It is awful to see this readership, including even Doug Quixote, suggest that Assange’s ‘narcissism’, ‘petulance’, egocentricity’, ‘hubris’ and ‘intellectual arrogance’ comprise good reasons for seeing him tortured and killed.
This shows that Murdochism has prevailed everywhere. People must be punished, Murdochism decrees, not for crimes but for sins, foibles and bad manners, punished with ruin, public shaming and death. Thomson, Slipper, McLeay, Firth, Brogden, Buswell, Campbell, Rann, Rudd, Bartlett, Kernot, Evans are on this list. None of them committed a crime. Each was accused of lewd language, lewd thought, adultery, drugs or groping. Each was threatened with ruin. A few survived.
In Assange’s case an unproveable crime, ‘sex by surprise’, is alleged by a woman who in her own text-message said she was not asleep but ‘half-asleep’ and he may get six years for it and be beaten to death in gaol, or extradited to Guantanamo and tortured there as Bradley Manning is being lately tortured. And because he is a ‘narcissist’ this is okay with Doug Quixote. Would he have approved the torture of another narcissist, Michael Jackson, for his offenses against children? Of course he wouldn’t. Would he approve the public shaming of another adulterer, Edward De Vere, and his execution for his treasonous drama Richard II and its use in Essex’s failed coup? Of course he wouldn’t.
But Doug has copped the whole Murdoch line — character flaw merits capital punishment — hook, line and sinker. Assange is a narcissist, and a bad friend, and so must die.
Oh, what a noble mind was here o’erthrown.
And it’s a pity.