The Most Humble Dictator In History
My father always said that he had less of a problem with Libyan dictator, Muammar al-Gaddafi than others because, in spite of his immense power, he never promoted himself to General. He has, and always will be, Colonel G (or K, or Q, depending upon the day of the week and the newspaper you read).
Ever since that fateful day that former President Ronald Reagan ruined the good Colonel's night with a few well-placed bombs, Gaddafi has been slowly moving back into the good graces of the Western World. With his statements renouncing Libya's nascent A-Bomb programme, he ensured that Libya might actually move into the 21st century.
And then, this....
Four Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor are charged with intentionally infecting some 426 children with AIDS. They say that AIDS was present in the hospital before their arrival, and therefore, they should be excused from punishment.
That begs the question, however, that if AIDS was present, then why did the nurses and doctors act carelessly, allowing the virus to be spread? In other words, did the actions (reusing instruments, poor sanitation, and transfusions with tainted blood) of the health care workers promote the spread of the disease? If so, then it is entirely reasonable that these individuals be charged with a crime.
If this happened in America, the trial lawyers would have a field day, and they would be seeking a hell of a lot more than the 10 million euros demanded as compensation for each of the affected families.
Put another way, former Senator John Edwards would be drooling, itching to get to the jury, to channel the little children who have been infected, and who can not speak for themselves. Gloria Allred would be looking for links to the inherent racism that lets children of African descent suffer with substandard medical treatment. Johnnie Cochran is still dead, but considering a return from the grave if he can get a piece of this action.
The bottom line: if the actions of these doctors contributed in the slightest to the spread of AIDS to over 400 children, and the trial was fairly conducted, in the light of day, and a jury found them guilty, then perhaps we should not meddle in Libya's affairs. After all, if they spoke up about our legal system, we would tell them, none to politely, to go and fuck themselves.