The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.
~ Shakespeare, “Henry VI” (Part II)
Desperate times calls for desperate measures. We as Americans may not always understand or agree with such tactics, but leaders must seize the moment (carpe diem).
On Saturday Nov. 3, President Gen. Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan declared a state of emergency on state TV just before a crucial Supreme Court decision was to be handed down that could overturn his recent election victory. Musharraf’s draconian action is one step away from declaring martial law, which Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has stated recently America cannot tolerate.
The Bush administration, contrary to the reactionary liberal media, has been cautious in its official pronouncements. They realize that President Musharraf, as the leader of a 97 percent Muslim country that has between 48-60 nuclear weapons, cannot jeopardize those lethal weapons falling into the hands of some fanatical Muslim clerics, which is exactly what would happen absent Musharraf’s recent necessary and draconian response to stem the tide of anarchy raging throughout Pakistan.
In the face of weeks of rising political chaos and Islamic militant violence, what would a prudent American or European leader do to quell such mayhem and to bring his country under the rule of law? That’s right – shut down the Supreme Court and arrest several thousand political dissidents including hundreds of lawyers.
Perhaps Musharraf, unlike our untutored leaders here in America, has read something more substantive that the New York Times, Vanity Fair or the National Enquirer. Musharraf has taken a page from Shakespeare’s “Henry VI” and has not killed all the lawyers, but has arrested a couple hundred of them. Why? Because the Supreme Court and their willing minions, the Pakistani bar, has time and time again undermined the rule of law in Pakistan and thus frustrated Musharraf’s ability to effectively rule his nation.
But Ellis, don’t Musharraf’s actions amount to totalitarianism? That is overstated, but I will agree that Pakistan’s road to democracy has taken a brief detour, that previous constitutional orders have lead to the suspension of some basic rights of citizens and that judges will probably have to take a new oath of office. However, Musharraf’s actions have precedent here in America:
- In 1861, at the eve of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln suspended habeas corpus, allowing him to imprison at will hundreds of his political enemies (including politicians and journalists). Was Lincoln right? As a black man whose forefathers were mired in the wicked institution of slavery, I think I can speak for the tens of millions of my fellow black Americans who enjoy the privilege of freedom today that truly Lincoln did the moral thing. (Note, I didn’t say legal).
- In 1942, FDR, in preparation to wage war against Japan over the bombing of Pearl Harbor and imminent war with Hitler and Germany in Europe, first had the wisdom to protect America’s flank. He built dozens of internment camps throughout the country. These were not like the “concentration camps” Hitler used to torment and kill millions of Jews, but holding areas to house members of the ethnic groups we were fighting abroad – primarily Japanese, Italians and Germans.
- In 1794, President George Washington used federal military force to quell rowdy Philadelphians (the Whiskey Rebellion). In 1798 and 1800, Adams used the Alien and Sedition Acts to punish his political enemies. In 1803, Jefferson’s land grab (the Louisiana Purchase) more than doubled the size of America. Theodore Roosevelt invaded Colombia in 1903 to create a new nation (Panama) so that he could create a southern waterway (the Panama Canal) to ship goods to the West Coast and Europe, etc.
What has this little brief history lesson to do with lawyers and IEDs, the subject of this column? Washington Post Columnist David Ignatius in a June 10, 2007, article titled, “Improvised Explosive Defeat?” stated the following shocking facts about America’s politically correct war being fought in Iraq:
The insurgents who kill our young soldiers are ruthless, but we have sometimes been cautious in our response. Take the question of targeting bomb makers: There may be an unlimited supply of explosives in Iraq, but there is not an unlimited supply of people who know how to wire the detonators. In 2004, CIA operatives in Iraq believed that they had identified the signatures of 11 bomb makers. They proposed a diabolical – but potentially effective – sabotage program that would have flooded Iraq with booby-trapped detonators designed to explode in the bomb makers’ hands. But the CIA general counsel’s office said no. The lawyers claimed that the agency lacked authority for such an operation, one source recalled.
There are technologies that would allow us to detonate every roadside bomb in Iraq by heating the wires in the detonators to the point that they triggered an explosion. But these systems could severely harm civilians nearby, so we’re not using them, either.
If this narrative is true, there should immediately be a nationwide populist movement organized to impeach President George W. Bush (and I say this as a Republican). Why? If it can be definitively shown that any U.S. president using his vast wartime powers is not giving our brave American soldiers every available technology and strategy to utterly kill the enemy (Islamic insurgents) before they kill us, that, in my opinion, is an impeachable offense.
Once again the damn liberal lawyers (this time at the CIA) are directing the war. Dear readers, could you imagine FDR (no conservative by any measure) consulting with lawyers before authorizing Gen. Dwight Eisenhower to launch his D-Day invasion against the Nazis on the French coast of Normandy? Or President Lincoln (a fabulous lawyer in his own right) consulting with a bunch of hackneyed, self-important lawyers before the Battle of Antietam, Gettysburg, Fredericksburg, Manassas? If he did, I guarantee you that his face would not be enshrined on Mt. Rushmore for the ages, and my people would still be mired in the bondage of slavery.
For President Bush to allow a bunch of faceless CIA attorney bureaucrats in any way to dictate to him, the constitutional commander in chief of all U.S. military forces, is a slap in the face of every red-blooded American that loves this country and who venerates the Constitution.
Despite the journalistic malpractice of the liberal media on this most important issue, thank God for WorldNetDaily founder Joseph Farah for giving a voice to critical stories like this one. Otherwise, the blood of our brave men and women fighting in Iraq and in other battlefields across the world would be shed in vain.
Dear reader, allow me to coin a phrase combining a quote from Shakespeare’s “Henry VI” and the public policy of FDR whenever America finds itself at war: “The first thing we do, let’s shred the bar cards of all the lawyers.”
Happy Veterans Day!
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