International tribunals (Russell/Patrick)

Jose G. Perez jgperez at SPAMfreepcmail.com
Thu Dec 16 22:52:34 MST 1999



>>It's like with the death penalty.  When they want to get that going again,
they don't pick as their first victim some woman who killed an abusive
husband in self-defence, they pick some psychopath serial killer who cuts
off victims' heads and eats their flesh.  <<

Close...

    In the U.S. the Inaugural Execution (carried out the same week that
Jimmy Carter became president) was of one Gary Gilmore, a white man who
carried out a spree of mayhem a few days AFTER the Supreme Court
re-legalized the death penalty and as soon as he was caught demanded to be
executed, waiving all appeals.

José
-----Original Message-----
From: Philip L Ferguson <PLF13 at student.canterbury.ac.nz>
To: marxism at lists.panix.com <marxism at lists.panix.com>
Date: Thursday, December 16, 1999 4:13 PM
Subject: Re: International tribunals (Russell/Patrick)


>Russell writes:
>
>>It's the acceptance of what was done in the Pinochet case which
>>allows them to move onto the really important stuff like criminalising
>>radical opponents of imperialism.  They always set precedents for this
sort
>>of thing by starting on issues where few people are likely to question
them.
>
>This is a very important point.
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>It's like with the death penalty.  When they want to get that going again,
>they don't pick as their first victim some woman who killed an abusive
>husband in self-defence, they pick some psychopath serial killer who cuts
>off victims' heads and eats their flesh.  They use the death penalty
>against people who have committed the most repulsive crimes as a way of
>legitimising the death penalty - then they get round to frying people like
>young, mentally-retarded framed up black men (as Clinton did) or political
>opponents like Mumia (as they're currently trying to).
>
>That people on the left even entertain the idea that going along with
>imperialist 'justice' is OK, if the person on the receiving end is 'evil'
>enough, is a sorry comment on the state of much of the left.
>
>*Independent* politics, class politics, means rejecting the right of the
>ruling class - especially the imperialist ruling elites - to decide any of
>these issues.
>
>Philip Ferguson
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