In an effort to boost the failing traffic on my blogging colleague G-Scobe's web site, I've agreed to republish several comments I made on his posts this week on Rear View Mirror. Once this vast effort to create synergy is complete the three people who read my site will be combined with the two that read G-Scobe creating a hit generating monster capable of taking on instapundit.
So with no further ado....
G-Scobe to linked to a Michael Young column that discusses why the U.S. should abandon its role as mediator between the Israelis and Palestinians.
Here is my follow up commentary.
That is a typical example of modern day thinking. If something is too hard just give up.
Adversity is not something that should be shied away from. It should be conquered. I'm not a big JFK fan, but this statement he made is a great example of why I think we should soldier through:
We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard...
In addition, Israel is a friend and you should try and help your friends.
The US has more to gain by making the peace work, somehow, then it does it backing away. We might catch hell from other countries for not figuring out the problem, but we would catch just as much if we were not involved so we may as well try and help.
Good Ol' G-Scobe also mentioned the Supreme Court ruling upholding the right of police to not announce their intention of entering a home in order to execute a search warrant.
And because my life is boring and I have nothing else to think about here is my reply.
I don't think the original reason against no-knock entries is valid. The claim that it violates a persons Fourth Amendment right to unreasonable search is negated because the officers have a legal document allowing the entry.
All knocking does is give the crimminal:
A: Time to run
B: Time to hide or destroy evidence
C: Time to arm themselves and kill the arresting officers.
These people are going to have their doors smashed in one way or the other. By eliminating the warning the officers are better protected.
Of course, all this is dependent upon law enforcement obtaining a warrant or other judicial approval for the entry.
So let the synergy begin.