Europe slumbers as wars of civilisation rage on frontiers
Published 30/04/2008 | 00:00
An apocryphal internet tale provides a double insight into the fundamental problems of the Western world. A senior Australian army officer, General Peter Cosgrave, is being interviewed by a woman presenter. She questions him about a scheme to introduce boy scouts to army barracks. What will they do there, she asks; he replies, climbing, canoeing, archery and rifle-shooting.
"Shooting? Don't you admit that that's a terribly dangerous activity to be teaching children? You're equipping them to become violent killers."
"Well ma'am, you're equipped to be a prostitute, and you're not one, are you?"