The assassination of FORMER Japanese Prime Minister Abe yesterday by a man with an “undocumented” (homemade) gun without a doubt has a lot of politicians and so-called world leaders in a panic. No matter how calm they present themselves. (No surprise there – they are after all consummate actors – and professional liars.) Especially retired politicians.
NBC tells us that US politicians are quick to offer condolences on Abe’s death. I suspect that they were quicker to beef up their security. After all, we constantly have copycats, don’t we? The murderous equivalent of earthquake aftershocks? Various publications openly report that “world leaders” are “stunned” and “shocked” by Abe’s killing.
And once again, the world is shown that the harshest hoploclastic (anti-gun) legislative regime is virtually worthless. Guns are, after all, illegal in Japan except for cops, military, and of course, the politically connected. None of which includes the assassin. And it didn’t do a thing to keep Abe from being sent to answer to his Maker (and his ancestors, no doubt).
(It is interesting to note that the propaganda effort is already underway to claim that “strict gun control laws” in Japan are the only reason that the Abe killing is a “rare event.” And how this event is a justification for the Uncle Joe regime here in the States needs to ramp up its war on Second Amendment rights.)
The killing of a retired public figure SHOULD send waves of fear and panic though that sort of person – and their body-guards – around the world. Who is next? A Gorbachev? A May? A Merkel? A Carter? A Bush? Bodyguarding and security can only go so far. Even the most beloved (or feared) of political figures have a long list of enemies – and how many “beloved” leaders can be found in today’s world?
The States are not the only place where so-called civil society is shaking apart. The bitterness, the hatred, the loathing (of others and self) that gives us such events as Columbine and Sandy Hook and Highland Park – and Copenhagen and Saint-Just and Paris – is worldwide. And those are the “non-governmental” events – should we speak of Ukraine? Of the butchery in Syria? In Mexico? In Sri Lanka? Zimbabwe?
Not when politicians and bureaucrats and their supporters and minions think that “just another law” (or imperial decree/executive order) or “a lot more dollars” (or yen or pounds or Euros) is a substitute for liberty, justice, and moral responsibility. Not in a world where humans are “just another animal” and worth less than a member of an endangered species.
Not when the political class – far more than Mark Twain or Will Rogers ever had to deal with – is a worthless, parasitical criminal class preying on their own people and as much of the rest of the world as they can. In an era where the supposed “benefits” of government are rapidly shrinking relative to the abuse and horrors of the evil institutions. To a degree that starts to revel the madness of the 1930s. Or pre-revolutionary France.
Is it any wonder that at least SOME people have rejected any idea of restorative justice, of rehabilitation of criminals, and go for retributive justice: as much punishment as possible. Not just implementing an informal vigilante punishment of death, but as painful a death as possible.
Jim Bell’s idea of assassination politics did not (I think) extend to post-office punishment for those who have lorded it over others, denied human rights (like liberty), and committed other crimes once considered worthy of death (unless you had the right connections, of course). But as we’ve already pointed out in these pages, Bell’s idea is enjoying a revival of interest. More reason for the ruling classes to shake in fear.
So you politicians and rulers – think about this. Who is next?