Hell no, we don't want Gbagbo

Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, 2007

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Just when I thought we had smartly avoided the obligation to provide political asylum to Libya’s disgraced leader, it appears that our government, ever eager to make an impact in the League of Despots, have offered South Africa as a preferred exile destination to Laurent Gbagbo of the Ivory Coast.

I think we need to make it very clear that South Africa is a safe haven for criminals only. It is no coincidence that our own politicians are all in the process of transition to eminent villains. We can’t have ordinary tin pot dictators settling here, trying to muscle in on the action. We have standards, for crying out loud!

It would be better for Gbabgo to perish in the bunker that he has ensconced himself in. It would be fantastic for him to be forever remembered with the same veneration as Adolf Hitler.

Assuming he somehow weasels his way out the bunker, would Angola please be so kind…

Aurora Borealis vs The Star of Bethlehem

Thanks to a Facebook friend who provided the link, today I watched the most amazing video of the aurora borealis over Kirkenes and Pas National Park near the Russian border, by a really gifted photographer. Terje Sorgjerd used time-lapse photography to capture the stunning images you are about to see, in some very inhospitable conditions too.

This awesome display of lights is a natural phenomenon that occurs in the sky at the polar regions due to the collision of charged particles under the influence of the earth’s magnetic field.

After watching the video I got this strange notion that had the author’s of the bible known about this beautiful visual phenomenon, they would surely have opted to script Jesus being born under such an awe-inspiring light show. Instead we get a supposed divine entity being born under a very bright star, among billions of other very bright stars not visible to man.

Wouldn’t you rather have Jesus being born under something spectacular like the aurora borealis, than a common bright star?