You may remember Madeleine McCann, the four year old who went missing while on a family holiday in Portugal three years ago.
It’s painful for me to imagine what she may have gone through and may even be going through. And I didn’t even know her. What it must be doing to the parents and family of little Madeleine is unthinkable.
Perhaps in an attempt to revive the search for Madeleine three years later, the McCanns gave a recent interview expressing hope, quoting their twins.
Dad Gerry, 42, said: “It’s important they know we’re devoting a lot of time to Madeleine. They talk about rescuing her and getting swords to get the man who’s got her. They’re amazing.”
No need for an honest debate so far.
Not until I ask to give the same voice and encouragement to a Palestinian dad expressing his devotion and quoting his little boy’s fantasy to ‘get a sword’ and set off to rescue his sister or mother picked up by the Israelis.
That’s different the westerners will say. Well of course it is. The Palestinians never go on holiday.
Muhammad Ahmad Abdallah Salih (also known as Mohammed al-Hanashi), a Yemeni prisoner at Guantánamo, has died, apparently by committing suicide.
Anyone else wondering whether his family will ever gét justice?
For those still hopeful of what US and western democracies have to offer, please spare some time and investigate what Islam has to say about the treatment of prisoners of war. If you get that far, please let me know what treatment you prefer of POWs – the Islamic one that dates back centuries or the current secular one made up as we go along.
Look forward to hearing from you.
In our world governments and politicians think twice before acknowledging any wrong-doing. I can’t help but be sceptical about any justice for the Palestinians resulting from these revelations, but once again, I desperately ask the democracy pundits who keep insisting that the rest of the world needs to follow their model to show me a practical and just way where they can use their democratic processes to bring the Israeli government to account.
‘An Israeli military college has printed soldiers’ accounts of the killing of civilians and vandalism during recent operations in Gaza.
One account tells of a sniper killing a mother and children at close range whom troops had told to leave their home. In another cited case, a commander ordered troops to kill an elderly woman walking on a road, even though she was easily identifiable and clearly not a threat.
The soldiers’ testimonies also reportedly told of an unusually high intervention by military and non-military rabbis, who circulated pamphlets describing the war in religious terminology.
“All the articles had one clear message,” one soldier said. “We are the people of Israel, we arrived in the country almost by miracle, now we need to fight to uproot the gentiles who interfere with re-conquering the Holy Land.”’ (taken from the BBC).
Will Barak Obama go against his financiers and members of his administration and demand an independent enquiry, or consider imposing sanctions on Israel until the truth be discovered?
Will the Labour Party Members in the UK go against the wishes of the Labour Friends of Israel and demand justice or investigation?
Will David Cameron, the opposition leader that keeps the democratic government in check, go against the wishes of the Conservative Friends of Israel and demand the Labour Party takes action against Israel?
Will the Obama administration or any other western government that supported Israel’s actions ‘in defending itself’ provide compensation and accept responsibility for ‘aiding and abetting or encouraging’ the Israeli actions?
Will American citizens who stood by their Zionist brethren now consider this to be Semitic fundamentalism and a belief of the sword?
Or will the western politicians accept the bias of self-interest as the foundation of their democratic values?