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Here is a thought for Sunday.

 

Robert Fisk: Lessons in humanity from a Libyan family

 

 

"It's an ill wind, etc. Today my thoughts are not with the Gaddafi family but with Bassam and Saniya al-Ghossain, whose daughter Raafat was killed in Libya on 15 April 1986.

 

She was the victim of President Reagan's insane air raids on Tripoli – in revenge for the killing of an American serviceman in Berlin, by a bomb planted by one of Gaddafi's lunatics. I was present at her funeral in Libya and have got to know her parents very well over the years since then. They are among my best friends in Beirut. I had lunch with them yesterday. And do you know what Saniya said about Gaddafi's violent demise? "I am against these things. I am against all murder and killing."


By Robert Fisk of the Independent Newspaper

 http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/fisk/robert-fisk-lessons-in-humanity-from-a-libyan-family-a-tale-of-dickens-from-cairo-ndash-and-the-wrong-shark-2374304.html

Salisbury Cathedral

Here is a thought for Sunday.

 

Robert Fisk: Lessons in humanity from a Libyan family

 

 

"It's an ill wind, etc. Today my thoughts are not with the Gaddafi family but with Bassam and Saniya al-Ghossain, whose daughter Raafat was killed in Libya on 15 April 1986.

 

She was the victim of President Reagan's insane air raids on Tripoli – in revenge for the killing of an American serviceman in Berlin, by a bomb planted by one of Gaddafi's lunatics. I was present at her funeral in Libya and have got to know her parents very well over the years since then. They are among my best friends in Beirut. I had lunch with them yesterday. And do you know what Saniya said about Gaddafi's violent demise? "I am against these things. I am against all murder and killing."


By Robert Fisk of the Independent Newspaper

 http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/fisk/robert-fisk-lessons-in-humanity-from-a-libyan-family-a-tale-of-dickens-from-cairo-ndash-and-the-wrong-shark-2374304.html

comments (9)

Wonderful pictures Bill, and a very moving comment.
Bill Phillips: Robert Fisk is a very fine journalist.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 23 Oct 2011, 04:32
A compelling narrative, Bill.

Fine montage, too, and I am particularly impressed by the perspective you engineered with that fine shot of the gal in black striding purposefully towards the Emporium where it is rumoured there is an 80% discount clearance sale of ladies garments...the ample buttocks look to be flexed in anticipation of the imminent fracas.
Bill Phillips: She was about 8 ft tall
A wonderful collage and a fitting comment for a Sunday.
Bill Phillips: Thank you Elizabeth
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 23 Oct 2011, 07:42
I like the collage - there so so much to be observed and discovered - I wished I could see the whole cathedral ensemble on picture nr. 1, but I assume this were impossible considering the greatness of this gorgeous chathedral.
The lesson is very thoughtful and moving!
I can understand the pleasure of the Libyan folk about Gaddafi's death, but it had been better he were captivated alive to get just punishment now. I found terrible the photos of the hurted and killed/dead Gaddafi some newspapers did show on their first page soem days ago. (In my opinion even Gaddafi deserved the dignity not to shown in this way as dead person).
Bill Phillips: I didn't get a decent picture of the outside, partly because the light was poor. I agree with your comments
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Oct 2011, 11:19
You will be getting a slot on radio four next Bill. I shall avoid the politics and concentrate on the photos. I think the shot of the lectern is superb. Have you tried it in B&W, although the colours do look nice and rich and the blue helps the recession from the warmth of the foreground? If it will withstand enlarging I think you should post full size.
Bill Phillips: Make a change from Lionel blue smile It isn't totally sharp but i will put a full size b&w on facebook
Yes Philine is right about the death of Gaddafi. It is understandable that euphoria over took the final events of his life. But some pre-thinking and advice might have been valuable to control such actions. A democratic state has to uphold the rights of an individual (however evil he has been) to a proper trial. But perhaps 40 years of dictatorship control has limited or obscured a real understanding of democratic forces and methods for the Libyan freedom fighters.
Bill Phillips: I think there are a lot of politicians in the West who are quite relieved Gaddafi will never be brought before a court
What a great collage Bill, there are some excellent photos in there. Re the notes I also felt that the end, while not entirely unwarranted bearing in mind his reign, came down to mob-rule mentality taking over, as it appeared to do with his son at the same time.
Bill Phillips: Few will mourn his passing, and i suspect a number of Western politicians will be relieved he doesn't get brought before a court. I find the video clips distasteful to say the least
Nice assembly of shots, Bill.
Bill Phillips: Thank you kindly sirsmile
Love the shot with the girl.

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