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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Hang 'Em High


If we were going to write a biography
of our times, we should call it
"The Blind Art Collector, and Other Stories"

--Fran Liebowitz


All God's children are not beautiful.

Most of God's children are,

in fact, barely presentable

--ibid.

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In discussion recently with a self-proclaimed religious person, Ranger's interlocutor stated that Osama bin Laden's killing was just, correct and warranted by virtue of his being a "superior man"; it was this that made him a legitimate target.


This thinking allows U.S. policy to officially pursue extra-judicial executions worldwide -- because their subjects are legitimate targets who deserve to die. The U.S. has dispensed with the
sine qua non of a conviction -- proof and a fair trail.

Since it is Sunday, let us apply the same yardstick to the Christian's leader. If it was correct to kill OBL like a rabid dog, then was it not also correct for Jesus to have been humiliated and killed?


Jesus was a threat to the Roman Empire and the King of Judea. He was, after all, the self-declared King of Kings. Yet Jesus received a military tribunal and a conviction overseen by a legal authority; he got his day in court.

If Christians feel Jesus was treated unfairly, how can they miss the parallels to an event 1979 years later? Why was Jesus's death the basis of a religion, while
OBL's was just another anti-climactic casualty in a Phony War on Terror (PWOT ©) Jesus was reported to have arisen after three days dead, while OBL was dumped into the ocean. At least the Romans had the decency to allow for a traditional burial.

We haven't come so far since 33 C.E.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Alan said...

Aahhh, but he is OUR prophet, say the new/old taliban, so he is exceptional.

Is it not interesting that prophet and profit sound so much alike?

If you keep testing the golden rule with fire here, you're just gonna burn it up.

Monday, March 12, 2012 at 9:29:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger basilbeast said...

You will find this of interest, I'm sure.

http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2012/03/12/un-torture-chiefs-report-officially-condemns-us-treatment-of-bradley-manning/

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After fourteen months of investigation, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez has published his report on the United States’ “cruel and inhuman treatment” of Pfc. Bradley Manning, who allegedly released classified information to WikiLeaks. The findings are part of a report on “torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” in countries of the world.

Mendez concluded, “Imposing seriously punitive conditions of detention on someone who has not been found guilty of any crime is a violation of his right to physical and psychological integrity as well as of his presumption of innocence.” He demanded to know why the government was holding an “unindicted detainee in solitary confinement.” The US government said Manning was under “prevention of harm watch” and was not being held in “solitary confinement.” However, the government never provided details on “what harm was being prevented.”

The government asserted in a response to Mendez that the “brig commander” had authorization to “impose” an “isolation regime” because of the “seriousness of the offense” for which Manning would eventually be charged.

Mendez tried to get a private unmonitored meeting with Manning on the conditions of his detention. According to the report, the US government would not guarantee the conversation would be private. Mendez declined to meet because it would violate terms applied universally in “fact-finding.” He sent a follow-up letter to the government on May 13, 2011. The government continued to refuse to grant Mendez a “private, unmonitored and privileged” meeting with Manning.
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Monday, March 12, 2012 at 5:28:00 PM GMT-5  

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