So what is the U.S. going to do about the sentencing of Dr. Shakil Afridi?
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Don Pacifico applied to the Greek government for compensation and was told, in effect, to get lost. Don Pacifico was plainly one of the little people who are ground like insects under the wheels of international politics. The fact he was a Jew probably did not increase sympathy for him.
But one little point of law had been overlooked when the Greek government threw out his claim: Don Pacifico had been born in Gibraltar and was therefore a British subject.
One morning shortly afterwards, the good citizens of Piraeus, the port for Athens, awoke to find their view of the sea had been embellished by the addition of a squadron of British battleships.
They blockaded the port for two months, until the Greek government had second thoughts and decided Don Pacifico had a case for compensation after all.
British Foreign Secretary Lord Palmerston said in Parliament: “As the Roman, in days of old, held himself free from indignity, when he could say, Civis Romanus sum [I am a Roman citizen], so also a British subject, in whatever land he may be, shall feel confident that the watchful eye and the strong arm of England will protect him from injustice and wrong.”
The parallel is not exact — Dr. Shakil Afridi is obviously not an American citizen — and what to do in this case is not quite so obvious, but the principle at stake is the same.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?