So, why didn't Goncalo turn the other cheek? There is difference between proactively seeking revenge and defending your reputation. Goncalo Amaral defended himself against the smears and allegations by presenting his side of the story in a factual, well written book. Those following the abduction story were presented with 'both' sides, and could form whatever opinions they wanted. However, in the twilight hate filled world of Team McCann, they demand that only their version of Madeleine's disappearance should be in the public domain, any other must be silenced with calls for imprisonment for those who do not comply. Not believing the McCanns is officially abusive.
For the McCanns and their maniacal followers, Goncalo is the Leader of the antis. All rubbish of course, he keeps a sane arm's length between himself and the likes of Bennett et all. Nevertheless, his evil, malevolent nature seeps through all those who support him they claim, we must be twisted, mentally unstable and degenerate lowlives because we fail to see what they see.
What they spectacularly fail to see is the many ways in which they are projecting their own very scary inner turmoil. The hatred and pichforking comes from them, in fact one of their claims to fame may be the addition of the word 'hater' to the internet lexicon. They started it!
Whilst the anti side may have more than its' fair share of obsessive stalkers and weirdos, the majority are rational, lucid, ordinary people who simply won't accept the old baloney they are being sold. Even if the Brenda Leyland publicity stunt had been successful, and several of us were now imprisoned, it still wouldn't convince the public that the McCanns were genuine. In fact, the result would have been the opposite, there would have been a collective cry of 'WTF!'
That's the problem with maniacal hatred, it causes the loss of all reason and common sense. How many of us know people who are eaten alive by the problems they are having with their neighbours, their work colleagues, basically whoever they currently blame for the misery that is their lives. It's not an endearing trait, and any friends left will be near the end of their patience.
I actually went through 5 years of litigation when I took the Catholic Church to Court for the abuse I suffered in their care. I was determined to confront those who had so badly abused the power they had over the vulnerable children in their care. But I was wrong. Five years with a court case hanging over your head is an experience I would not wish on my worst enemy. It is not a life, it is a living hell, it takes over your every waking moment and pushes you to the edge of insanity. I was right, dead right, as I sped along, but it was killing me just as if I were wrong.
Kate and Gerry have had years of libel, all instigated and driven by them, and all of which must be costing them an arm and a leg. They, and indeed everyone around them is waiting for it to be all over, so they can begin living their lives. They are of course still waiting. Still paying lawyers, still using their leisure time to plan ways in which to destroy their arch nemesis and still convinced that a 'win' will make them happy. 'What's for dinner mum?' 'Do it yourself sweetcheeks, I've just found evidence Goncalo was caught having a fag behind the bike sheds aged 14. Got him!'.
And so it goes on. The whole point of the McCanns' libel actions against Goncalo Amaral, have long since been forgotten. If it was to prevent the truth of the Portuguese investigation from getting into the public domain, then that ship has long since sailed. With the release of the PJ files and video evidence of the EVRD dogs splashed all over the internet, the only one not allowed to discuss the case was the detective who investigated it! All the facts and details revealed in Goncalo's book have since been published in hundreds of different publications and by hundreds of individuals. The details of the Portuguese investigation have spread too wide and too far for them ever to be contained again.
There is nothing left now, but a matter of principle. Or a matter of spite. The chances of Kate and Gerry destroying Goncalo and having all their money troubles resolved by a win in the Supreme Court, are remote to nil. Such is karma, all the hatred they have espoused against Goncalo this past 9 years, has doubled back onto themselves. No-one understands their obsessive hatred of Goncalo, and fewer still want to be part of it. It has nothing to do with finding Madeleine and it has done nothing to clear their names.
For most people, police the world over especially, the idea of two former suspects suing the detective who investigated them, is abhorrent. How can police officers operate if their private homes and future earnings are at risk? Mr and Mrs McCann seem unaware that true crime is a popular and growing genre especially in high profile cases. If the ECHR deny Goncalo's right to have an opinion, then the same must apply to every police officer and detective throughout Europe. Criminals will be allowed to say whatever they wish about them, but they will be denied the right to reply.
Gerry and Kate may be qualified doctors and wooden actors, but they are not very bright if they are allowing their lawyers and advisors to persuade them they can win. I suspect however, that the will to win, comes not from their advisors, but from their own bloody minds. Their need to destroy Goncalo overrides every other area of their lives, they are prepared to sacrifice everything, rather than admit defeat.
If I were among their allies, I would be making arrangements to bail. The hatred that drives Gerry and Kate goes beyond reason and common sense. They have allowed it to dominate their lives and the lives of all those around them for way too long and scarily they will never stop.