THE recent case of two teenagers arrested after they reported seeing a five-year-old girl asleep in a stolen car, gives ammunition to those who say citizens should never get involved in fighting evil.
I'm torn myself. Quickly, the hero trying to do the right thing will find that, just as lawyers — particularly defence lawyers — are the enemies of justice, so the police are clueless about crime.
The County Durham boys above are considering legal action, and I wish them well with that. It'll be like a Russian in the 1940s trying to sue Stalin. True, they won't be killed, but they'll realise how Kafkaesque the whole legal and criminal justice system has become. The police service in particular is utterly nutty. Their political correctness today reminds me of students in the 1970s.
You shouldn't let that prevent you getting involved. Firstly, if you learn of a crime, you should tell a newspaper. They're more likely to listen, and they don't faff about with paperwork. Secondly, if you feel you must involve the police in fighting crime, do it anonymously so they don't get a chance to persecute you.
That's where the real heroism comes in when trying to do the right thing: you're on your own, mate. Liberal society has a bias towards criminals, feeling that they're misunderstood and have no choice but to massacre people.
Victims are victimised twice over: basically, everything is their fault. They were, as one defence lawyer put it recently, in the wrong place at the wrong time; ie on planet Earth during a weekday.
You won't get a medal for doing the public-spirited thing. Indeed, you may receive a prison sentence or find yourself maligned. But you should do it because you will go to Heaven. Where you will promptly be arrested and interrogated.
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