Thursday, November 8, 2007

After all, Judge Dredd is English

Judge, jury, and executioner, all in one. That was Judge Dredd. Despite living in what is left of America, Dredd was created in England. And it seems that again the life is imiting fiction, with the reaction of the Police to the death of Jean Charles Menezes, a Brazilian immigrant who was mistaken for a terrorist and shot seven times despite the fact he had been followed since he left his flat.

The reaction of the police? Dismiss the issue, he was a cocaine addict and was behaving like a terrorist. Actually, no matter all the mistakes they made, all the ways they screwed it up, police chief, Ian Blair, said

And as if it was not enough, politicians jump to defend him claiming ""Al-Qaeda must be laughing at us while we busy ourselves pillorying the police who keep us safe.", as London's mayor did. No, Ken, Al Qaeda is damn happy that you are turning into paranoid people and destroying a part of what makes worthy living in a secular democracy: Make the government accountable for its acts.

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1 comment:

PhysicsVenezuela said...

Dead on target Guido!

It's appalling and depressing how the very people who claim to love and defend freedom for all of us are so willing to throw it out the window precisely when it should be defended with ruthless diligence.

Additionally, silly prejudices and lack of critical thinking mire our efforts to achieve a proper open society. Sometimes it's hard not to feel like Sisyphus.