Tuesday, September 07, 2010

No one of us is as dumb as all of us

I love this line, “No one of us is as dumb as all of us.” I often say it to myself when reading about mob rule, violence and unjustified vengeance. Like the Salem Witch Trials, the burning of witch children in Africa, or the burning of a Crocodile Education Sanctuary in Belize.

Most of it vanished Sunday morning, when a throng of angry villagers from a settlement about 10 miles (16 km) away torched the buildings on their property. The villagers had been told by a local psychic that the Americans had fed the two missing children to the 17 crocodiles at the sanctuary, police say.

A psychic.

"They have their own superstitions," deputy police commissioner James Magdaleno said about the Maya, who make up about 10 percent of Belize's population. "Because of their beliefs, they decided to take the law into their own hands."

No arrests have been made, I doubt there plans to arrest anybody, even the psychic who incited the mob to riot. Don’t worry, it’s was ok because they were acting on their faith.

Cherie and Vince Rose plan to stay and rebuild. You can donate to their cause at their website, or email cherie@americancrocodilesanctuary.org for more information.

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