Commemorate Memorial Day Wielding the Mightiest Weapon ~ The Risk Averse Alert

Monday, May 30, 2011

Commemorate Memorial Day Wielding the Mightiest Weapon

"A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

"Now by chance a certain priest come down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

"Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.

"But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion.

"So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

"On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, 'Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.'"

Luke 10:30-35

Were there a moral principle giving rise to a sovereign government explicitly organized to "establish Justice," the Christian parable of "the good Samaritan" could be thought at the foundation of it. Yet the parable's most obvious pull brings me here this Memorial Day.

A few days ago I received a distressing letter from a long-time reader asking for help in raising awareness about political dissident Mikhail Bulatov who today faces extradition to Kazakhstan on charges he and his family entirely dispute (to put it mildly). This reader is a friend of the Bulatov family and simply wishes to raise awareness about Mr. Bulatov's reason for seeking asylum here in the United States, hoping this effort will help his cause.

If you go to the article to which I have linked, you will read:

The Bulatov’s are in need of help. The legal advice they have received thus far has been amateurish at best. The U.S. judge who presided over the first hearing for asylum ignored a mountain of evidence that would have freed Mikhail & discredited everything the Kazakhstan government has accused him of – with no proof.

Yet if you are not interested in the details about Mr. Bulatov's predicament, all you really need contemplate is the idea put forward at the article's beginning:

Here in the United States of America, we pride ourselves on being enlightened in the ways of liberty and justice. We presume that those who are accused of a crime are innocent until proven guilty. We guarantee a speedy & fair trial in which the accused have the right to face their accusers in a court of law.

Is this not among the causes for which men and women have given even their lives, for whose precious sacrifice we memorialize today?

So, will you be a Good Samaritan and write your congressional representative, as well as your two senators, that justice more assuredly might be established?

Simply ask that they please look into Mr. Bulatov's case. Chances are they probably are not aware of his situation, so your bringing it to light might result in Mr. Bulatov receiving a full and fair asylum hearing. Were this to occur, and were his family's claim that Mr. Bulatov is a victim of political intrigue vindicated, then the effort you make might play a decisive part in saving the life of a stranger in need.

All you need do, then, is but wield that mightiest weapon whose form is a pen...

Just link them to this post, that they might gain access to the following documents related to Mr. Bulatov's situation, a predicament described as being a matter of life and death...

Documents in Defense of Mikhail Bulatov in US Immigration Hearings
Thanks in advance for your help. If you have other relevant documents that might prove useful to representatives and senators, please make these known in comments.

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