Making the Rule of Law Inoperative

ESW trial, day 1, #1

The essay below by Andreas Unterberger is follow-up to his previous article on the trial of Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff. Our German translator JLH has this to say about it:

In the comments section to this piece, Elisabeth’s lead lawyer, Michael Rami, takes note of the Terrorism Prevention Law and some of the government’s desired additions, whose effect, as he points out will allow the state to force its citizens to adopt certain, extremely vague “values.” At that point, as he notes, 1984 is not far away.

His translation of the new piece from Dr. Unterberger’s website:

Now the Pope in the Dock, Yet!
by Andreas Unterberger
November 23, 2010

The next thing for the out-of-control prosecutor’s office will no doubt be to put the Pope in the dock! You have to come to this conclusion when you compare the questions an Austrian citizen in court had to answer, to that which the Pope says in a book of interviews presented at the same time in Rome to a worldwide uproar.

But apparently the prosecutors are waiting for the usual charge to be made by the “News”, which is kept afloat by ads from innumerable SPĂ– politicians. As they did with now-defendant Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff. The trial was adjourned.

At any rate, Sabaditsch had to justify herself against the charge of identifying Islam itself as the problem and not, as is apparently the opinion of the politically ubercorrect lady judge, merely a few, isolated Islamists. This question, testifying to boundless cluelessness, was asked at almost the same hour as the presentation of the Pope’s new book, in which Benedict XVI dares to say: “It became obvious that Islam must clarify two questions: namely, its relationship to violence and to reason.”

So it is “Islam”, not just a couple of anarchists. Thousands of times, and quite rightly, it has been charged against Islam as a whole that a series of justifications of violence against non-Mulsims can be found in the Koran, and that the majority of scholars of Islam abjure reason-oriented interpretation of Koranic text.

Fortunately, the “News” and the red leaders of the Viennese prosecutor’s office will no doubt protect us from the Pope being allowed to say such a thing again without being punished. They should at least confiscate his book, since otherwise it will, with Thilo Sarrazin’s book, become by far the the biggest seller of the year, all efforts of the leftist media to the contrary notwithstanding.

Speaking of the prosecutor’s office. Prosecutor Hans-Peter Kronawetter had to admit during the proceedings that he only “heard excerpts” of the audio recording of the incriminating lecture by Sabaditsch-Wolff. Not to be believed. A highly paid exponent of the justice system is threatening someone with three years in prison and does not even take the trouble to listen to the entire, allegedly incriminating audio tape.

For those who have forgotten. This is the same Mr. Kronawetter who unconstitutionally accepted criminal investigations concerning a (naturally non-leftist) parliamentary representative, without bothering about parliamentary immunity. And of course without repealing it later.

The really easy question for the home audience: What would happen in any independent private business if a co-worker constantly bumbled like this? But in the Viennese prosecutor’s office, nothing is done to him, because he is only engaged in a fight against the political right. And recently, as is well-known, that makes the rule of law inoperative.

P.S. On the same day, yet a third shocking report to read: a Pakistani Christian woman barely escaped an execution, to which she had been sentenced and has now been freed by an “act of clemency” on the part of the president. She was sentenced because she had replied to Muslim women who were trying to convert her: “Jesus lives, but Mohammed is dead.” Because of something like this, a person in an Islamic country is condemned to death on the grounds of Islam. And in Vienna, they have to justify themselves with an accusation from the “News,” because Islam as a whole is criticized here.
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