In April 2007, President Ahmadinejad ordered the release of 15 British naval personnel
who had trespassed into Iranian waters; he did this as a “gift” to the British people. His reward was to be treated like a pariah when he was invited to speak
at Columbia University five months later. The British naval contingent – who as far as the Iranians were aware could have been spying or worse – were arrested without bloodshed, without incident.
Contrast this with the way Israel, a supposedly friendly power, boarded the Gaza Aid Flotilla and murdered nine of its passengers, including an American cititzen, to which the Great Satan acquiesced with hardly a whimper. Is it any wonder that so many of the crazies, and at times the not-so-crazies believe America is the junior partner and that Zionism really does control the world, or that the Mossad helped plan 9/11
Yesterday, Ahmadinejad did it again, releasing Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal
, who were almost certainly not
spies, but again, why should Iran believe that?
Iran is constantly being pilloried by Western nations for its alleged abuses of human rights; although the Iranians are Moslems rather than Christians, they are undoubtedly au fait
with that famous quote by the Great JC to let him who is without sin cast the first stone.
At the same time the President of Iran was announcing the imminent release of the hikers, the American criminal justice system was preparing to execute a man for a murder committed over twenty years ago. The Supreme Court refused to intervene, and for the fourth time, the request has been denied. Davis was convicted in 1991 for the 1989 murder of an off-duty police officer. As crowds gathered outside the Georgia prison where he was to die by lethal injection at 7pm, it was announced that the Supreme Court had halted the execution temporarily while it deliberates yet again. But it was not come to pass and Mr. Davis was executed tonight at 11:08 PM ET.
[Ernest Dempsey's report can be found here
Although there is a widespread belief that he is innocent, not just from the usual suspects, Davis is almost certainly guilty. The 2009 Eleventh Circuit decision can be found here
Among other things, the appellant courts are rightly suspicious of witnesses who recant, especially in capital cases. The question though should be not is Davis truly a victim of a mistaken identity, but is it right to execute a man twenty years after his conviction? If nothing else, this can be construed as psychological torture. If this sort of thing were to happen in Iran, Western liberals and “human rights” activists would have a field day.
Before, America, Britain or any Western nation points the finger at human rights abuses in Iran, real or imagined, they should put their own houses in order, which would include abolishing the death penalty for all but the most heinous of cases, and the restoration of the rule of law including the scaling down of the massive domestic surveillance programmes in which even Tea Party activists are considered to be subversive on account of their demanding the restoration of the US Constitution.