Perugia, a jewel of the West
At this page at the True Justice for Meredith Kercher site there are several photographs of Rudy Guede. He’s a total criminal type, it’s written all over him. It’s a face and an expression we see every day in the crime pages of the newspaper. And college students in Perugia were hanging out and socializing with this obvious thug, who would probably just as soon gobble up and eat them as smoke a joint with them.
Also, on this page are many photos of the murder house and of Perugia. The view from Meredith’s bedroom window, the room where she was murdered, is ravishingly beautiful. (I’m sorry to use the word “ravishing” in this context, but it felt like the right word.) So in this enchantingly beautiful medieval city on a hill, with its winding streets, arches, and alley ways, college students from many countries come, basically to engage in non-stop partying, drug consumption, and sexual hookups, not only with each other, but, apparently, with the various Third World and African males who have become a part of the city and have learned how easy it is to partake of the local (or rather foreign) female goods. When you read about Amanda’s life there, there is no indication that she was going to classes or doing any kind of academic work. What, then, is the Junior year abroad? It’s American parents sending their children to have lots of sex in a foreign country. But this is only right and proper. What, after all, is a liberal arts education for? To make a young person into a citizen of our civilization. And since our civilization today is the civilization of liberalism, relativism, radical personal autonomy, female empowerment, and non-discrimination, the universities are just doing their job—and doing it damned well. Amanda’s problem was that she took her liberal studies just a bit too seriously.
It’s shaping up as one of the major media cover-ups of all time, the U.S. media’s systematic presentation of false information exculpating Amanda Knox, and concealment of true information damaging to Amanda Knox. Why have they done it? The answer seems to be, because it fits the liberal script. The Italians (not in reality, but according to the liberal script as it applies to this situation), are puritanical, narrow, rigid, and prejudiced against the bold, sexually free Amanda. And so Amanda had to be defended at all costs. But we should not criticize the media for this. They, too, have their job, as the guardians and tribunes of our civilization.
A. Zarkov writes:
Mr. Auster writes:Stephen T. writes:
Perugia has a chance to remain as idyllic as it looks precisely because the world now knows its justice system cuts with a pretty rough, pitiless blade. Apparently, judges & juries there have less interest in parsing all the details and degrees of complicity in a crime—who exactly struck the fatal stab vs. who was holding the victim down while they were being slain vs. who lied and falsely accused others in order to cover up the evidence and mislead investigators—and instead render more harsh, sweeping judgments: “You were there, you were involved, we may not know who inflicted every wound and we don’t care. One way or another you were up to your neck in this cruel event so you’re GUILTY. Next case.”LA replies:
I believe that Stephen is misstating the issue. I am not away of any advocate of Amanda’s innocence (including myself when I was advocating it) who said that she was involved in the murder but didn’t personally perform the fatal act, and therefore should get off. No. Those who argue for Amanda’s innocence argue that she was not involved in the murder, period.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at December 13, 2009 01:30 AM | Send