Hegel said that history is a slaughterhouse because of the blood, sweat and tears. Gibbon, adding on this, noted that history is a series of human crimes and follies and misfortunes. What stands out about history, is that its inextricably interwoven with scars and bruises and wounds and hurts and heartache and sorrow,and grief, and betrayal.
The following people have betrayed others, one way or the other. What stands out, is their illogical, nay funny defense of their betrayal.
- Richard Nixon
On November 17, 1973, President Richard Nixon infamously denied any involvement in the Watergate scandal with his now timeless defense, “I am not a crook.”
- Bill Clinton
With the words “I did not have sexual relations with that woman,”(Monica Lewinsky) President Clinton didn’t just dig himself a hole, he stole a backhoe, dug a really deep hole, drove the backhoe into the hole, wired the backhoe with explosives and blew it up. Strenuously denying his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky at a January press conference, Clinton was later impeached by the House of Representatives for lying about the matter under oath.
3. Judas Iscariot
One of the 12 apostles, Judas betrayed Jesus after the Last Supper in the garden of Gethsemane, where he identified the “heretic” proclaiming himself to be the son of God to an armed band by kissing him. It was the kiss of death for Jesus of Nazareth, but for the Christian faith, the crucifixion and the subsequent resurrection became the central tenets of a faith that has spread across the globe.
- Marcus Brutus
One of the most well-known cries of dismay over a betrayal is Julius Caesar’s “Et tu, Brute?” uttered when Brutus, a Roman senator, joined a plot to oust Caesar from power. But Brutus’ betrayal was fueled by complicated concerns for the Roman republic. A beloved friend of Caesar, Brutus opposed the ascension of any single man to the position of dictator, and he feared his dear friend aspired to such power. Brutus’ inflexible sense of honor made it easy for Caesar’s enemies to manipulate him into believing that Caesar had to be killed for the republic to survive. The “noblest of Romans” ultimately betrayed his friend because he loved the republic more.
5. Anne Waiguru
Ms. Anne Waiguru says of Josephine Irungu – “I haven’t met that woman.” Yet, Josephine was Ms. Waiguru’s hair-dresser for many years and later turned business partner/proxy and they shared millions
6. Philip Tunoi
When the Justice was accused by Geoffrey Kiplagat of receiving us $2m, he denied having met Geoffrey, only to later turn out that the two share the same village.
- Daniel Arap Moi
President Moi was a master strategist and conniving. He managed to persuade then Democratic Party Secretary General John Keen to decamp to KANU, and succeeded. It is reported Keen was promised a cabinet slot. However, as soon as he had ditched DP, Moi made an about turn and when asked about his promise, he answered: “Hata wakati mwanaume anatongoza mwanamke, anamwambi mambo mingi, Lakini akisha fika kwa boma, baas.”