an excellent post at the top of a.shrugs main page, re: the release of a notorious al queda cleric on bail pending the outcome of his deportation proceedings, which apparently will stretch on until the end of civilization or the second coming of christ, or of the genuine jewish messiah, which ever comes first.
a wonderful post, full of the hostess's usual flair.
i urge you to read it. the article is "brits release bin laden's 'right hand' at 'center of al queda's activities in the uk'", and the link is: http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2008/06/brits-release-b.html
i posted this "comment," probably a little longer than a comment, but it is about a phenomena which has always intrigued me. the victims of revolution cannot bring themselves to punish their transgressors and murders: they have so lost any conviction, that they do not even possess the intellectual moral authority to either stop of punish those who are eating them while they live. cannibalism cannot be wrong, can it?
(my friends, those 25-40 hardy souls a day who read my blog, chide me for my punctuation, and say not a thing about the downfall of civilization. now, i find that odd. laughing.)
a student's fascination with 20th century revolution and totalitarianism led to a lifetime's interest, and i have ever been fascinated with a very strange thing about those goings on.
those regimes about to topple do not have the wherewithal to punish their attackers, though they know they are on the threshold of oblivion. and, they know who is going to deliver them to it.
for instance.--czarist russia sent many of the marxists & socialist who would destroy them into years of exile, for capital offenses including bombers and assassinations. they did not send them to the gallows, i suppose to prove they were not barbaric?
among those exiled, lenin who was shipped back into russian in a german military box car in order to foster further disorder after the czar was toppled, and trotsky, who wrote a sports column for a new york newspaper prior to the fall of the czar, though was his murderous ways had to do with sports is quite beyond me.
by way of further example.--adolph hitler received mere months in prison, during which he wrote mein kampf, sort of as a vacation lark, after he instigated, led and participated in a riot in which several policemen and brownshirt henchmen died in an exchange of gunfire.
it is not so much that "revolutionaries" depose regimes, it is just that the regimes get tired, and lie down to get out of the way, and someone rushes in to fill the power vacuum. nature and politics abhor vacuums.
as noted the other day, england just stopped being populated by englishmen and women, and nobody really knows when it happened.
milton freewater, oregon usa