August 08, 2007

Murat search reveals nothing (again)

Follow-up to Clutching at Straws? Robert Murrat's home is searched again from Bartleby

Iraqi childIt wouldn’t entirely surprise me if I glanced at a ‘red top’ newspaper this time next month to see that Robert Murat has once again been questioned and his house searched by police in connection to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, only for absolutely nothing to be found just a few days later. Neither would it surprise me if the media uncritically dragged Mr. McCann and anyone he might have ever been friends with or done business with, through the foulest of mud.

We should remember that Murat was fingered on the basis of nothing more than the prejudiced suspicion of a self-seeking predator – a tabloid journalist. As far as I am aware, there is absolutely nothing to link Murat, or anyone his knows, with the offense other than the smug comments of a Sun(?) journalist who couldn’t in any way substantiate her suspicions beyond Murat being a not very masculine looking single bloke living with his mother.

That Murat’s investigation started on such a weak lead, or that the police found absolutely nothing on either him or his associate, didn’t stop the gutter press from labeling him and everyone who ever met him a paedophile and / or a registered sex offender. As far as I am aware, no one seems to have thought it fit to apologise for what perhaps began as an honest mistake in the course of an investigation but would seem to have degenerated into an obscene comedy of errors in what is almost certain to become a ‘cold case’ if it is not already such.

Madeleine McCann’s disappearance is both a mystery and a tragedy. However, what is sickening is how a significant portion of the British public have been getting a parasitic emotional kick from the whole affair in much the same way as they did with the death of Dianna ten years ago. If people really gave a shit about other people, they would have been up in arms about the kidnap of the British mixed race toddler in Nigeria, or demanding that Britain open its arms to widowed mothers and their young children from Iraq and Afghanistan – they aren’t, instead preferring to bolt the doors and leave thousands of little girls and boys to die or be orphaned in civil wars and other conflicts, at least one of which is of British making.

The image to the above right is of a young girl in Iraq whose parents had just been mistakenly gunned down by young and trigger happy American soldiers.


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