Thomas Sowell

Even before being released from "imprisonment" -- in facilities without bars but with TV and other amenities, including karate lessons and spending money for Christmas -- the young killers were allowed out on supervised furlough to see sports events and even visit shopping malls. It was at a shopping mall that they had lured the little toddler away and then tortured him to death.

The foreman of the jury that convicted them recalls seeing the terrible pictures of the little toddler's body and then catching the eye of one of the young killers -- who smirked in the courtroom. However, the politically correct line in Britain, as in the United States, is that expressed by a "penal reform" advocate, who said: "If children do something wrong, they should be dealt with through the care system and not the criminal justice system."

Meanwhile, the liberal media in England has vilified the mother of the murdered child, who has protested these boys' early release and the posh life provided for them and their families. The media "compared her unfavourably with more forgiving mothers," according The Guardian newspaper. Apparently all mothers should be non-judgmental about their babies' sadistic young killers.

Back in the 1960s, it was considered eccentric, at least, when Norman Mailer took up the cause of a convicted murderer and managed to get him released from behind bars. It was no doubt considered somewhat more than eccentric by a man that the ex-con killed after being released. But today, what was once considered eccentric is par for the course in certain elite circles. Outcries of outrage from the public only confirm the anointed in their own smug sense of being special -- nobler and wiser than the common herd.

What a price to pay so that some people can feel more non-judgmental than thou or simply affirm within their own little coterie that they are one of Us instead of one of Them.


Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and author of The Housing Boom and Bust.

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