Where is the anger?

“The man who is angry at the right things and with the right people, and, further, as he ought, when he ought, and as long as he ought, is praised.” – Aristotle

Anger is a much-maligned emotion, often cited as a negative quality in a personality and listed as an undesirable trait. But there are times when anger is not only righteous, but also very much required. Malta in 2021 is one such example. We now know, beyond any reasonable doubt, that for the past eight years, Malta has been governed by a contemptible gang of corrupt criminal thugs, murderers, incompetents, thieves and enablers.

This has been clear to many people for a long time, but after Thursday’s court sitting, there can’t be anyone left who doesn’t see it. The extent of the depravity of this government can no longer be denied or downplayed. And as more and more detail emerges of what the people entrusted to run the country have been doing, covering up or ignoring, the only appropriate, right and imperative response is anger.

And not only from opponents of the administration. Anyone forming part of this government but not directly involved in the corruption, sleaze and murder should be standing up and roaring their fury at the criminals destroying the reputation of their political party and their country.

If there are any members of Cabinet who didn’t participate in the crimes committed by their colleagues, why are they cowering in the shadows instead of showing themselves incandescent with rage at what’s happened? Why are we not seeing white-hot fury from backbench MPs? From PL supporters who feel hoodwinked into having supported an organised crime network whose tentacles have reached into every single institution, every single authority, in the country?

The sheer hideousness of the evidence around the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia is devastating. Traumatising, for the whole country. And yet, we’ve seen no statements of anger or outrage from any of the PL MPs so far not implicated in the murder or the corruption she was exposing.

Marlene Farrugia in 2015 and Godfrey Farrugia in 2017 did what any honest, principled MP would do when faced with evidence of criminality in their Party. They stood up and walked out. But since then, all we’ve seen from PL politicians is cringing, spineless wailing about ‘Kitchen Cabinets’, hidden hands and concealed agreements.

Despite the tsunami of evidence of criminality, we have not seen a single other PL MP stand up and refuse to be a part of this corrupt and murderous administration. We have seen none of the anger that we might have expected from “innocents” who may have been deceived into supporting crooks.

Self-confessed killer Vince Muscat claimed in court that at least one Labour politician, Chris Cardona, was involved in the plot to murder Caruana Galizia, as well as Cardona’s associate David Gatt. His testimony also implicated disgraced Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s chief of staff, Keith Schembri, and bolstered the claim by middleman Melvin Theuma that high-ranking policemen were relaying information about the timing of raids and arrests to the hitmen.

While many of us have been convinced of this for years, Muscat’s evidence makes it impossible for even the blindest, most naïve naysayers to continue to deny it. Indeed, anyone with a smidgen of intelligence will not only have to accept this truth but will also have to acknowledge that the entire Labour government must now come into the frame.

The court reports read like something out of a horror film set in a dystopian future, a frightening, inhuman world peopled by monstrous beings that look human but have none of the qualities that make us human, no conscience, no compassion, no soul: the embodiment of what we used to call pure evil.

But there’s no other way to describe the men who undertook to murder Caruana Galizia. Reading the assassin’s descriptions of the preparations to kill her and the casual nonchalance about the possibility of randomly slaughtering anyone who might have been with her would make any human being’s blood run cold.

And there’s no other way to describe those who hatched the plot to murder Malta’s most prominent journalist in order to cover up their crimes against an entire nation, and indeed, those who may not have been directly involved, but who compromised themselves by continuing to support their obviously guilty, corrupt colleagues.

They might whine and whimper that they didn’t know what was going on, but if this were true, where is their anger? Where is their fury? All we’ve seen from them is self-pity and excuses. Men, and women, who feel and express anger at the right things, in the right way, are to be praised, Aristotle concluded, almost two and a half thousand years ago. A criminal becoming angry at a journalist for exposing his crimes and expressing that anger by murdering the journalist is wrong; an ethical person standing up and expressing anger at the murder by demanding the criminal is punished is right.

And yet, still they remain silent. Still, we see no anger from any of them. Thursday’s testimony helped confirm that our deepest, darkest suspicions about this criminal government were correct. It helped lay out in the cold, clear light of day how taking that unthinkable step of ending another person’s life literally means giving up your own soul in exchange. “Kill her, even if she’s with others,” read one headline.

For many of us, each fresh revelation, each new horrific detail, emphasises and justifies the righteousness of our anger. But equally, the astonishing absence of wrath, or outrage, from the PL ranks, from government ministers and MPs to party officials and supporters, helps more than anything to confirm the monstrous reality of life under a Maltese Labour government.

                           
                               
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mick
mick
1 month ago

Monsters Louts and Philistines would be a more appropriate title For this. Mafia cabal. We need a bigger prison that’s for sure

Joseph
Joseph
1 month ago

Their silence is deafening, pleading ignorance and following orders. I doubt very much there’s another Godfrey or Marlene left in their ranks now. Of course there’s always the likely possibility that each one of them is as corrupt as the others and they fear being booted off the gravy train!

Travis
Travis
1 month ago

The issue is deeper than feeling mere anger, although it’s 100% correct. Malta, as a culture, does not wire in accountability, shame and guilt into the central nervous system of its children. Instead, Maltese culture is a vast theatrical stage showcasing amorality, cowardice, and criminality. Maltese children model this trashy behavior of the corrupt adults that make up the majority of Maltese society. This is cultural and it will take years to eradicate, if ever. There are two Malta’s, the amoral familist, sleazy, corrupt, criminal Malta, which is wired into the consciousness of the vast majority, and a small percentage of people who have been touched by the values of Western civilization. This war of values, basic decency against an ocean of sleaze is the existential condition of life in the mafia state.

