Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Liberal Legacy

At least two liberal South Africans have embedded themselves in the Brit and US judiciaries. They carry the proud banner of the South African liberals who fought apartheid. Unfortunately their liberal legacy is a South Africa which is more dangerous place than Iraq in the middle of its "insurgency".

Lord Hoffman


Lord Hoffman is one of the 9 members of the Brit equivalent of the Supreme Court. He hails from Cape Town. He served as unpaid director of Amnesty International between 1990 and at least 2000. His wife Gillian was an administrative assistant in Amnesty's London office in the 21 years up to 2000.

After he and his fellow judges ruled that Pinochet be extradited from the UK, he stated:

"I had no involvement whatsoever in Amnesty International's campaigning work on the Pinochet case".

After ruling to release 9 known terrorists onto the streets of the UK last year, he

"The real threat to the life of the nation, in the sense of a people living in accordance with its tradition, comes not from terrorism but from laws such as theseā€.

He's using the equal treatment trick so beloved of US judicial despots - see previous post. Brit law forbids the locking up of its citizens without trial. He considered that it would be discriminatory not to extend the same rights to foreign terrorists.

Margaret Marshall


Margaret Marshall is Chief Justice of the Mass Supreme Court. Born, raised and educated in South Africa, she moved to the US in 1968. She's a left wing feminist, married to the Anthony Lewis of the New York Times who some regard as a bigoted anti-semite. She's an admitted Republican-hater.

The legacy these folks and their fellows have left South Africa is relevant, because they are now in positions to repeat the act in the UK and US.

In South Africa, about 65 people are murdered every day (46 Million people, murder rate 0.51 per thousand) For comparison, Iraq with half the population and in the middle of a Syrian/Iranian attack is losing about 20 people every day (my estimate).

I'm betting that both countries will turn round the situations they're in. And that they'll do it without a liberal judiciary.