Monday, August 08, 2005

Treason Doth Never Prosper

The Brits become warlike when their sense of fairness is outraged - as it has been in the case of 7/7 by deadbeats who lived off welfare and slaughtered their fellow citizens. The government is passing new laws to criminalize Islamofascist incitement, scheduling their deportations, and considering prosecuting them for Treason, the only crime still punishable by hanging. The US should consider the same approach - it would have a sobering effect on US home-grown terror-apologists at CAIR.

Only in Britain could an Islamic cleric preaching Jihad be prosecuted under a law so old it is still written in Norman French.

The Treason Act of 1351 has been updated on various occasions over the years, but still provides four categories of treasonable offense, including "if a man do levy war against our lord the King in his realm, or be adherent to the King’s enemies in his realm, giving to them aid and comfort in the realm, or elsewhere, and thereof be probably attainted of open deed by the people of their condition".

The last man in Britain to be executed for treason was William Joyce, an Irish-American who moved to Germany in 1939 and, after becoming a naturalised German, broadcast pro-Nazi propaganda to Britain. His mistake was to have travelled to Germany on a British passport, even though it was fraudulently obtained. Joyce, better known as Lord Haw Haw, was hanged at Wandsworth Prison on January 3, 1946.

Four hundred years ago, the punishment for treason was a slow and very cruel death. Guy Fawkes, the Roman Catholic conspirator who tried to blow up Parliament and James I in 1605, was probably Britain's most famous traitor. He and his co-conspirators were hanged, drawn and quartered on January 31, 1606.

That should get their attention.