Expatriate Owl

A politically-incorrect perspective that does not necessarily tow the party line, on various matters including but not limited to taxation, academia, government and religion.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Man Behind the Curtain

As mentioned in the posting of 24 January 2010, Martin Grossman is scheduled to die by lethal injection in Florida this coming Tuesday, 16 February 2010, for the murder of Florida Wildlife Officer Margaret "Peggy" Park.

There seems to be some controversy over whether the curtain should be drawn when the lethal injection is administered. I can see arguments pro and con. I am not totally sold on the broadcast of live (or delay embargoed) executions, but there definitely should be witnesses to the process, whether victim's family or randomly-selected jurors.

I am informed that in Florida the curtain is still drawn when the injection is given, so that if the execution goes on as planned, Martin Grossman will be the Man Behind the Curtain.


The "Save Martin Grossman" appeals have been coming into my e-mail in-box (and, for that matter, my snail mail mailbox), and many organizations have jumped onto the bandwagon.

I note that one name associated with many if not most of the appeals I have received is "Alan Dershowitz."

Call me a conspiracy-minded paranoid if you wish, but I read a lot into Prof. Dershowitz's involvement in this and any other case. Because Dershowitz always has some sort of agenda, which may or may not be, to one extent or another, compatible and concurrent with the interests of the Jewish community at large and/or with the personal interest of the individuals in power at the various organizations that purport to represent the Jewish community.

It's not that I don't respect Prof. Alan Dershowitz, for indeed, he has done much of the right thing. But whenever Dershowitz is in on anything, he is in it for Alan Dershowitz.

My hunch: Although Martin Grossman is likely a financial pauper, perhaps some of the community-minded individuals and organizations might be willing to pony up for Dershowitz's retainer fee.

In the movie "The Wizard of Oz," Dorothy, the Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow are admonished: "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!"

In the case of Martin E. Grossman, there are two men behind the curtain, Grossman and Dershowitz. Certain interests want to draw public attention to Grossman, but do not want anyone to pay attention to Dershowitz. Which is why I am doing the opposite.

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