“A parody of Western liberal guilt”
BBC journalist Paul Moss describes being held up at knife-point on his first day in Ecuador:
A policeman appeared out of nowhere, brandishing a pistol that looked big enough to blow an Ecuadorean jaguar in half. And he aimed it squarely at the head of the knife-wielder."a parody of Western liberal guilt" - that’s a pretty good description of the BBC mindset, Mr Moss. I must remember to use that one in future.
Now I was really stressed. I thought of all the stories I had heard about police death squads, and prepared to see Ecuadorean thief-brains splattered on the pavement.
Absurd to say, I was overwhelmed by what feels now in retrospect like a parody of Western liberal guilt.
My assailant was no longer a potential murderer. This poor man was probably only stealing my money to feed his starving family.
Now he would become just another statistic in the harsh reality of South America's war on crime. And it was all because of my presence in his country.