I wonder how many Americans who rightly celebrated yesterday Amanda Knox’s release from an Italian jail – in a long-delayed act of justice – will spare a thought today for those detainees who are unjustly accused, denied a trial, and still suffering in Gitmo and elsewhere with no end in sight for them (presumably for the rest of their natural lives).
It seems that we now celebrate justice elsewhere, and by others, but we overlook injustice here, and by ourselves.
And so, my fellow Americans, allow me to get medieval on your asses!
Almost eight hundred years ago, in the country where our language was born, the people first secured themselves against this kind of tyranny, in a famous document, that said, among other things (when rendered in modern English):
No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgement of his equals or by the law of the land.
Tyrants will no doubt keep trying to tread, stomp, and spit on this noble and just idea. But there’s no turning back. No idea so good, so potent, can ever be unsaid and unheard, once it has been said and heard.