Thursday, October 13, 2011

Back to School - III


Democracy and the Rule of Law


An Iranian American has been arrested for an alleged terrorist plot to whack the Saudi ambassador in the US outsourcing the deal to whom he thought was a member of the Mexican drug cartel. If true, he assumed that the lucrative drug dealing murderous cartel isn’t making enough money on the main business and needed to diversify.  The newspapers report it as an act of war (not the govt).  The government says “terrorist” attack on its soil.  Iran meanwhile says that the US is fed up with “Occupy Wall Street” protests and the sub-prime blowout and is looking to divert attention. It points out in turn, the deaths (assassinations) of its top nuclear scientists over the past few years by the Zionist conspiracy.
An American passport holding Al Qaeda terrorist got whacked in a drone attack in Yemen. The grand debate is whether he should have been read his Miranda warning before being droned.  Osama Bin Laden didn’t hold an American passport, so he has no human rights.  Both haven’t been “tried” in any formal sense.
Closer home three youth belonging to a right wing group physically assault an advocate of the Supreme Court – in his chambers, with the media watching. The spectrum of responses from “responsible” political parties includes “….but he shouldn’t have said that about Kashmir”.
Prasanna, a 12 year old boy in school, is contemplating life. The Indian cricket team has been hammered all summer in England and that’s off the list. IPL and the Champions League are over.  Its holiday season and the exams lurk (let’s just all pretend this is true for the time being).  Following a discussion with friends on Facebook  (forget the under 13 law or whatever, these control-freak adults) and arrives at some conclusions:
1.       Rules are made to support your point of view. Why?
a.       A “hit” in a foreign land can be a blow for global security or a terrorist act.
b.      Rights can be debated if you are on “my team”. To hell with the other guys
c.       To hell with the rules, if I don’t like you, I’ll beat you up. Its called an exercise of democratic rights and see….all those politicians support my point of view. And we can go and beat anyone up in the national capital and Supreme Court as part of this “exercise”.
2.       Don’t get caught
a.       The Saudi “hit” guy got caught. The issue of contemplating murder is not the debate,  but how to call it. You see, a drug cartel hit that kills 10 bystanders is not an act of terror or a school kid going beserk with a rifle in school.
b.      The “youth” in the Supreme Court lawlessness were seen and captured on camera. The issue is classifying this as plain and simple assault or a political statement.
All this went into his school project entitled – “Democracy and the Rule of Law – how it promotes an equitable society”. He flunked.  

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