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Yes - the "defending victims" line. Once they appeal to this kind of sympathy, they can get the most indefensible laws and policies, as no one wants to appear to be "soft on crime" and "against crimie victims." They also start with worst cases, like child molesters and work down to lessor offenses.

This spells also the rejection of criminal rehabilitation, as if one will be punished for crimes not yet committed, how can they be rehabilitated? Once the notion that criminals cannot be "rehabilitated," becomes acceptable by the public, then it becomes easier to undermine programs and policies, like job training and schooling. It them is palatable to discriminate against people with criminal records in employment, housing, schooling, and reject the offenders' efforts at rehabilitation.

The problem is that Sarkozy ran on the idea of doing something about immigration and the rioting young people. Presenting a "galvanizing issue" diverts attention from the ideology of the candidate and the real agenda once in office. This is the tactic that Republicans mainly use - and Bush used it in 2004 with "gay marriage" and "terrorism."

by euamerican on Sun Feb 24th, 2008 at 04:49:49 PM EST
Refusing to "understand" and "explain" has always been part of the Sarkozy discourse. Explaining is excusing ; criminals are criminals, pretty much a predestined status, and thus addressing root causes, and rehabilitation, are completely out of Sarkozy's agenda.

It is well known early parole helps diminishing recidivism ; but "letting criminals out" is a no-no.

The "victim" concept is so important to Sarkozy (All of us can be victims, which works very well for such a demagogue) that he is trying to introduce some sort of trial for the mentally insane who are thus criminally irresponsible. Quite an absurdity, an attempt to revert hundreds of years of moving the justice system away from the concept of revenge...

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères

by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Sun Feb 24th, 2008 at 09:36:54 PM EST
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