After their ordeal lasted over 8 years, the Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian GP have finally been freed. We all know what kind of person Gaddafi is, there's no need to dwell on the matter.
Yet, I've always had the feeling that the nurses -although totally innocent of the crimes they were accused of- had their share of responsibility in what they had to endure. In the sense that our acts and choices engage our responsibility.
When the nurses went to Lybia in 1998, it was ten years after the Lockerbie terrorist attack which was ultimately attributed to the Libyan secret services, e.g. to Kadhafi. Even if there are many doubts about the real responsibility of the carnage, it remains that the Libyan leader is a dictator whose record is undisputed. Particularly among the French who had to wage war against the libyan forces.
Hadn't the nurses never heard of Kadhafi and who he was and what he was up to when they decided to go to Libya to make more money? Didn't they have no qualms? You'll tell me they did it for the Libyan children. But isn't there enough to do in Bulgaria or neighbouring Romania for children?
Do you remember Les Fourberies de Scapin by Molière? Particularly this tirade by Géronte, Act II, scene 7: "What the devil was he doing in that galley?.
The teaching of Les Fourberies de Scapin should be made compulsory in Bulgaria!
On a side note, my American readers know how their country had to deal with Libya since its very first days. It's called the First barbary war. It is remembered in the second line of the Marines' hymn:
"From the halls of Montezuma
To the shore of Tripoli"...