Austria Still Denies Bad Things Happen

Austria Still Denies Bad Things Happen

April 30, 2008 Buddhism 3

It wasn’t Us!

We’re Not the One’s Wot Dunnit!

In the latest gaff from Austria regarding the bizarre incestuous happenings in Amstetten, the the BBC report that the Austrian Chancellor, no less, said that he, while speaking from Vienna, underlined that the “abominable events” were linked to one individual case.

But I also quote, without having to point out the irony in his words;

“We won’t allow the whole country to be held hostage by one man,” he said, adding: “It’s not Austria that is the perpetrator.”

Followed immediately by;

“This is an unfathomable criminal case, but also an isolated case.”

Er…. Let’s get this clear then.

It’s not an isolated case. It’s the second cellar hostage case in recent history. Go back 70 years and we find that the Nazi history started in Austria by an Austrian from a similar little town.

Belgium has also had a similar spate of recently discovered hostage / kidnap / child / murder / incest / cellar outrages over the last few years, one in particular linked to prominent establishment figures. Belgium also has a sorry Nazi and colonial past… Nazis, war, occupation, freedom, incarceration, torture, execution … … … … But in Belgium, people power sometimes shows it’s redeeming face as in this public demonstration as the people en-masse show that enough is enough.

It’s not that we British won’t forget the war (shades of Fawlty Towers – “Don’t Mention the War”). It’s actually that some people choose not to even acknowledge the existence of the war and their part in it.

And so things like this happen when deep depression or guilt is swept under the carpet.

This was made especially clear to me by my wife’s recent experiences in Austria, which she has clarified concisely here:- what-we-knew-about-amstetten and also by a follow up comment from a posting i-would-have-little-think-about-austria which has more relevant personal experiences of those times from Celia. Both women sensed the lurking unease behind the immaculately kept clean façade that is provincial Austria.

Postscript

The latest from Josef Fritzl is that he’s now refusing to speak. My guess is that he’ll top himself just like Fred West did and then there never will be any chance for closure on this and the other things mentioned, for Austria.

 

3 Responses

  1. Strangely says:

    Cracking personal commentary here from Jillian Greenwood: beleaguered-austria. Her experiences in Austria, immersed in the people as opposed to a skiing holiday, add validity to her words.
    We can only hope that this is a trigger to change the country. As Nichiren Daishonin said:

    Great events never have minor omens. When great evil occurs, great good follows. Since great slander already exists in our land, the great correct Law will spread without fail. What could any of you have to lament?

    Great Evil and Great Good – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin – Page 1119

  2. Strangely says:

    Thanks Jon for your extra info. Maybe I should make a big list!

    Seriously though, there does seem to be an underlying malaise that needs expunging from the national psyche – and it all comes from the unwillingness to admit that anything bad ever happened or that anyone had anything to do with it.
    Saying this, I was very impressed by the coppers in charge of the case on the TV last night. They seemed totally on the ball, much like you’d expect any good professional to be in any country.
    It’s probably something to do with the copper’s lot of being continuously exposed to the darker side of life. Because of this, there is no way for them to hide from reality – and that perhaps, is the key for the whole country.

  3. jon says:

    i found the austrian chancellor statements about just one incident amazing also.

    actually it is not the 2nd time in recent years , but the 3rd!!! a lawyer mother after a nervous breakdown, imprisoned her kids in a cellar

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