This is a film by Tim Hetherington, the photojournalist who was killed yesterday in Libya. This film is his personal statement on being immersed in violence and trying to make some sense of it through the lens of journalism.
Egor Zhgun presents a cartoon news report on the revolutions rocking the Middle East. Some of these revolutions, though coming from noble intentions, are failing miserably. Egypt has rid itself of a dictator only to be taken over by a barbaric military that conducts organized rape and torture of men and women who seek to engage in any further protests. Egypt is now a military dictatorship. It is sheer stupidity to believe otherwise. I won’t go visit the pyramids any time soon because I don’t want to be raped by Egyptian soldiers.
Great Britain, the most anti-terrorism and surveillance-oriented nation in the world, has released from prison the mass-murderer terrorist, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, who carried out the bombing of the Pan Am passenger jet over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988 which killed 270 people. It would appear that the decision to release one of the worst terrorists in history was made by Scottish Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill. Apparently, the terrorist is suffering from terminal prostate cancer and the authorities in Great Britain saw fit to release him on ‘compassionate’ grounds. Compassion. Great Britain feels compelled to alleviate the suffering of a man who bombed 270 men women and children out of the skies over Scotland. One of those children actually grew up next door to my former wife.
This absolute debacle has the potential to collapse the current government in Great Britain because worldwide outrage is so extreme. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is refusing to openly criticize the decision to release made by Scotland’s semi-autonomous justice system. In fact, there are increasing reports that the release is due to trade agreements between Great Britain and Libya. The released terrorist was given a hero’s welcome in Libya, with the Scottish flag being waved as part of the revolting celebration. The nation of Libya employed the terrorists and directed the carrying out of the bombing in 1988. Libya’s leader, Colonel Gaddafi, actually thanked Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the Queen of England, saying:
To my friends in Scotland, the Scottish National Party, and Scottish prime minister, and the foreign secretary, I praise their courage for having proved their independence in decision making despite the unacceptable and unreasonable measures that they faced. Nevertheless they took this courageously right and humanitarian decision.
And I say to my friend Brown, the Prime Minister of Britain, his Government, the Queen of Britain, Elizabeth, and Prince Andrew, who all contributed to encouraging the Scottish government to take this historic and courageous decision, despite the obstacles.
In Great Britain you are on security video surveillance almost everywhere you go. There are more closed circuit television cameras watching the population there than anywhere else on earth. The police are hyper-vigilant about anyone so much as lifting a camera in a train station. Civil liberties are under constant assault in the name of security. But when a convicted mass-murderer and international terrorist gets prostate cancer he is apparently free to return home to his terrorist boss and have a parade in honor of his accomplishments as a terrorist.
I think the faster the leadership in Great Britain is asked to leave, the better.