Well I guess if truth is the first casualty, the second must be the term “war” itself.
Time was when it took a prolonged and organised military engagement to earn the title “war”, remember the scemantic evasions over the “Vietnam conflict”?
Of course the term “war” has also been used to describe a co-ordinated effort of various underworld types bumping one another off as well.
Now it seems the term has fallen into such disrepute that it can be used to describe the nocturnal antics of a couple of spotty little twerps with a spray can out past their bed-time.
As reported earlier this week one of the little rat-bags involved, a sixteen year old kid, was quick marched down to the Albury police station by his parents to face questioning over his involvement in the spate of graffiti vandalism that has appeared over recent weeks, the impression I got from the Prime news broadcast earlier in the week was that that there were two other kids involved and that the kid they questioned was singing like Luciano Pavarotti.
Fairly cut and dried I would have thought, surely that’s an end to it.
Or so you’d think.
I also remember quite distinctly a member of Albury police who Prime News interviewed on the matter specifically stating the vandalism was the work of a few isolated individuals and “not gang related”.
Hmmmm, so are the Albury police telling porky pies or did the Border mail’s Sarah Dean get it wrong when she claimed “Rival gangs have sprayed walls, windows and signs to claim their turf with another attack…”?
I see the incident has been used as a springboard to re-launch the tired old CCTV debate, yet again.
Surely the Border Mail wouldn’t stoop to advocating a knee-jerk reaction or overt sensationalism just to sell a few newspapers. Would they? Surely they’d never cash in on the intolerant conservatism or inhereint paranoia of the local populace just to increase their circulation.
I will say this however, if the Albury police can’t put a stop to this spate of vandalism despite having names and addresses of suspects AND the reliable testimony of a credible witness (and his parents) I think we can reasonably assume they aren’t going to under any circumstances.