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Frontier justice in the Middle East

Once again, Reuters shows its bias against Israel and in favor of the Palestinians. In this story, they discuss the "resumption" of capital punishment by the Palestinian Authority.

I am amazed that Reuters continues to get away with this sort of thing. This story ought to outrage liberals on so many levels.

1) One of the tenets of modern liberalism seems to be a rejection of capital punishment. Israel, to the best of my knowledge, hasn't executed anyone since Eichmann back in the 60's, but here the Palestinians are announcing they intend to resume executing people. So who's the bad guy here?

2) Reuters goes out of its way to cite as an example two men who raped and killed a 7-year-old girl. They don't mention that the most common capital offense in Palestinian territory is "collaborating with Israel." Apparently working with Israel in fighting terrorism is something best done at the highest levels, and then only in an abstract sense. Anyone actually DOING something about terrorism is obviously a threat to "the peace process" and MUST be killed immediately.

3) I have never seen any descriptions of what constitutes "due process" in Palestinian courts. Never mention of the rights of the accused, the defending counsel, the public trials, the other sentences. Do the Palestinians even have prisons? Or are the only penalties fines, maimings, and executions, but no incarceration?

4) The most common forms of execution by Palestinians are either hanging or shooting -- most often done in public, quite often with the condemned's family being forced to watch. Doesn't that constitute "cruel and unusual?"

I realize most of my points derive from American law and the U.S. Constitution and thus have no weight on the matter, but they seem to be universally (if quietly) recognized as sound principles.

I've written before about Palestinian "justice," and I see things haven't improved since August. But I'm sure this qualifies as "progress" towards peace.



Comments (10)

let the dum fucks kill each... (Below threshold)

let the dum fucks kill eachother off .

The MSM ( of which Reuters ... (Below threshold)
Rod Stanton:

The MSM ( of which Reuters is a part) is only against capital plunishment if done by capitalist countries. Need go no farther than our Neighbors Castro and Chavez. Hugo killed hundreds of protesters between 01 and 03 and the MSM said "good". The all time butcher was Joe who killed 17,000,000 to 30,000,000 White Russans in the 30's and the MSM liked him so much they gave one of his fans a Pulitzer for "covering" the slaughter in the NYT.

Israel on the other hand ju... (Below threshold)

Israel on the other hand just shoots people or sends a (US funded) helicopter gunship to missle their house with the children inside. They dont bother trying them first. I'd prefer sham trial followed by the death penalty to Israel's M.O.

Also considering the US still has the death penalty, we (as liberals) are in no position to judge others like Palestine when we have been unable to get our own house in order.

Bleeding heart liberal scumbag

Just a thought. Why the he... (Below threshold)
Justin B:

Just a thought. Why the hell would they hang or shoot a Palestinian? I mean, sure the Palestinian killed someone, but why not offer him a chance at redemption in the eyes of Allah. Strap a bomb to your chest and take a few Jews out and all the sudden, you are no longer a murderer, but a hero. Hell, we will even throw in 73 virgins for you when you get to paradise. And that is not all, Saddam will send Mom and Dad $25,000... wait, we lost our sponsor... Maybe Chirac will donate the money now via Oil for Food.

The PA has been practicing the death penalty for years, they just apply it to ignorant adolescents via bombs and to Jewish mothers, grandmothers, and children in buses and cafes.

How can you tell a nation not to practice the death penalty when every day they demonstrate a total lack of respect for human life?

After reading about (and se... (Below threshold)

After reading about (and seeing via video), Saddam;s "justice", it seems to be a well-practiced form of justice in the Middle East.

And women's panties on the head and a leash around the neck is "torture"? Ted Kennedy, give me a break!

BTW, the silence from traitor Kerry and sot Kennedy, has been deafening, now that it looks like "cowboy" George was right. Of course, Hillary wants to appear that she has been with George all along. I'm glad Mr. Jafarri from Iraq put her in her place today.

I have a really stupid ques... (Below threshold)

I have a really stupid question but I hear it all the tme = what is "Rule of law?"


RoguenationSo, exe... (Below threshold)


So, executing, say Ted Bundy is the equivilent to some Arab-Palestinian collapsing a wall on another Arab-Pal for the crime of being gay?

Way to GO with the whacked out "moral" absolutism.

scumbag, indeed

I'm not a believer of these... (Below threshold)

I'm not a believer of these rules but I have also asked why we protect Israel who does nothing but kill, destroy, destruct, damage and kill continually the Palestinian People who can't protect themselves from such a well-armed Israel. I think it's a big unfair myself.

I understand what you are saying here and then another terrorist group has to come in and destroy a peace pact with Israel, Palestine and Hamas but I still wonder why the hell we're protecting a terrorist like Ariel Sharon, who should be voted OUT so that real peace can take place. Rules like this probably will not pass.


Actually, Cindy has a valid... (Below threshold)

Actually, Cindy has a valid point. I've long thought that having Ariel Sharon as their "leader" is really bad, especially because he was such an anti-palestinean when he came to power. For some odd reason he's calmed down a little (even allowing people to dismantle that which they've built in the contested areas), but overall he's almost as bad as that terrorist arafat was. Almost, Arafat actually was a terrorist, so there is no mistaking HE was the biggest obstacle to peace.

RE: Pat's post (February 25... (Below threshold)

RE: Pat's post (February 25, 2005 08:35 PM)
I'm glad Mr. Jafarri from Iraq put her [Clinton] in her place today.

What happened?






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