Imagine, if you will, that you’re sitting at the table eating dinner with your family one evening when you hear a commotion outside.
You rush to a window and see a long line of military tanks rumbling slowly down the street. Masked faces of men with machine guns are bashing open doors and yanking terrified, screaming, children and their mothers outside. Dazed fathers, struggling to protect their families, receive the butt end of a gun in the face for their efforts.
Two of those tanks have now blocked your driveway, and you see a pair of armed thugs storming towards your own door. There’s no time to do anything but huddle your family close together and wait.
Confusion and turmoil have engulfed your nation. Your home, car, property, bank accounts, assets, passports, birth certificates, laptops, pc’s, mobile phones – even your livelihood – have all been confiscated. Permanently.
You find yourselves shunted from one refugee-style camp to another until, after several long weeks, you’re dumped on a reservation of sorts, where you’re permitted to ‘exist’. Everyone is branded with a number – even newborns. Your stomach heaves, hearing the screams of children and babies receiving their scorching brands.
The only information you’re given, is that another country invaded yours, and that you and your fellow countrymen are perceived to be ‘just dumb natives’. Someone may come to collect a few of you, on occasion, who could be useful as free labour for the new regime; those with trades, in particular.
In the meantime, every man, woman and child will now be subjected to the regime’s religious dogma for several hours every day; non-compliance earns torture, followed by being burned alive.
You have one day to say goodbye to your children before they’re taken away from you and sold off as household slaves for your new overlords and their settlers. Babies will be removed to orphanage facilities nationwide until they’re old enough to be sold as slaves.
Sound familiar? Don’t think it could happen in the 21st century? Don’t think it could happen to you?
Wake up, little vegemites. Pay attention. Look around. Take notes. Ask questions.
Ignorance makes a poor defence.