Tuesday, October 4, 2011
al-Awlaki, Knox and Schaivo
Well, the killing of al-Awlaki has been superseded by the release of Ms Knox and boyfriend. Which, I rush to note, neither thrills or bothers me. I paid scant attention to the case so I make no claim of insight. I’m just happy to accept the verdict of the court and note that the wheels ground fine and three years or so, slowly.
One of the things though that I do note is that in Italy, apparently an Appeals court can look at old and new evidence. Hey, that works for me. But in our system the Appeals process can examine legal issues, but not evidentiary issues. They cannot retry the case, which is what happened in Italy. What I find amazing about this that so many on the Left thought the Italian process wonderful in the case of Ms Knox but didn’t think it should be done during the appeals process in the Schaivo affair.
Goose… Gander, but I digress.
Speaking of the Left, many have moaned that we killed the poor man without trying to capture him. I wonder do they actually believe we didn’t try to capture him? I think we were trying to capture him for years before Obama said capture or kill.
And then we have the issues raised that condemn us for not respecting other countries borders. Does this mean they have seen the light and are for closing ours and deporting all illegal immigrants who have not respected ours? Somehow I think not.
Catch a clue, people. We are now starting to face the ultimate question, is the Constitution a document that can be used against us by letting our enemies do what they want? Or shall we, in some cases, ignore it and kill?
"Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them." - Karl Popper
“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves.” - William Pitt
"Logic. There is little logic among the cultural elite, maybe because there is little omnipresent fear of job losses or the absence of money, and so arises a rather comfortable margin to indulge in nonsense." - Victor Davis Hanson