Comic 192 - Chapter 6, page 28
13th Jul 2020, 6:58 AM in Step Forward or Go Back
Chapter 6, page 28
Average Rating: 5 (1 votes) Rate this comic
Author Notes:
Tantz Aerine edit delete
Tantz Aerine
Some legalese exchange here, and some questions from the bench seem to tilt the trial towards well, what was foreseeable anyway.

The Right to Resist and Right to Rebellion is a universal human right which has been established as such in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948. Even with today’s watered down approaches to international law, insurgencies and movements of a population against their governance and/or aggressors/occupying forces are to be considered ‘hands off’ (with some quid pro quos).

Since it’s still 1942, it wouldn’t be until 1945 and the Charter of the United Nations of June 26 that the right to resist would be officially attached to the right to self-determination, and of course 1948 where it would be even more directly stated.

However, since as early as Thomas Aquinas, and a lot later Thomas Hobbs and John Locke, and definitely in the Declaration of Independence of 1776, the right to resist and to “civil disobedience” was referred to as a vital failsafe for the establishment and maintenance of a sound, fair, and valid social contract- not only a right, therefore, but an obligation.

Furthermore, the right to resist has been secured as a defense of the Constitution as early as Greece’s first revolutionary constitutions (prior to 1830) and officially in all Greek Constitutions since 1844.

That’s what the judge here is referring to.

The arguments put forth by Kalambouras aren’t recorded anywhere to have been said by him- they are my creative license, as they are of the most frequent arguments put forth by collaborators in people’s as well as official courts post-war, and it has been an argument put forth by the Nazis to justify the war crimes committed against the Greek population as well as the various reprisals (see The German Secret Field Police 1941-1944).

Sometimes, in some contexts, those arguments worked post-war despite the flimsy legal grounding or lack thereof. But not today, for this trial.


Next update will be on Monday, June 27! But if you’re my patron you can see it right now along with a lot more perks!
User comments:
Candralar edit delete reply
I'm not sure yet if Kalambouras actually believes what he is saying or if he's just trying to come up with some last ditch miracle to save his neck.

The last two panels really do a great job of portraying his fear. The close up of his eyes is especially effective. I just don't know yet if this fear is because he sincerely believes what he is saying and it doesn't seem to be working or if the fear stems from the fact that he has just realized that by taking payments from the Nazis, the defense he has concocted has just fallen apart.
Tantz Aerine edit delete reply
Tantz Aerine
I'm so happy you say that! I didn't want him to be completely easy to read!

Are you completely on the fence or leaning towards one or the other?
Candralar edit delete reply
I would say that I am leaning more towards he knew what he was doing when he was taking money from the Nazis, and now he's trying to come up with whatever he can to save himself.