Re Aug. 5 letter, “Why grieve for an African lion? Because life is life and injustice must not stand,” by Tom Smigel.
I agree with Mr. Smigel, that acting and speaking out against injustice is the correct reaction in every instance.
I feel confident that the defense team for Dr. Walter Palmer will be pleased to learn that Mr. Smigel has diagnosed Dr. Palmer as a psychopath. I am sure he has the credentials to back up this claim. Further, I am sure that Mr. Smigel has taken the time and effort to explore how hunting permits are obtained in Zimbabwe, with such a respectable government in charge there.
The hunting permits, $55,000 each for lion killing, is paid to the very corrupt government of Zimbabwe to allow for hunting of lions in order to prevent them from over populating while the local human population is starved. Zimbabwe used to be the No. 2 exporter of food to Africa until the dictator, President Robert Mugabe, took over the country. Today, they rely on food aid from all governments of the world.
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I assume that Palmer went through one of the many travel agents to obtain the proper permits, and for an agreed upon fee, he was guaranteed he would bag a lion.
Yes, Palmer is in a lot of trouble. But I feel confident that with the U.S. Department of (In)Justice in Washington, it will be some time before they get around to investigating a lion killing. They are busy examining every police station in the U.S. It would seem that they do not have the time to investigate the Hillary Clinton emails and the Planned Parenthood issues, so it will take some time - unless President Obama decides to get involved.
The Leader of Zimbabwe, Mr. Mugabe, would appear to be the kind of dictator Obama likes. His crimes against humanity makes Saddam Hussein look like a saint in comparison.
As for Palmer, before his infamous trip, I would have suggested a different approach, but you know hindsight is 20/20.
Dr. Palmer should have applied to Planned Parenthood to obtain the hunting permit. They seem to have no problem killing life, and they could have disposed of the remains of what Palmer did not want to keep. Further, he should have given a donation to the Clinton Global Initiative to assist with this permit and travel arrangements. Alas, he did not do that.
My advice to him now is to obtain the services of a couple of high power public relations experts. I would suggest he hire Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Rev. Al Sharpton. They seem to have the knack for making a case that completely ignores such things as truth and fact.
Sharpton should be able to give him a discount on his services since the good reverend doesn't appear to be paying federal taxes on his income, but I could be wrong.
But you know how advice is; it’s worth what you pay for it, and mine is free.
I hope this letter lives up to Mr. Smigel's standard for speaking out against injustice.
The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.