Alistair’s “Random Rambles” (23)
By Kathy Martin…
Written July 2014
There has been a report that a murder suspect has committed suicide in Lefkoşa police headquarters by falling down a stairwell. As the murder victim was a policeman, the question quivering on many cynics’ lips is: “did he fall, or was he pushed?
Without implying any similarities, Steve Biko also “committed suicide” while being interrogated by BOSS in 1977 in a police headquarters building.
The location was Pretoria, South Africa. BOSS was the Bureau of State Security, rather like Britain’s MI6 BOSS was responsible for the nation’s internal security and operated outside “normal” law, including habeas corpus.
Steve Biko was a political activist in the ANC (Africa National Congress). According to the press release, during “routine” questioning, Steve calmly rose from his seat, went to the window, which he opened, and travelled 15 meters. Unfortunately as the window was on the fourth floor, the distance was a rapid vertical descent! Obviously, this topic has not been mentioned over recent years, but when the report was published, none of my circle of friends (including the pro-apartheid ones) believed the “suicide” story!
While I was leafing through a book the other day, I chanced upon a picture of the mythological she-wolf suckling the twin boys Romulus and Remus. Having only remembered (I was told when I was probably 5 years old) that the Italian capital city, Rome, is named after Romulus I wondered why it wasn’t called Reme!
The answer is “as old as the hills”, certainly as old as the “Cain and Abel” story in the Bible, sibling rivalry! Both brothers wanted to found a city, but Remus wanted it to be on the Aventine hill, while Romulus favoured the Palatine hill.
To ensure that his plan was the accepted one, Romulus simply killed Remus, resulting (in mythology) that Rome was founded on the Palatine hill! As demonstrated in history, Rome became a powerful city, but Romulus wasn’t allowed to live out his natural life. After many years in power he became too autocratic and power-crazy and was killed by his underlings.
Does this mental condition of megalomania remind you of other figures, Idi Amin, Hitler, Napoleon?…….. Continue reading