'Rules for Radicals' and civilian trials for terrorists

Ethel C. Fenig
Although the former editor of the Harvard Law Review and instructor at the University of Chicago Law School and his Attorney General didn't seem to see this coming, certainly a former community organizer who carefully studied and practiced Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals could have predicted it. As reported  by AP,  according to their lawyers, the accused 9/11 terror masterminds will admit their guilt but plead not guilty because they plan to use their forthcoming trial in a federal civilian court as a platform to tell the entire world "why they did it" and explain "their assessment of American foreign policy."

Certainly the community organizer , Alinsky loving president still remembers

"The third rule of ethics of means and ends is that in war the end justifies almost any means...." p.29"The tenth rule... is you do what you can with what you have and clothe it with moral garments.... It involves sifting the multiple factors which combine in creating the circumstances at any given time... Who, and how many will support the action?... If weapons are needed, then are appropriate d weapons available? Availability of means determines whether you will be underground or above ground; whether you will move quickly or slowly..." p.36

Certainly the community organizer president would realize that a civilian trial would allow the defendants to continue to follow Alinsky's rules especially

4. "Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity."

5. "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage."

6. "A good tactic is one your people enjoy." (snip)

11. "If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside... every positive has its negative."

and of course

13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. In conflict tactics there are certain rules that [should be regarded] as universalities. One is that the opposition must be singled out as the target and 'frozen.'...

"...any target can always say, 'Why do you center on me when there are others to blame as well?' When your 'freeze the target,' you disregard these [rational but distracting] arguments.... Then, as you zero in and freeze your target and carry out your attack, all the 'others' come out of the woodwork very soon. They become visible by their support of the target...'

"One acts decisively only in the conviction that all the angels are on one side and all the devils on the other." (pps.127-134)

Oh. The Community Organizer in Chief does remember Alinsky, his rules and his philosophy. Ooooh!


Although the former editor of the Harvard Law Review and instructor at the University of Chicago Law School and his Attorney General didn't seem to see this coming, certainly a former community organizer who carefully studied and practiced Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals could have predicted it. As reported  by AP,  according to their lawyers, the accused 9/11 terror masterminds will admit their guilt but plead not guilty because they plan to use their forthcoming trial in a federal civilian court as a platform to tell the entire world "why they did it" and explain "their assessment of American foreign policy."

Certainly the community organizer , Alinsky loving president still remembers

"The third rule of ethics of means and ends is that in war the end justifies almost any means...." p.29

"The tenth rule... is you do what you can with what you have and clothe it with moral garments.... It involves sifting the multiple factors which combine in creating the circumstances at any given time... Who, and how many will support the action?... If weapons are needed, then are appropriate d weapons available? Availability of means determines whether you will be underground or above ground; whether you will move quickly or slowly..." p.36

Certainly the community organizer president would realize that a civilian trial would allow the defendants to continue to follow Alinsky's rules especially

4. "Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity."

5. "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage."

6. "A good tactic is one your people enjoy." (snip)

11. "If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside... every positive has its negative."

and of course

13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. In conflict tactics there are certain rules that [should be regarded] as universalities. One is that the opposition must be singled out as the target and 'frozen.'...

"...any target can always say, 'Why do you center on me when there are others to blame as well?' When your 'freeze the target,' you disregard these [rational but distracting] arguments.... Then, as you zero in and freeze your target and carry out your attack, all the 'others' come out of the woodwork very soon. They become visible by their support of the target...'

"One acts decisively only in the conviction that all the angels are on one side and all the devils on the other." (pps.127-134)

Oh. The Community Organizer in Chief does remember Alinsky, his rules and his philosophy. Ooooh!