Here's how the Agriprocessors scandal looks to…
…an average Iowan:
No pity for Mr. Rubashkin
Poor Sholom Rubashkin. He is stuck in jail because he is charged with bank fraud, harboring undocumented aliens for profit, aiding and abetting document fraud, and aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft.
So-called high-profile supporters and Mr. Rubashkin's lawyer want us to believe that he is being singled out because he is Jewish. Detaining criminal suspects because they have links to foreign countries -- especially countries that make it difficult or will not extradite these people to answer for their crimes, thus making them a flight risk -- is nothing new.
I do not find the government's handling of this case offensive. What I find offensive is the support Mr. Rubashkin is receiving. Mr. Cook states that fleeing would dishonor Mr. Rubashkin's faith.
My question is, did Mr. Rubashkin not dishonor his faith by taking advantage and profiting from the desperation of those employed illegally? Also, would these same high-profile supporters of Mr. Rubashkin be accusing the government of discrimination if Mr. Rubashkin was not Jewish, but black, Hispanic or Muslim?