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Monday, July 18, 2005

Feminists betrayed by O'Connor and The Prescription on Stopping terror

2 mentions:

1. Heather McDonald wrote an essay in National Review entitled "Girl Problems" on feminism's anger toward Justice O'Connor for failing to advance women's issues in every one of her decisions. This is what I have been saying about the incorrect perception of what the Supreme Court is designed to do. They do not address public policy or societal wrongs. That is for the legislature and the people to decide. If not, McDonald comments on my question: What is the need of a Constitution if justices can jegislate from the bench?

This dismissal of legal thought mocks our constitutional framework. If emotion and group identity are the main drivers in every branch of government, having a constitution is pointless, since it will never constrain political will. The Founders believed otherwise, and drafted a Constitution in the conviction that it would set enforceable limits on government power.

2. In Frontpage, the interview with Michael Radu contained the following on terror and how to try to stop it:

a) Stop being politically correct and define the enemy clearly - it is Islamism. If established Muslim groups persist in opposing common sense measures to counter terrorism, make it clear that that amounts to indirect support for it, never mind the declared intentions.

b) Completely reform the asylum and immigration policies;

c) Either legalize indefinite internment for non-citizen radicals, or extradite them. If that requires changes in the EU human rights legislation or UK rejection of it, so be it.

d) Criminalize recruiting and indoctrination of radicals by UK residents.

e) Learn from the French - yes, from the French...They have learned from the wave of Islamic terror in France in the mid-1990s. For instance, imams coming to France now must speak French; the process of training them in France has began; imams preaching anti-Semitism or the murder of "infidels" are often expelled….expeditiously; at government instigation, a French Council of the Muslim Religion (Conseil français du culte musulman - CFCM) has been established, institutionalizing the dialogue with the authorities; mosques, whether legal or illegal, are under permanent surveillance; suspected terrorists are detained for longer periods, and the simple intention to join or have association with terrorists is a crime.

Yes, I included a pro-French comment with limited blogging access. There may be hope for them.

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