Thursday, February 08, 2007

Travesty: The Trial of Slobodan Milosevic and the Corruption of International Justice
Samer al-Batal writes: The introduction to the new book that carries that title.
The destruction of lawfulness, especially if carried out in the name of morality, is a matter of the greatest concern to all of those who are interested in that precious jewel of Western civilisation, the rule of law. For, as Charles Stuart said as he was led to the gallows, ‘If power without law may make laws, I do not know what subject he is in England that can be sure of his life or any thing that he calls his own.’ The subsequent dictatorship of Oliver Cromwell proved him right. In our own day, the ‘war on terror’ has shown how an aggressive stance in foreign policy leads quickly to an attack on civil liberties at home.
Samer: Have been lately reading a book on the kings of England and Scotland. I have just finished with the civil war between Stephen and Matilda, I now have a clearer picture of the historical backdrop in the Cadfael mysteries, though considering both contenders could claim descent — though one of them only through the maternal line — to William the Conqueror, I still fail to see the Saxon/Norman divide that the series implied was represented in this contest for rule.

From LRC.

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