A civil nation of laws

January 11, 2011 at 10:14 pm Leave a comment

On the violent political rhetoric, I read a quote today that sums it very concisely:

“A civil nation of laws cannot have prominent members of society constantly calling for the murder and assassination of other individuals or groups.”

I’d say that this is fairly accurate.  If this rhetoric came from mainstrem voices on the left, those voices would no longer be “prominent members of society”, they would be ostracised by mainstream liberals (and reduced back to “normal” members of society).  The quote above is from Julian Assange.  Here is a snippet of a statement from today:

 The WikiLeaks founder said that although his organization is a devoted advocate of free speech, “when senior politicians and attention-seeking media commentators call for specific individuals or groups of people to be killed, they should be charged with incitement — to murder.”

He added, “Those who call for an act of murder deserve as significant share of the guilt as those raising a gun to pull the trigger.”

The statement listed several high-profile U.S. figures who have called for Assange and his supporters to be attacked, killed or executed. It noted that Sarah Palin has said the U.S. should pursue Assange as if he was an al-Qaida or Taliban leader, while Fox News commentator Bob Beckel has publicly called for people to “illegally shoot the son of a bitch [Assange].”

The 39-year-old Australian said his organization had now implemented “extreme security measures” to protect its staff and called on U.S. authorities to “protect the rule of law by aggressively investigating these and similar incitements to kill. A civil nation of laws cannot have prominent members of society constantly calling for the murder and assassination of other individuals or groups.”

http://www.aolnews.com/2011/01/11/julian-assange-violent-rhetoric-will-spark-more-shooting-spre/

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