“Money and success don’t change people; they merely amplify what is already there.”
— Will Smith.
The Guardian reports:
Separatist rebels in the Indonesian region of Papua have released a chilling video that appears to show them holding guns to the head of a captive pilot.
Philip Mark Mehrtens, a 37-year-old from New Zealand, will be executed if the demands of the rebels are not met in two months, the rebels said.
Mehrtens has been held by the group for the past 10 months after he was kidnapped in February by West Papua Liberation Army (TPNPB) fighters.
I know these savages very well I’m afraid.
I know what they do.
Seven months in Papua in the 80s… I tried to help them change their ways; to civilize them I suppose.
I preached the glory of the Western world and taught them how to think for themselves.
I showed them how to achieve marvels.
I did not fail; they did.
Mehrtens is already dead.