and pollution of oceans and land continues.
While many will say that the world has an unlimited amount of resources it is time to think again. We have now a population approaching 8 billion people. That has increased from just over a billion people a hundred years ago and when I was a teenager it was something like 1.5 billion. In my lifetime it has grown by more than 500%. It is set to double in size over the next twenty or so years. A baby a second is being born whose future life will depend on food, water, housing and resources.
As agricultural land turns into desert, as it is doing in many regions now, the food will decline. Genetically modified food is simply a quick fix and no one yet knows its effect in the long term. Suppose that most food crops are GM focused and it is suddenly discovered that humans are being poisoned by it. Or that it is causing massive disease in populations. How would we then turn back the clock? It is dicing with death in my opinion because we can't change the nature we evolved with and expect our bodies to adapt. It simply doesn't work that way. So is GM food a potential source of mass extermination?
Without trees the land is exposed to the sun's rays and to overheating. That's just one of the side effects of deforestation. Other side effects include (a) loss of species dependent on the forrest for their lives. (b) declining oxygen levels as trees provide that essential gas for all living creatures. (c) more disease as the oxygen levels decline things like cancer, skin cancer especially, is on the increase. (d) as the food sourced from trees declines food becomes more expensive and harder for many to obtain, (e) loss of insect species essential for pollination of plants vital for human sustenance. (f) with land clearing locusts and other insect pests are increasing in great numbers to wipe out crops.
While I have listed only some of the side effects from the loss of trees there are many others.
One major thing is that trees make rain. They suck up moisture from beneath the earth and expel it through their leaves into the atmosphere where the tiny droplets rise up to form clouds and eventually rain. Remove the trees and drought follows, such as has been experienced and is still being expererienced in many countries today. Australia has just has 10 years of the worst drought in recorded history and much of the Murray Darling Agricultural regions are struggling.
Farmers here now face major water restrictions stopping them from irrigating in the same manner as before. Many have chopped down their fruit trees and others have simply walked off their land. Is this the future we want to be facing right now?
The air you breathie in, even in your home, can kill you. At least it can cause allergies,
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Is Human Life at Risk?
Do you think the world has unlimited resources and can sustain increased popuation?
Save the Environment
Its your home too you know
There is nowhere else to go and the life of this planet is being eaten away by pollution, and your life as well. Every tree felled is one less to supply oxygen and remove carbon dioxide from the air.
People usually think of the world as a massive place that would take something extraordinary to destroy. But little things add up and become that one massive disaster from which we may not survive.
Every bit of plastic, ever cigarette butt, every light bulb, the energy we use, the petrol in our cars and the things we take for granted are all the little things adding up to that big catastrophie. Every child born will require resources to survive. As species disappear so does genetic diversity and from that comes weak bodies and less food.
This lens is a wake up call for those willing and able to read and act on the things that hurt us. It is not only the murderers like Pol Pot and Hitler and others, it is ourselves and our complacency. We tend to bury our heads as though what is happening is none of our business. But it is our business and that of all future generations.
As the earth warms people will die of heat, poisonous gasses, like carbon monodoxide and carbon dioxide, will kill just as the cyanide did in the concentration camps. Super fires are already taking effect in many parts of the world and people are being roasted alive. Incinerated in their homes and cities, and this will get worst. Cyclones are killing just as effectively with drownings, poisoned water, diseases and loss of habitat. Years afterwards Cyclone Katrina is still playing out.
New cyclones, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and other things are killing people everywhere. Land is being swallowed up by oceans as sea levels rise. Animal species are being driven to extinction, such as the polar bears and others. The water we drink is becoming ever more contaminated and governments are at a loss to stop it.
Money is power and is ruling the world. It is the chief cause of evironmental destruction and the danger is not going away while ever billionaires can make more out of the resources they think of as being endless money cows. So I say again WAKE UP and live. Be complacent and die. The choice is yours.
The Worst Mass Murderer
The world has seen some extraordinary massacres and natural disasters that took great swathes of human life, The Indian Ocean tsunamie is one example but there are so many others
According to the American Thinker of November 4th, 2010, the title of 'greatest murderer' belongs to Mao Zedong, founder of the People's Republic of China. "Speaking at The Independent Woodstock Literary Festival, Frank Diktter, a Hong Kong-based historian, said he found that during the time that Mao was enforcing the Great Leap Forward in 1958, in an effort to catch up with the economy of the Western world, he was responsible for overseeing "one of the worst catastrophes the world has ever known".
