Ilyka Damen had some rather harsh comments about 2 of my posts.
Please stop it. It's making me sick. And it's proving that the left has no monopoly on tinfoil hat conspiracy theories.
And this sorry excuse . . . ?
Oh God, oh Lord, would this man please fuck OFF.
At the time I thought it was a rough way to word it but I thought the criticism might be fair. Some people genuinely find it distasteful to speculate about the dead. Besides, Ilyka did use me as the example but the post was titled "Dear Every Damn Blogger..." If Ilyka got a little passionate, I (of all people) would not complain about that. I ignored it.
Later, Ilyka updated the post:
It is the sensationalist tone and treatment of the subject which enrages me, and the blame for that can be heaped mainly at the feet of one guy: Paul at Wizbang. Thus, the title of this post probably should not have read, "Dear Every Damn Blogger . . . ."
So, I was public enemy number one when it came to speculating about the death of Nick Berg. Still, I chose to ignore it.
But you can imagine my surprise when I found this comment Ilyka made on Kate's blog about the Nick Berg video:
Damn, Kate, you made me break out the Stedmanís Medical Dictionary. :)
And if Iím reading the diagrams correctly, the carotid arteries (the main arteries supplying blood to the brain) lie deep beneath the soft tissues of the neck, adjacent to the pharynx and anterior to the cervical spine. Severing an artery will produce spurting blood.
But long before you would sever the carotids, youíd sever the jugular veins, which lie nearer the surface (itís what you feel if you take your pulse at the neck, just below the jaw and before the ear). And if it took you a long time to (I canít believe Iím typing this) saw through the entire neck, which by most accounts it did, brain death followed by the cessation of cardiac activity could result before the arteries were breached.
So, according to Ilyka, questiong the odds of the same guy having two encounters with Al Qaeda leadership in 2 years is horrible because we should not speculate about his death and I should earn a tin-foil hat for doing it.
BUT taking joy in the fact that you needed a Medical Dictionary to figure out how much blood should be spurting on the floor when you saw someone's head off to speculate if Nick Berg was really beheaded while he was still alive is perfectly acceptable, normal behavior. No tin-foil hat required.
Nothing like hypocrisy huh?