There’s a world championship lawn bowls “grand slam” happening in Melbourne with teams from Germany, Japan and Australia. Incensed by what happened to their grandfathers or great-grandfathers, hordes of pumped German-Australians, Japanese-Australians and Anglo-Australians descend on Melbourne to “Come to the lawn bowls and punch on.”
“We hate those German and Jap c—s,” he said. “We want to smack their heads in after the game. We knew they were coming. Tomorrow there will be more. There’ll be 2000 Germans and Japs, but that doesn’t matter. We’ll bring shanks and stab every one of them.
“I’m not from around here. I flew 22 hours to come to be at this game from Perth. I swear on my life I’m going to stab two of those German and Jap c—s.”
No? Well Serbs and Croats don’t just imagine such things. Click the picture if you don’t know what happened.
At least they are all “Christians”, so our current paranoia about Muslims misses out this time.
If you are a regular here you know I support cultural pluralism, but within a framework of harmony and mutual respect and tolerance — the salad model rather than the melting-pot model. In the salad the tomatoes and lettuces have their own identity, but they don’t attack one another, unlike the veggies above. Some things just have to be left back in the homeland — the reasons our grandpas may have been so bloody miserable, for example, like my own mad Orangemen ancestors whose bigotries that may have seemed sensible in an Irish bog in County Cavan seem pretty bloody stupid here at the other end of the earth. Serbs and Croats, we really don’t care. In fact, what you do just pisses most people off. Get over it. Save it for the Balkans, even though even there it probably doesn’t make much sense any more.