John
John
1 month ago
Reply to  Travis

This is it quite frankly. This is why there isn’t the anger. Those who are complicit feel no remorse, whilst those not complicit stay silent so as not to ruin any future chance of some ill gotten gains. Every day that passes I feel more and more isolated, or as my young son said, living in Malta is as close as it gets to living in prison.

Henry s Pace
Henry s Pace
1 month ago

Each and everyone in this scandalous killing are all involved unless they stand up to be counted for the real truth.

Henry s Pace
Henry s Pace
1 month ago

Silence is complicity.

Winston Smith
Winston Smith
1 month ago

The author asks why? The best analogy l can think of is Jenga the game. Government MPs can’t criticise or implicate individuals without expecting the whole structure to come tumbling down on themselves. As for the people, you have one cohort I call, the sick, feeding off the sick and another in a state of learnt helplessness, convinced that nothing can change. Finally, their are those who criticise and protest, who are continuously disheartened and ridiculed by a society that figuratively and literally rewards criminals.

Godfrey Leone Ganado
Godfrey Leone Ganado
1 month ago

Excellent article, reflecting the thoughts, concerns, deep anger, and even evil natural but contained desire for a curse on all those implicitly or explicitly involved, filtering down to their generations.
The detailed and rehearsed demonic assassination plot, with reserve plans, exposed by il-Kohhu, is frightening, and points clearly to the impossibility that Joseph Muscat and Keith Schembri were not the master designers/instigators, urged on by Chris Cardona who had already financially assassinated Daphne Caruana Galizia and would not stop at anything more sinister, and Glen Bedingfield who masterminded and executed the demonisation media campaign together with other cabinet members/backbenchers including the self declared champion of women.
As you rightly highlight, it has become baffling that backbencher MP’s, Political Party leaders and supposedly reasonable party members and sympathisers, have given up criticising publicly the wrongdoings of their Party and leaders, even if this attitude may lead to the annihilation of their own party.
It is however not surprising, given that political prostitution has become desirable and rampant.
We do however have to also blame the majority of voters, who vote for their preferred representatives through their arse, and with the ‘prostitute’ mentality, rather than with their brains and the objective of the common good, based on sound moral values.

Malcolm Vella
Malcolm Vella
1 month ago

I beg to differ on your last sentence Godfrey. For voters to use their brains, the objective of common good, based on sound moral values one needs to have them in the first place. We are born to believe we are true Roman catholics by building 365 churches on a rock the size of 316 squared km (in case you wanted to visit a different one every single day of the year) We swear profusely like no other nation on the planet but god forbid you decide not to baptize your newborn or insist on not sending them to ‘Dutrina’ Amoral familism is not simply an adjective to describe. It is our true religion. We should remove all the crosses we adorn every classroom with and simply write AF in bold caps.

Salvu Felice-Pace
Salvu Felice-Pace
1 month ago
Reply to  Malcolm Vella

The adage goes that there’s nothing new under the sun. Malta had people disappearing, others murdered in brutal fashion, the Times of Malta building was set on fire with people in it, the family of the leader of the opposition beaten up……and hardly anyone appeared in court. At times the police joined in and disturbed legal political gatherings and even shooting as peaceful men and women.Those were the years under the Labour Party governments led by Dom Mintoff and Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici in the 70s and 80s. The only decent leader Labour had was the inept Alfred Sant. Joseph Muscat condemned those years as the worst ever, but he was only posturing as he used more subtle ways to create the most corrupt government ever. And Labour parlamentarians always bowed down and voted in unison not to rock the boat and put themselves and their political ambitions first. And it still goes on today. And their misguided loyalty was rewarded aplenty, some of them became Presidents of our Republic, yes, including the present one, others represented us in Europe for years, others occupy positions at the University, the Central Bank …the list is endless. Don’t expect anything to change under Labour. The know no better, once they taste power. And Robert Abela was elected with a pledge of continuity and there you have it.

MALCOLM VELLA
MALCOLM VELLA
1 month ago

I happened to be there during those times in Zejtun and in Rabat and of course I agree totally with what you are saying. However the problem is much deeper than Labour in and of itself. We are intrinsically corrupt as a nation whether we like it or not. Just for the record, for all the revelations we have had not today, but each and every single day from 3 weeks after these inept lot were elected with stories ranging from corruption, to gagging of people speaking out against them to murder yet Joseph Muscat is still the country’s idol. The Labour party are an essential part of the problem, the biggest one is its people.

Carmel Gatt
Carmel Gatt
1 month ago

If Malta were a normal country people would have clogged the streets in protesting against the mafia gang which have poisoned our country. Killings corruption money laundering and corrupted institutions. But they have turned the people into a gaggle of headless chickens cowering and whining.

MA Caruana
MA Caruana
1 month ago

Anger is in small pockets wthin a large forest. A bizarre forest. Seeds sown by PLPN over many years. Education system for zombies. Propoganda by political party stations. Institutions run by ‘persons of trust’. Corruption. Impunity and much more.

pierre schembri-wismayer
pierre schembri-wismayer
1 month ago

Spineless or Dirty …… only choices!!!!!

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