There's something wrong with the world today... - Grin with cat attached
|There's something wrong with the world today...||Jun. 25th, 2006 04:37 pm|
really colossally, terrifyingly and absurdly wrong. A thought that struck me with discomforting force as we stood in the heart of London, in front of the embassy of the nation that considers itself (and used to be widely considered) the world's guardian of liberty, and protested against their use of secret, extra-judicial kidnap, torture and indefinite internment without trial (and therefore, it seems, evidence), and our government's direct complicity therein. Against their insane, tabloid-driven attacks on human rights and the judiciary. Against the quasi-aryan vilification of refugees and asylum seekers. All in front of armed members of our own police force, patrolling behind the barricades.|
What the hell century is this? How in the name of anything that might be considered sane or sacred have we got back to a situation where this is happening, where such protest has any ground to occur?
I feel a strange combination of anger, regret and confusion. I've no idea if my presence did any good, or who recorded my face there. Realising as I gave them paper airplanes that the kids there had had their father stolen by the CIA. This should be too incredible for fiction, but this is today's Britain.
Afterwards I got the chance to speak very briefly to Baroness Ludford, who had spoken boldly there, but now seemed almost exhausted by her work.
Update: Oh gods, look who hasn't had his face in the paper recently enough :/