On Nov. 28, 2002, 2-year-old Abigail Rae died by drowning in a village pond in England. Her death is currently stirring debate because the ongoing inquest revealed an explosive fact. A man passing by was afraid to guide the lost child to safety because he feared being labeled “a pervert.”
… Peachey’s fears have precedence on this side of the Atlantic. Last summer, an Illinois man lost an appeal on his conviction as a sex offender for grabbing the arm of a 14-year-old girl. She had stepped directly in front of his car, causing him to swerve in order to avoid hitting her.
“As someone who lived under communism for most of his life, I feel obliged to say that I see the biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity now in ambitious environmentalism, not in communism. This ideology wants to replace the free and spontaneous evolution of mankind by a sort of central (now global) planning.”
[Jimmi] Carter said Hamas, besides winning a fair and democratic mandate that should have entitled it to lead the Palestinian government, had proven itself to be far more organized in its political and military showdowns with the Fatah movement of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
Far from encouraging Hamas’s move into parliamentary politics, Carter said the US and Israel, with European Union acquiescence, has sought to subvert the outcome by shunning Hamas and helping Abbas to keep the reins of political and military power.
“That action was criminal,” he said in a news conference after his speech.
The political philosophy behind Carter’s statement is that “democracy” is sacred, regardless of the ideology of those in power. I wonder, would Carter have called the Allies “criminals” if they had refused to deal with Hilter when he seized power? The similarities between the NSDAP and Hamas are eerie:
- Lack of economic development due by statism and totalitarianism was blamed on:
- An external political entity (Israel, the Allies)
- “Die Juden sind unser Unglück!”- the Jews
- “Arbeit macht frei”- A demand for total self-sacrifice to achieve “spiritual” freedom.
- “Sicher ist der Jude auch ein Mann, aber der Floh ist auch ein Tier..” – dehumanization of the enemy.
- “Heute Deutschland, morgen die Welt!” – aspirations of establishing a global dictatorship
- The major opposition parties (Hamas and Fatah; the NSDAP, SPD, and Communists) shared the same basic philosophy, with the victory belonging to the one which observed its principles most consistently.
- Electoral victory was quickly followed by brutal suppression of the opposition parties.
While Carter has obviously learned nothing from the mistakes of his predecessors, the Jews are not as defenseless this time around. The only culture the Palestinians are likely to annihilate this time around is their own.
More evidence Lord Acton was right:
Monica Emmerson was detained for 45 minutes. She wasn’t questioned about possible ties to terrorists. Her carry-on items weren’t rigorously searched — or even searched again. Neither the police nor TSA took any action that indicated that they throught she might be a security risk. She was just detained, harassed and threatened with arrest. All because of a sippy cup with water in it. (Update: the TSA posted a video of the incident.)
Mom, Elisa Kelly, and her ex-husband, George Robinson, are paying the price for hosting Ryan’s 16th birthday party — more than two years in jail each. Ryan had asked his mother to buy his friends some beer and wine, as long as they all spent the night.
“No one left the party,” said Kelly, 42, who collected car keys that night almost five years ago to prevent anyone from leaving. “No one was hurt. No one drove anywhere. I really don’t think I deserve to go to jail for this long.”
19 high school students face 4 years in jail for placing alarm clocks in classroom as a senior prank: They wanted to participate in a fun, creative senior prank. They never intended to end up with police dogs searching their school, 19 students arrested on felony charges and dozens more slapped with community service requirements.