Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Dante’s Inferno

Mural at the church of St Peter & St Paul , Chaldon , Surrey
depicting Heaven and Hell

Just when you think that things can't get any worse , after the recent court cases of Steve Wright and Levi Bellfield , we hear about the almost unimaginable stories coming from the Haut de la Garenne in Jersey . Tales of child abuse , murder , underground chambers , manacles on walls to 'restrain the children ' are being reported daily and I have no idea where the horrors might end . On one of the walls is scrawled ' I have been bad for years and years . ' There appear to be links with senior establishment figures on the island which echo similar previous cases and it has been suggested that individuals who were implicated in the Islington care scandal might well have had connections to the Haut de la Garenne .

This is vile , horrendous , despicable . I don't think there are any words in the English language to describe properly the true nature of what happened there . It makes Dante's Inferno look like a beach holiday in the Caribbean and I am not being flippant . The abuse of children is at the very deepest levels of the Ego's hatred . It is a direct attack on innocence and at the world and any sane human being feels repulsion for the individuals who perpetrated these crimes . I think they are guilty and yet there is a part of me that knows they are innocent . Whatever ,anybody does they remain innocent . Adolf Hitler , Pol Pot , Ian Brady , Myra Hindley , Charles Manson – they are all innocent . This innocence is at the core of all being and cannot be changed , however much we are repulsed by a person or their actions . I am not suggesting that these people should be on the streets to continue their mayhem but I know they are not guilty . I just don't understand why not.

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