Bloody People - A Right Royal Fiasco

Written by Birmingham UK Com

Prince Charles has put his Royal foot in it again. At a time so close torepparttar wedding, Prince Charles has providedrepparttar 105752 press with an ideal opportunity to rub its hands in glee atrepparttar 105753 comments he made at a photocall inrepparttar 105754 Swiss Mountains.

Prince Charles, William and Harry posed for a photocall without realising that microphones had been placed inrepparttar 105755 snow merely a few feet from where they sat. It was for this reason alone thatrepparttar 105756 comments were recorded with crystal clear clarity in what was supposed to have been a private conversation betweenrepparttar 105757 Prince and his two sons and which ended up being reported byrepparttar 105758 press as a disaster of his own making.

Reported as a Public Relations disaster, Clarence House officials were quick to point out that Prince Charles had not been pleased with paparazzi photographs takenrepparttar 105759 day before of William and his girlfriend Kate Middleton.

At one point Nicholas Witchell, reporter forrepparttar 105760 BBC, addressedrepparttar 105761 Royal group withrepparttar 105762 question "Eight days now torepparttar 105763 wedding, how are you, William and Harry feeling atrepparttar 105764 prospect of marriage?" Muttering under his breath Charles commented, "Bloody people, I can't bear that man, I mean he is so awful he really is". Unfortunately Prince Charles was unaware just how close and sensitiverepparttar 105765 microphones were.

Just what can we conclude from this incident? Is Prince Charles a pompous old stick inrepparttar 105766 mud? Should he have made such comments? Why such animosity towards Nicholas Witchell in particular?

To understand things a little better we need to look back intorepparttar 105767 past when Witchell upset Prince Charles with his coverage ofrepparttar 105768 deaths of Princes Margaret andrepparttar 105769 Queen Mother. This same reporter also reported incorrectly that Prince Harry may have taken cocaine. Prior to these incidents Witchell has a history of reporting onrepparttar 105770 Royal family that has not always been favourable and has caused some bad feelings between Prince Charles andrepparttar 105771 BBC. It has also been reported inrepparttar 105772 press that Nicholas Witchell is not popular with work colleagues and that there is something about him that causes people to dislike him.

So what can we conclude from this? A Royal Photocall such as this should have presentedrepparttar 105773 Prince positively and this event was an ideal opportunity forrepparttar 105774 Prince to woorepparttar 105775 general public and talk cheerfully about his forthcoming marriage and family. A famous person should know how to react in front ofrepparttar 105776 cameras and should expect to be hunted down and photographed by hordes of Paparazzi, shouldn't he? How did it all go so tragically wrong? Did it actually go wrong? Perhaps this wasrepparttar 105777 best thing that could have happened.

The True Power of Terrorism

Written by Virginia Bola, PsyD

Those of us hundreds of miles from ground zero sat glued to our television sets with horror and disbelief as two ofrepparttar tallest buildings inrepparttar 105751 world slowly disintegrated in a violence of dust and death.

Since that bright September morning in 2001, none of us have feltrepparttar 105752 same. Undergoing an unexpected and brutal national rape, we shuddered at our own vulnerability and defenselessness.

In grief, anger, and frustration, we gathered our tattered dignity around us and vowed repeatedly that it would never happen again. Next time, we would be ready, we would defend ourselves, we would regain our sense of power and invulnerability. We set out resolutely onrepparttar 105753 journey to make our world safe again.

Security was tightened at airports, border crossings, ports, bridges, and nuclear generating stations. Laws were passed to abridge civil liberties to better fight those out to hurtrepparttar 105754 United States. Action was implemented in Afghanistan to findrepparttar 105755 terrorist cells and overthrow their political supporters. The long-standing conventions of war prisoner treatment were abrogated inrepparttar 105756 name of national security. Iraq was invaded in a preemptive strike to limitrepparttar 105757 likelihood of future attacks on American soil.

Where hasrepparttar 105758 yearning for security led us?

We have becomerepparttar 105759 enemy. Inrepparttar 105760 hazy logic ofrepparttar 105761 Patriot Act or ethnic profiling at airports and borders, andrepparttar 105762 specious arguments supportingrepparttar 105763 treatment protocols at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, America has bought intorepparttar 105764 mindset of terrorism.

When individuals are kidnapped, psychologically or physically abused, threatened with pain, rape, torture, or death, they become terrified shells of their former selves. Often, they start to identify with their captors, their wills bent torepparttar 105765 twisted but all-powerful logic of their oppressors. The prisoner becomesrepparttar 105766 kapo and exhibits more brutality than his superiors. This isrepparttar 105767 true price of terrorism:repparttar 105768 response it elicits from its victims.

Since all of us are direct or indirect victims of 911, we all need to guard againstrepparttar 105769 mindset we have assumed. We must ask ourselves about our priorities. Is improved safety worthrepparttar 105770 price of voiding our civil rights? Isrepparttar 105771 defense against terror worthrepparttar 105772 abdication of our humanitarian and ethical ideals? Shall we descend torepparttar 105773 degradation and torture of our enemies in order to defend our "superior" way of life?

The United States has always, no matter how misguided or hated its temporary policies may have periodically been, stood as a beacon of freedom and fairness in a world too often enslaved and unjust. It is this beacon, this ideal, this dream that millions of American soldiers, through multiple wars over more than 200 years, have fought and died for. It is too precious to be obliterated by a suicide bomb or hijacked airplanes flying into buildings. It will flicker and die only whenrepparttar 105774 values it represents no longer exist.

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