Introduction to HIST 3305 Monday, July 1, 2013
- This course is a re-broadcast from a few months ago—things have changed
- Later in the course, some aspects of the terrorist are dealt with, but on the day of
the exam, the Boston Marathon events occurred, and the alleged conspiracy of
two radical Canadian residents planning to blow up the Via Rail train happened.
- Terrorism continues to be a mixture of conundrum, a mystery to us all because we
have long passed the events of the fabled 9/11. What we have now are more
cirtical analyses of what terrorism is.
- It’s a metaphorical war because it’s not a geopolitical one. The cells have become
more disparate, Bin Laden is no longer there. War on terror presupposes military
- How long will a democracy (developed from Magan Carta, English rule of law
experience) fare in light of our responses of taking over and insuring our security
and public safety?
- When to declare an end to the war on terror? There will always be terrorists, and
criminals…do you configure your whole society’s basis on that prediction, or go
about your existence dealing with the events in certain ways? CNN’s role in
commentary on the Boston Marathon attack, saying these guys are nothing more
than criminals, and they ought to be processed in the civilian courts.
- The Omar Khadr issue is frequently mentioned. Since the last course’s exam, he
has announced that he will be appealing his conviction in the States, with a very
good likelihood of being successful. The crimes he was alleged to have
committed didn’t exist in law at the time that he pleaded to them. That should be
- The course: very topical, even though we begin with William the Conquerer’s
defeat of Harold the Saxon in 1066, and his notion of the King’s peace, notion of
a centralized criminal law system (with magistrates, judges, rights of the little
guy), 1215 and the pressures of the nobles on bad king John. Its lingering essence
is that the monarchy was told they’re not supreme and the people can still speak.
1689, the Glorious Revolution—parliamentary supremacy was truly ensconced,
into what has become our Parliamentary system.
- The values, the notions of rights, due pr