Friday, June 09, 2006

“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.

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.
"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.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read the article to discover how the police are probably in league with the theives here.

Then you may realise like I did that he's right it is his fault. Had he been armed and put up a fight himself, or had he shown more sense than to walk around carrying valuables making him easy pickings for theives and scammers then these criminals would be discouraged.

As it is he has encouraged them both to continue to rob him and to future similar actions by his passivity; not only can he take the blame for this incident, but for any future ones as well.

If you go to Ecuador and are robbed, blame Paul Moss.

10:13 am  
Anonymous JuliaM said...

"..it was all because of my presence in his country."

You read it here first: BBC journalists cause crime!

3:12 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if the dozy cop had any social conscience at all, he would have shot the f***wit Beeb hack instead of the criminal.
next time let's hope he gets his priorities straight..."go ahead, miserable leftie jerk, make my day!" (boom).

5:12 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If he thinks like this about his own welfare, no doubt he'd sacrifice us all for a 'good' cause.

4:17 pm  

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