“Associated Press, Atlanta, Georgia, March 15, 2013: Officials with the Cairo Foundation will neither confirm nor deny reports concerning the disappearance of founder David Cairo and several associates during the recent uprising in the Congo. Sources report contact was lost on Saturday when rebels overran the compound the Foundation was using. Among those missing are operations chief Angelica McIntosh and evangelist “Mother” Avis Collins, identified as a special assistant to the Foundation. None of the rebel groups have claimed responsibility for the uprising, and none have said whether Cairo is in their custody. Government officials have stated they have located no survivors of the attack.
“The Foundation has released this statement: We are closely monitoring the situation and will update as facts become available. We ask that everyone keep our employees and volunteers in your thoughts and prayers.”
I come to bury Cairo, not to praise him. The evil that men do lives after them. The good is oft interred with their bones. Or so they say. Was Cairo a “good man”? It’s not up me to determine and, frankly, it’s not my job to care. I just chronicle.
If you’re looking for answers, look elsewhere. I can’t solve for you the puzzle that is or was David Cairo. All I can do is provide the pieces I have and let you assemble them for yourself.
I had a lot of great quotes to choose from to start this story:
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.Matthew 16:26-27 (KJV)
Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority…Lord Acton
Sometimes the fool gets lucky and wins.Scandal
In the end, there was only one that summed it all up. We’re done here. You may now proceed.