Freedom At Stake

From April 21, 2007

Freedom At Stake

With the tragedy of Monday April 16 lingering freshly in our minds we must remember September 11, 2001. You may wonder why, but it is necessary for maintaining our freedom as a nation.
On that eventful, catastrophic day, nearly 3000 people died (2973 with 24 still missing and unaccounted for). There is one event I think of which reminds us what is necessary at times of facing things and people which are evil.
Three commercial airliners had disastrously struck their evil designers intended targets. The North and South buildings of the World Trade Center; and the Pentagon. One other airliner; United Airlines flight 93 was over Philadelphia, and here is an except from Wikipedia concerning that mornings flight –
“On United Airlines Flight 93, black box recordings revealed that crew and passengers attempted to seize control of the plane from the hijackers after learning through phone calls that similarly hijacked planes had been crashed into buildings that morning. According to the transcript of Flight 93’s recorder, one of the hijackers gave the order to roll the plane once it became evident that they would lose control of the plane to the passengers. Soon afterward, the aircraft crashed into a field near Shanksville in Stonycreek Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, at 10:03:11 a.m. local time (14:03:11 UTC). Al-Qaeda leader Khalid Shaikh Mohammed mentioned in a 2002 interview with an Al Jazeera journalist that Flight 93’s target was the United States Capitol,[18] which was given the code name “the Faculty of Law.”[19]
The reason I mention this is because of the heroism which was shown on that day. Where was that on Monday morning at Virginia Tech? Thirty two people died. There was heroism in the Professor of one class who willingly gave his life to protect his students, and allowed them to escape from the madness of Cho Sueng-Hui.
Understand, I am not blaming students at the College. They did what students are pretty much trained and taught to do in such incidents. They protected themselves. We have bullies in our world, and the students and people who are bullied by them are taught and told to go and tell an authority – a teacher, a principal, or a policeman. What if the people on United Airlines Flight 93 had done that on that disastrous day? The events would have been more catastrophic, and many more lives would have been lost.
It was people defending themselves against tyrants, and bullies which bought the freedom of our nation. We need to get back to the idea of defending ourselves, and others. It is right to do so.
I believe that if there would have been a couple of young men and women who would have determined to take Cho Sueng-Hui down there would have been less people murdered. If there is blame to be placed it should be at the feet of those who have taught us to “Protect ourselves” rather than fight the bullies, and evil.
Someone, I believe it was a man named Edmund Burke said, “All it takes for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing”, and I believe him to be correct. Our freedom is at stake, if we just continue to teach our children, students, and others to just get under your desks. That is good advice during a tornado, but not against evil men and women.

Confusion in the World

These are my personal observations and I don’t mean to be preachy about it.

People want justice, but not for others.  Case in point.  Casey Anthony case in Florida.  Casey was on trial for First degree murder and could have gotten the death penalty for the crime she allegedly committed; the “murder of her daughter”.

The prosecution presented the evidence which was all circumstantial and had nothing which proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that miss Anthony had murdered her daughter; at least that was the determination of the jury.  The jury had heard the evidence, from beginning to end, and determined that the only thing the prosecution had proven was that Casey had lied.  Four events of lying to a police officer.

When the jury came out and each charge they were to determine was read, they proclaimed “Not guilty” until the charge of “Lying to police”, and they found her guilty of those four counts.

I have noticed in News reports and such that a majority of people were angry with the jury.  Let me ask you this question,  Were you there?  and another one, Did you see Casey Anthony murder her baby girl?  All the jury had to go on was what the prosecution presented.

Now, in my mind, I think Casey Anthony is probably guilty; but I didn’t hear the evidence.  The jury did.  Their decision is the one that counts; not my thinking.

Let’s be glad that this is one of those cases where Justice has prevailed.  The evidence was presented which charged her with the audacious crime of murder.  The jury heard the evidence; and determined there was not enough evidence to prove Casey Anthony was guilty of the murder.  They came to the only conclusion they could.  Not Guilty.

The confusion in the world and particularly in this nation that I see is that many are so confused about “Justice”.  What is justice?

JUST’ICE, n. [L. justitia, from justus, just.]

1. The virtue which consists in giving to every one what is his due; practical conformity to the laws and to principles of rectitude in the dealings of men with each other; honesty; integrity in commerce or mutual intercourse. Justice is distributive or commutative. Distributive justice belongs to magistrates or rulers, and consists in distributing to every man that right or equity which the laws and the principles of equity require; or in deciding controversies according to the laws and to principles of equity. Commutative justice consists in fair dealing in trade and mutual intercourse between man and man.

2. Impartiality; equal distribution of right in expressing opinions; fair representation of facts respecting merit or demerit. In criticisms, narrations, history or discourse, it is a duty to do justice to every man, whether friend or foe.

3. Equity; agreeableness to right; as, he proved the justice of his claim. This should, in strictness, be justness.

From Websters Dictionary from e-sword.

A long definition I know; but there was more.  A partial understanding of “Justice” would be “one’s receiving what they deserve for the crime committed”.  Myself I want mercy; for myself and others.  I think we need to be merciful to miss Anthony and let her grow; and leave the judgment for her alleged crimes to the hands of her Creator.

We must remember that “Not guilty” does not mean innocent.  In this case it means there was not enough evidence to prove guilt.  We must rejoice that as far as we can determine justice has been done.  The court did it job.  Wouldn’t you want the same if you were on trial for your life; guilty or not guilty?  I would.

That’s my observations from the banks of Flat Creek.

-Tim