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Something Sensational To Read On The Train

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I have often derided (with I might add some justification) the quality of news reporting, particularly on TV. I must say though, that I am full of admiration for the BBC journalist (whose name I’m afraid escapes me for the moment) who risked his life to enter Gaza last week. Clearly there were no safe havens in Gaza last week, and even if there had been Rafa would not have been one of them. I am immensely grateful that there are still people like this, who are prepared to put their own safety at risk in order to give the world an eye witness account of what is actually happening in these dreadful situations. The consequences of what has happened over the past 3 weeks will I am sure be felt for decades to come.

The official body count in Gaza is now 1,250, including 450 children, though I fear that many more bodies will be found when people return to their homes, or the rubble that is left of bombed out homes. I do not feel optimistic about a peace settlement.

Given the focus on Gaza, I did not hear about the assassination of the Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge at the time. However I just heard a report about it on the BBC World Service. He paid the heaviest of prices for daring to speak out. He actually prophesized his own death, in a manner which I found deeply eloquent, and moving.


The report on the World Service also included a brief interview with a Sri Lankan government spokesperson. It was pitifully predictable.

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Great, poignant post..I love reading your journal, yer so damn intelligent and articulate.


You're very kind! I like writing, but I don't get as much time to write as I would like.

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