The Libyan Supreme Court’s upholding Wednesday of death sentences for six foreign medics accused of deliberately infecting Libyan children with HIV has caused dismay among European Union officials. Justice and security commissioner Franco Frattini described the ruling as “unacceptable.”
This is murder, pure and simple and the EU knows it.
Evidence proved the HIV these children had is a strain which was present in Libya before the nurses’ arrival in that benighted country. And though the story doesn’t mention the blood money price for freeing them, obviously no one could or would come up with the ten million dollars per child which Gaddafi set as the price of freedom.
Lest anyone doubt, though, how civilized and peaceful they are, the EU Justice Commissioner wants us to know how upset he is:
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“My reaction is wholly negative. I believe the death penalty is unacceptable in any circumstances, but in this specific case I hope that the decision would go differently,” Frattini added.
Meanwhile, EU parliament president Hans-Gert Poettering had his part to play, saying he was —
…greatly disturbed by the ruling. “This news, which is distressing for everybody, especially of course for the nurses and the doctor, but in particular for their friends and relatives…I would like to send them our solidarity and support at this difficult moment…
We reiterate our fundamental opposition to the death penalty, which is against human dignity…
Their friends and relative are “in particular” more distressed than those facing execution? What planet does this man live on?
I’m sure Gaddafi will take their “fundamental opposition to the death penalty” into consideration. However, what would move him even more is a landing of troops on the shores of Tripoli.
Oh. I forgot. The EU doesn’t believe in force, either. Instead, the Empire of Eunuchs United will probably send official observers to the execution, ones who are specifically trained in professional hand-wringing.
In the EU, there is nothing worth dying for.