How would one define barbarism? The utter and total loss of ones civilized humanity? I think the headline above says it all. Mohamed was a pirate. His cult was about growing and sustaining barbarity and piracy as a way of life with moral justification for it, as the people of his day typically did have a sense of decency and cooperation which he needed to remove. Now, once again, we see the fruits of that teaching. We had better screw our courage to the sticking place if we want to maintain any of the values that thousands of years of development and self sacrifice for a cooperative culture have given us.
By Peter Allen
Last updated at 12:11 PM on 20th October 2011
Kidnappers who killed a wheelchair-bound French woman by failing to give her medicine now want to sell her body back to her family, it emerged today.
The grotesque demand was received by government officials in Paris following 66-year-old Marie Dedieu’s tragic death in Somalia.
Her beachfront home on Manda Island, in Kenya, had been invaded by around 10 armed men who dragged her away on October 1.
Ms Dedieu, who had been knocked over by a car in the 1970s and later suffered from cancer, was meant to take pain-killing drugs every four hours, but the Somalian kidnappers had not allowed it.
And today France’s Defence Minister Gerard Longuet said: ‘To add the worst kind of insult to this horrendous act, they are trying to sell Marie Dedieu’s body back to her loved ones.
‘To abduct a woman of this age, who was disabled, then deny her medicine, let her die, and then make this demand is utterly horrendous. They are to despised.’
He said that agents from the DGSE, France’s elite overseas intelligence service, had been working in Africa and passed on the demand.
Ms Dedieu’s boyfriend, John Lepapa, 39, said after the kidnap: ‘My girlfriend pleaded with them and told them to take whatever they wanted from the house, including the money and to spare her life, but they would not listen.’
Ms Dedieu was one of the founders of France’s Women’s Liberation Movement (MLF) in the 1960s, and between 1971 and 1973 edited its magazine.
She had settled in the Lamu archipelago of Kenya 15 years ago, moving to the idyllic Manda Island around seven years ago.
She regularly returned to France for medical care and family visits, and kept a flat in Paris.
Ms Dedieu’s kidnapping came only three weeks after a similar gang killed a British man and kidnapped his wife.
British tourist Judith Tebbutt, 56, was on holiday with her husband David at the remote Kiwayu Safari Village resort in Kenya when armed men burst into their cottage on 11 September.
Mr Tebbutt was shot dead, while his wife was taken away in a speedboat, by Somali pirates.