THE SNOWDEN AFFAIR STIRS RANDOM THOUGHTS
ABOUT FAMOUS MOVIE LINES AND KGB COLONELS
“You talk about vengeance. Is vengeance going to bring your son back to you or my boy to me? I forgo the vengeance of my son. But my youngest son had to leave this country because of this Sollozzo business. So now I have to make arrangements to bring him back safely cleared of all these false charges. But I’m a superstitious man. And if some unlucky accident should befall him, if he should be shot in the head by a police officer, or if he should hang himself in his jail cell, or if he’s struck by a bolt of lightning, then I’m going to blame some of the people in this room, and that I do not forgive.”
This is Don Corleone setting before his fellow mobsters the terms on which their differences can be settled and they can get back to the normal business of this thing of ours (“la cosa nostra”).
Now this is the ACLU setting forth the terms on which Barack Obama can regain the love of the Left after the unpleasant business of charging Edward Snowden with espionage…
“We stand opposed to any attempt to treat Edward Snowden as a traitor. Our government must also not pursue the case against him outside the ordinary course of American justice. He is entitled to the rule of law and constitutional protections that so many before us died to defend….”
In other words, he’d better not “hang himself in his jail cell.”