During the period of 1958 to 1962 all out war raged as the state took on the peasants. At least a third of homes were destroyed and the country descended into famine, starvation and massive migration of people who fled the terror while trying to find refuge.
As the Communist party gained the upper hand millions were executed as opponents of the revolution. Among them were professors of universities, their students, leaders of industry and agricuture and anyone else who was deemed a threat to communism. People were enslaved and many were worked to death in factories and in the fields.
Some estimates have that number as high as 20 million but of course it is now denied by the leaders of the existing communist party. It was almost impossible to get any news from within the country as there was a blockade of people moving in and out and all news was created by the party itself.
A recent ABC radio program, Australia All over, serialised a book called 'Spies Like Us' by Hugh Lunn, which was possibly plagarised by an American who made a film and switched the original characters to American. Hugh, a journalist at the time, told his true story of how he and his brother went to Hong Kong to find girls, on their way to England. They decided to travel overland to Russia and then into Europe. They arrived in HK at the start of the Cultural Revolution in the early 60's. His brother decided to go on his way to England via boat and alone.
Ignorant of what was going on Hugh stumbled into Red China and barely escaped with his life before being allowed to proceed to the Russian side of the border. On the train north he was flabberghasted by the loudspeaker which sent a message in Chinese throughout the train every few minutes, He asked an English speaking conductor what the message said and the translation may be lost in my memory of it but it went something like this. "All Americans are Pigs - down with America".
Now if that isn't brain washing I don't know what is. So what did the regime fear so much from the west? That's a simple question to answer - FREEDOM. The Chinese people were regimented, brainwashed, supervised, recorded and killed if they stepped a fraction out of line. Many were jailed for practically nothing and the only way they got food, clothes or anything else while confined was through their relatives bringing them stuff. If they died the relatives were required to remove the body and bury it.
How Can We Not Wake Up?
The future is coming
Many of us are wide awake but powerless to convince the rest of the world of the problem or, perhaps, the solution to the problem, For they all must see or feel it.
Power for change is in the hands of those who make heaps of money from the current situation, so they keep the lid on what is coming. But what has money to do with life? You can't eat and breathe dollar bills. Every human needs resources
There is no easy solution to any of the problems raised above and some may not take any of it too seriously. But I am putting these ideas forward so that we can talk about them, possibly act on them and maybe even change some of the things we do.
Population control may be just a pipe dream as people engage in sex and will procreate as long as they have breath and the necessary components for a successful pregnancy. But if we can think well enough to design machines and craft that can take us out of earth's atmosphere and into space, if we have the brains to know about genetics and how to manipulate genes to supposedly improve crops and so on, then why don't we have the ability and the brains to restrict population growth and to put restraints in place to stop science from extending the lives of people beyond their use by date.
What is it about humanity that makes us want to live forever, to reproduce beyond reasonable numbers and to have an unreasonable fear of dying?
There is no easy solution but the purpose of this essay is to make you think. Get real in a world that is demanding attention and together we may start a revolution of another kind - to make a difference to how we think and act.
I started this debate with comparisons to mass murderers and the things they brought upon their people. But to me there are worse mass murderers today who are killing us all by taking the trees out of the forests, who are contributing to climate change and species lost, who are overfishing the oceans, overproducing the human population and who are taking everything they can from nature to make themselves rich.
As the population swells beyond capacity companies, like Monsanto, are gaining the upper hand with GM food crops. Potent gasses and degradated landscapes are everywhere from mining and over production of agricultural products. We are being gassed and burned alive, executed and tortured without a voice to raise against the power moguls who run the planet.
At whose expense are they doing this? Yours, mine, theirs and our children and grandchildren. Money and greed has taken control of governments, people and religions the world over and people who are the ones that will suffer are being cast aside while the new god - money - takes everything.
Companies, where executives are earning millions in pay every year, use the excuse that they employ people. Well, that may be the case but are jobs more important than the air we breathe, then the water we drink and the food we need to eat? How far can a job go in preserving life and this planet.
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