The “Irvine 11” who received criminal convictions for the manner in which they prevented Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren from speaking. When the other side deprives us of the benefits of free speech, they are no longer entitled to them, either. We must shut them up and deprive them of free speech in our own institutions. Photo Credit: patheos.com
Everything we know about fighting international terrorists we’ve learned from 19th century legislation against pirates. Pirates used to be a serious security concern on the high seas, and the emerging civilized nations got together to invent a new legal language to deal with them.
It was decided back then that by virtue of their being enemies of civilized society, pirates should not be entitled to the legal rights that civilized people are encouraged to take for granted. They may be shot on sight without due process, they are not entitled to any protections and neither are their women and children.
It was a very wise legislation, which brought results rather quickly. The American and European navies launched periodic campaigns against pirates, most notably off the North African coast, and killed many of them.
I’m mentioning the piracy solution because our colleagues to the left, Haaretz, has just published a call by Judith Butler and Rashid Khalidi on behalf of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, for all cultural and educational institutions “to have the courage and the principle to stand for, and safeguard, the very principles of free expression and the free exchange of ideas that make those institutions possible.”