Self – preservation

…from the quill of Antisthenes

Killing is not nice. Agatha Christie, through the mouth of her fictional Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, used to say: “I do not approve of murder.” I agree. Yet…

Nicolae Ceaucescu and Saddam Hussein got their well deserved fate, which is perhaps awaiting the Castro brothers in Havana, Robert Mugabe in Harare, Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang, Hugo Chavez in Caracas and a few other (equally worthy) candidates. In any court of law, except perhaps a politically correct Californian one, the above-mentioned would be convicted of murder and possibly of numerous other serious crimes. Muammar Gaddafi, fitting amongst them perfectly, apparently did not get a proper, western style trial. He only got a predictable Islamic one. Definitely not nice and I do not approve. However, I feel that human rights advocates, hangers-on, self-styled activists and self-noters (Hilary Clinton springs to mind) now grandstand too much about that. We know that they usually only worry about infringements of human rights by what they perceive to be the right-wing governments or organisations so this is somewhat surprising. If they were really concerned about human rights, they would have to scream incessantly about, for example, the Chinese legal system. (I hope my readers are astute enough to know that an occasional peep about China is made purely in order to maintain some credibility in the eyes of gullible public.)

Life under the new regime in Libya is going to be different, but unlikely to be better than under Gaddafi’s system. The new rulers seem to have same murderous habits. Their leader for the time being, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, for years had faithfully served Gaddafi as his Justice Minister. He stated he intents to reform the Libyan legal system to conform with sharia law. Already the polygamy has been legalised with indecent haste, as if there were no more important matters. He hardly seems to be a likely person to be concerned with human rights.

I am suspicious of the clamour for investigations, commissions, international courts etc. by the usual left-minded suspects. I do not believe they are interested in a due process of law, as they profess. Could they be worried about their above-mentioned, still alive close friends, sometime financiers and most of the time ideological comrades? Perhaps even worried about themselves?

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About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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