With over 230 posts on the last blog, I think the case for Goncalo Amaral has been made. No matter how much mud is thrown at him it is all canceled out by his own words and actions. He published his side of the story and has defended his right to tell his story for over a decade. He was David .v. Goliath, he was up against, not only the British establishment but also the British media. Against all odds and with very limited resources he won.
And he won again on here, albeit vicariously, via those of us not prepared to believe all the vicious rumours put out about him by those who claim to support the parents. You have lost the battle if you have to belittle your opponent in order to make yourself look good. Every onlooker can see that. The more GA has been demonised, the more he has been elevated in the public’s opinion. The GoFundMe for his legal expenses was proof of that. It even included a large donation from ‘the Met’.
Realistically, the enemy of the McCanns should be the monster who stole their daughter, not the detective who searched for her. How can they not hate that monster with every breath in their bodies, he is the one hurt their child and wrecked their lives. Where is their rage against him, where is their determination to track him down? Where is the support for Operation Grange, their best hope of getting closure on their nightmare.
The ‘pros’ have as little faith in Operation Grange as the more anarchic section of the ‘antis’ (including Pat Brown?), once again their erm, aims coincide. I’m not suggesting Pat Brown is an undercover agent btw, just a little single minded in some areas. I think John Blacksmith and I are the only ones keeping the faith and quietly cheering OG on from the sidelines. We are probably both wizened enough to know that corruption on the scale suggested by the anti OG’s (a new sub-division) simply isn’t possible in a democratic society. Our laws are chocka block full of checks and balances. And the media (the Fifth Estate?) fill in the gaps. Mostly. When they fall down, writers like myself and JB step up.
I don’t believe the McCanns are protected by anyone other than their own, very small, barmy army. Now, probably less than a handful, who gamely plough on, on Twitter and on here. All they have proved is how thorough unpleasant they are. Ultimately, they have lost the social media battle. People are no longer flocking to their website or facebook page. They have no presence on twitter other than a few deranged odd bods who think they are ‘hard’ cases. They are not winning friends and influencing people.
Their war against online trolls was less successful than their war against Goncalo Amaral. It resulted in tragedy and another tidal wave of bad publicity for Gerry and Kate. It didn't stop the online discussion, it increased it.
Who knows if those who post here are the last remaining hardcore McCann supporters or the McCanns themselves. It is hard to imagine anyone other than Gerry and Kate hating Goncalo Amaral as much as these posters do. There needs to be some personal affiliation to feel that passionate. Blood ties perhaps. Whatever the driving force may be, it is not healthy, it's not logical, it's not sane and it's not nice.