Saturday, June 26, 2010

USA's Chief Justice Roberts doesn't see unicorns and rainbows outside his window

In a world tilted to the Left and the US Supreme Court predicted to tilt dangerously in that direction if Obama has his way and Elena Kagan plonks her butt in one of those seats,  let's be thankful for small mercies like this ruling.  This might be one of the last "sane" rulings coming out of that body in the next couple of years.

For a dozen years, leftist organizations styling themselves as proponents of international humanitarian law have campaigned to undermine the laws prohibiting material support to terrorism. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court finally swept aside this challenge, forcefully upholding one of our nation’s most crucial counterterrorism tools.

Chief Justice John Roberts’s opinion for the 6–3 majority in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project is a smashing victory for the rationale of material-support laws, which bar various forms of aid to formally designated “foreign terrorist organizations” (FTOs) on the ground that any meaningful assistance — however ostensibly innocent or virtuous — strengthens these groups.....

The principle operating here is that terrorism is barbaric, contravening both international law’s imperative to protect civilians and the civilized international norms that promote resolution of political disputes by negotiation, not assassination. Therefore, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, and the two terrorist organizations at issue in the epic Humanitarian Law litigation, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Kurdistan Workers Party (Partiya Karkeran Kurdistan, or PKK), must be treated as pariahs, ostracized and suffocated until they either are annihilated or convincingly abandon terrorism as a method.........

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