Saturday, August 19, 2006

Why Liberalism Is A Crime

Tell me something I don't know.

I have previously blogged (Fun With Numbers: Part II) on how the Brits have legislated their decline into a crime ridden society by all but banning the right to self defense and coddling criminals. Now City Journal has an article on how the liberals in England have turned the entire country into a game preserve for violent criminals. The author, Theodore Dalrymple, starts off with this:

For the last 40 years, government policy in Britain, de facto if not always de jure, has been to render the British population virtually defenseless against criminals and criminality. Briton nowadays goes many hours without wondering how to avoid being victimized by a criminal intent on theft, burglary, or violence.
What finally has more people questioning the status quo is the murder of a young woman, Naomi Bryant, by a foul piece of filth named Anthony Rice. Mr. Rice has acquired quite a nasty habit, namely, he

had been assaulting women since 1972. He had been convicted for assaulting or raping a total of 15 women before murdering Naomi Bryant, and it is a fair supposition that he had assaulted or raped many more who did not go to the police.
It has been estimated that only 25% of all rape victims actually notify the police. It is possible that this man raped 30 to 40 women before finally being sentenced to prison.
In 1982, he grabbed a woman by the throat, held a knife to her, and raped her. Five years later, while out of prison on home leave, he grabbed a woman, pushed her into a garden, held a knife to her, and raped her for an hour. Receiving a life sentence, he was transferred to an open prison in 2002 and then released two years later on parole as a low-risk parolee.
Rice's first "life" sentence lasted for a mere five years. After this career of violent crime, he is then classified as a low risk offender!! The person(s) responsible for this should be drawn and quartered!! Only five months after being released from this "life" sentence because he was a low risk, he murdered Ms. Bryant.

For all intents and purposes, the British government has sentenced, without trial, the entire country to a life sentence in a lunatic asylum. But the criminals are running the shop.

An unholy alliance between politicians and bureaucrats who want to keep prison costs to a minimum, and liberal intellectuals who pretend to see in crime a natural and understandable response to social injustice, which it would be a further injustice to punish, has engendered a prolonged and so far unfinished experiment in leniency that has debased the quality of life of millions of people, especially the poor.
The Brits' suicidal, hands off policy towards criminal immigrants hasn't helped at all.

1,023 prisoners of foreign origin had been released from British prisons between 1999 and 2006 without having been deported. Among them were 5 killers, 7 kidnappers, 9 rapists and 39 other sex offenders, 4 arsonists, 41 burglars, 52 thieves, 93 robbers, and 204 drug offenders. Of the 1,023 prisoners, only 106 had since been traced.
And don't forget a pedophile in a pear tree. Of course the government agency responsible for this mess, the Home Office, is clueless.

The Home Office, responsible for both prisons and immigration, still doesn't know how many of the killers, arsonists, rapists, and kidnappers are at large; but it admits that most of them will never be found, at least until they are caught after committing another offense.
Now that is a comfort. These savages will re-offend and, by George, we'll get them back behind bars for a few more months before letting them go again! And don't you dare threaten them with a knife or gun when they come after you.

This is the nanny state in action, and we're seeing the same kind of action, or more accurately, inaction, on our own shores. The PC police will hound you to the Gates of Hell for engaging in speech that they consider offensive, but will give you a kiss, a clean suit and a pat on the ass just before releasing you back into mainstream society for committing mayhem.

Instead of fighting crime:
the authorities want the police to use a sanction known as the caution—a mere verbal warning. Indeed, as Fraser points out, the Home Office even reprimanded the West Midlands Police Force for bringing too many apprehended offenders to court, instead of merely giving them a caution.
No longer even a slap on the wrist. Now it's a stern warning with perhaps the threat of a reprimand and a finger shaking.

Doesn't this sound like the UN's treatment of terrorists? And where has it gotten them?
The police [...] are like a nearly defeated occupying colonial force that,while mayhem reigns everywhere else, has retreated to safe enclaves, there to shuffle paper and produce bogus information to propitiate their political masters. Their first line of defense is to refuse to record half the crime that comes to their attention, which itself is less than half the crime committed.
The Brits are certainly long overdue for one doozy of a bloody riot to protest these policies. And it will probably take just that for them to stop this senseless cycle.

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