Always look on the bright side of international arrest
It’s not the first thing you’d expect to hear from a woman who’s endured three weeks under arrest in Libya, but Melinda Taylor’s mother this morning said her “foodie” daughter had enjoyed the meals provided by her jailers.
Libyan delights like chipotle, olives and hummus might seem like a strange thing to be so front-of-mind when you’re stuck in the middle of a full-blown crisis, but at least Taylor was looking on the bright side of life.
It’s also a heartening, practical and sensible reaction to what’s been an incredible situation for the Australian lawyer and her family, and they should be commended for the way they’ve dealt with everything.
Melinda Taylor only expected to be in Libya for a week but has ended up playing a starring role in the first real diplomatic crisis faced by the country since its recent revolution.
It’s hard to imagine what the past three weeks have felt like for Melinda Taylor, but the reaction of her family back home in Brisbane has been inspiring in its calm, rational and practical approach to what has clearly been a very uncertain and anxious time.
Taylor’s mother Janelle told media over the weekend the family the family had “gone off alcohol” as a way to support their daughter. And since news of her release, have been at pains to convey their gratitude to Bob Carr and the Government for their efforts in bringing her to safety.
It’s a heartening and inspiring reaction that is frankly, a much needed example for other people in times of crisis, particularly an international situation that requires lengthy negotiations.
The Taylors have shown the importance of keeping out of the spotlight when unfortunately time, money, energy and emotion can be so easily wasted, no matter how good the intentions.
Fact is, you never know when a situation like this one could arise but as Taylor and her family have shown, by being as calm and reasonable as possible can make all the difference to the end result.
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