May 22, 2006

Human Rights Madness 

In the last two or three years I concluded that the scope and reach of "human rights" have been inflated to absolutely ludicrous proportions, especially in Europe.

The first nefarious consequence is that rights are cheapened and demeaned this way. If you consider the Bill of Rights, for example, you will see that it deals with a few fundamental rights, so important that were taken out of the normal political process and put at the foundations of the country. But when even the most trivial issues are granted the status of human rights, they become meaningless and end up unduly limiting liberties. For example, someone else's hypothetical right to scream aloud at night (to express themselves or somesuch) under my window would interfere wih my liberty to sleep as I see fit.

As another consequence, this human rights madness can become truly dangerous:
Home Office records show that nearly a quarter of the 963 people arrested in counter-terrorism operations in England and Wales since September 2001 have claimed refugee status, saying their human rights would be violated if they returned to countries such as Algeria, Iraq and Somalia.

While their applications are processed, all are entitled to state benefits such as free housing and legal aid to pursue their claims that they would be persecuted in their home countries.
People strongly suspected of hostile activities get the right to stay and even receive benefits. This is madness.

I think that terrorism suspects (and jihadis in particular) should be handled by special courts, and what is better between immediate deportation and special regime (Guantanamo) detention is open to debate.

In more general terms, if you are engaged in hostile activities against your host country, you can kiss your rights goodbye. No ifs or buts: there's a war going on.


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