The court case of folk-hero كيلو - Kelo AND Kilo

Today is one of those interesting days to be an American of Syrian origin.

Why? Well, in the morning I attended a political breakfast meeting frequented by a number of NJ conservative organizations, who distribute their materials to an obviously captive audience. One of these was a clipping from Congressional Quarterly, entitled "The Kelo Conundrum". Of course, the title refers to American homeowner Susette Kelo, who sued the city of New London, Connecticut because they decided to confiscate her working class neighborhood, destroy it, and rebuild a more أكابر development.

Shockingly, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the town! Conservatives rightfully expressed outrage. The House has acted to contravene the decision, and the Senate Judiciary Committee plans its own populist legislative push soon.

The interesting part is, these days, when I hear "the كيلو case", my mind immediately thinks of Syrian political activist Michel Kilo, who sparked outrage after he and a number of his colleagues were arrested last week by the Syrian authorities.

While the spelling of their names may be different, both Susette and Michel are folk heros, and I wish both of them the best of success in their legal battles.


Fares said...

Comon George, there is no comparison. Michel Kilo does not even have a chance to defend himself, there is nothing in Syria called Fair political Trial or legal battle, even the charges are bogus...

Check out the translation of his last article in French exclusively on my site


and tell me what crime do you see in it.

The authorities there speak the language of power so they only bend when they pushed by higher authorities or strong powers
God Bless Syria

Yazan said...

ya3ni, regardless of how much I do not enjoy GW Bush, bas I an never compare him to president Bashar ya3ni...

the same, dont think u can compare a democracy like the united states, with *sth* that is striving to be a real dicatorship, ya3ni theyre trying bas they cant seem to get out of the whole mafia-family-like-regime...

George Ajjan said...

Shebab, thanks for your comments.

But slow down for a minute. Notice I used the word "interesting" from my point of view to describe the fact that 2 people with the same name face legal battles in 2 very different countries to which I have attachment, and I hope they both find success.

I never said they were comparable. Of course they are not. Kelo sued her town in a Civil case, and the appeals process took her all the way to the Supreme Court where she was defeated. Now the Congress is trying to take moves to support her cause, because it is a popular one amongst the public, especially conservatives.

Kilo was arrested by the government and his case is a "criminal" one. His fate may already be sealed, but I still hope that he will be released shortly, at which point his credibility will soar to new heights as an opposition leader.

Anyway, I will continue to push this idea, that 2 people with the same name have popular support in their legal battles, but one has the benefit of a system of checks and balances, while the other sadly does not.

Fares said...

Ok Georges, so you tried to be original...I know that you understand the problems in Syria.

Also you and your friends (blog visitors) are invited to join the community group (put pictures and locations and comments on) Free Syria Friends for Better Syria and Lebanon