Libya is not the Falklands and this ain’t the Eighties. Shame on you The Sun.

Have you seen this?

The Sun front page "That's For Lockerbie"

I’m disgusted that my people would behave this way. A supposedly civilised nation and we’re gloating and cheering over a man being murdered in the street? It’s fucking barbaric. Maybe the Libyans have got an excuse, a group of men and boys with heated blood and lifetimes of oppression, they couldn’t wait for justice and instead took immediate revenge for their own personal gratification. But that’s not justice and we, as a peaceful (on our own soil anyway), supposedly developed and democratic nation, should know better.

How is an undignified and bloody death vindication for bloody Lockerbie? Even if the imbeciles who prove that the Sun really does originate somewhere in the seat of their trousers feel that this is the appropriate culmination to Gaddafi’s regime, gloating over his death on the front page is frankly disgusting.

Every one of the red tops ran a similar leader, but The Sun surpassed them all in grotesque, childish malice. It wasn’t for Lockerbie anyway, it was for his violent, bloody oppression of his own people for the last four decades. I very much doubt your average Libyan could really give tuppence for a plane full of dead Americans, bombed before they were even born. Avenging a few dozen foreign lives in the face of their own loss and agony would be a gross misplacement of priorities, however significant the PanAm atrocity might still be in the West.

Today I have to say, I am ashamed of my countrymen. This is not the face of Britain I want to show to the world, especially the newly emerging Arab democracies. Can we not set a good example for fuck’s sake? We’ve had long enough to learn.

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It's all about film. Not movies. I also like to ramble on about popculture and very occasionally pass social commentary. One day I would like to have a job and rejoin society. The tools of my trade are pen, ink and an acerbic wit. Please beware of endemic sarcasm. View all posts by Solo

3 responses to “Libya is not the Falklands and this ain’t the Eighties. Shame on you The Sun.

  • asingleletter.wordpress.com

    Wow, that front-page is definitely a jaw-dropper. Imagine a Western newspaper plastering a picture of a bloodied Western leader on their front page?? As if that wasn’t surprising enough, there’s the (you couldn’t have said it better) vindictive and childish words. The Libyan revolution was to get rid of Gaddafi and get freedom. NATO’s involvement was for the same reason, not just as a retaliation for something that happened in the past. Gloating doesn’t seem like a good response, no matter who you are.

    http://thespectatorssport.wordpress.com/

  • Solo

    Exactly Ana. If the Greek leader was somehow killed in the protests, I can’t imagine his battered body being printed on the front page. If someone assasinated Gerry Adams would they run with the headline “That’s for Bloody Sunday”? I’d hope not, but white westerners are really treated so imhumanely in our own press anyway.

    I just read this too: http://krishakops.wordpress.com/2011/10/22/gaddafis-death-a-realpolitik-solution/
    Which draws parallels with the American reaction to Osama bin Ladens death, which I was equally disgusted by and relieved that the British people hadn’t acted so appallingly. Now we’ve let ourselves down.

    It might be worth noting though, that when I took the picture above, The Sun was the only paper which hadn’t sold out- so at least the Waitrose clientele might object to their tone.

  • tashach

    I actually had to tell my dad to turn the news off because I was tired of watching the videos over and over again. Grotesque is one of many words I can think of to describe it. :s

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