“Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds; and until we know what has been or will be the peculiar combination of outward with inward facts, which constitute a man’s critical actions, it will be better not to think ourselves wise about his character.”
To many, George Eliot’s words will have a particular resonance as we watch the McCann drama unfold. I am glad to see so many comments on the previous blog, but I will not be swayed. I stick to my original conclusions; to quote the waitress in Thelma & Louise when asked who she thinks shot the man in the parking lot “neither of those two was the murdering kind”.
Of course I have no evidence. All I have is my own belief that I am a good enough judge of character and events to recognise a huge miscarriage of justice when I see it. If I believe that Kate and Gerry McCann murdered Maddy I may as well give up. If they are guilty then the world is a far worse place than I imagined.
I am happy to see them back home and hope that they will find some comfort in returning, albeit without their little girl. I can’t imagine what they will feel when they walk into her bedroom. But I am glad to see this latest debacle seems only to have made them stronger and brought them closer together as a family. Yet more evidence of their good character.
On a lighter note, here is a comment from Leonardo yesterday to his father as he got in the car.
“I love this car,” he said. “I love you daddy. I love Granny. I love everyone.”
What a splendid character he is.
Copyright: Helena Frith Powell 2007
But, if I remember correctly, one of those women, Thelma or Louise, shot the bloke in the carpark…
There is an old saying “If you want to figure out the intent of an action; look at the result” (paraphrasing) The result is: The McCanns have left Portugal. They have not given up on their search for their daughter; but they are now “out of the hair” of the Portugal police. The police probably did not initially investigate this incident perfectly. However, it is my understanding they had no previous experience with a situation of this manner – so no criticism intended. The McCanns — especially Kate McCann — were persistent in trying to find Madeleine. I can imagine Kate became quite a pest … I know I would be. So now, the focus has shifted and the hunter has become the hunted. We’ve seen this happen before. I still believe neither had anything to do with her disappearance.
Also, thank you Helena, for not taking down your Find Madeleine link. She has not yet been found … and that link is to not give up the search for her. No matter who might ultimately be found responsible.
You are to be commended for your efforts in keeping it in the public eye. The Mcanns need every friend they can find. to hear them jeered in Portugal is enougth to lose faith in human kind. How quickly people can turn. thank god they have returned and hopefully can take some wise council from their own and British Lawyers. the Portugese should take shame.
No one should find it difficult within their hearts to see the unbelievable torment of the Mcanns.