You have absolutely no moral authority to lecture us about breaking international law.
According to Egyptian lawyer Muntasar Al-Zayat, Osama bin Laden was a martyr who was innocent of mass murders committed by al Qaeda in Iraq and other Arab countries. The people of Baqubah in Diyala province, Iraq, among others would beg to disagree.
Anyway, here’s counselor al-Zayat:
The transcript, via MemriTV:
Following are excerpts from an interview with Egyptian lawyer Muntasar Al-Zayat, which aired on Faraeen TV on May 23, 3011:
Muntasar Al-Zayat: The Americans are the ones who killed Bin Laden. They killed him and, therefore, he is a martyr. He is considered a martyr because he was fighting for a cause: first, the liberation of the Hejaz from the Americans, and then the liberation of Iraq from the Americans, and the liberation of Afghanistan from the foreign invasion.
Interviewer: What about the terrorist operations carried out by Al-Qaeda, which left behind rivers of blood in Islamic countries? Who bears the responsibility for this?
Muntasar Al-Zayat: I say that Bin Laden, Allah’s mercy upon him, is innocent of those operations. Sheik Osama Bin Laden had positions with which I disagreed, but this did not prevent me from respecting and appreciating him.
I support any operation of resistance that targets American soldiers anywhere in the world.
Whether 2016, 2020, 2024 or beyond, Senator Rubio has “president” written all over him. The following is from remarks he gave in the Senate a couple of days ago in conjunction with Senator Ayotte of New Hampshire.
Rubio rightfully focuses on creating the conditions necessary to job creation as the best and only wise way to raise the revenue the government needs, along with the need to restore sanity to spending. And he righteously calls out the Democrats for offering “ideas” that are obviously bad, just to please their base in a game of cheap politics.
Twenty minutes long, and well worth your time:
Here’s a transcript of the key passage, courtesy of The Weekly Standard:
We don’t need new taxes. We need new taxpayers, people that are gainfully employed, making money and paying into the tax system. Then we need a government that has the discipline to take that additional revenue and use it to pay down the debt and never grow it again. That’s what we should be focused on, and that’s what we’re not focused on.
You look at all these taxes being proposed, and here’s what I say. I say we should analyze every single one of them through the lens of job creation, issue number one in America. I want to know which one of these taxes they’re proposing will create jobs. I want to know how many jobs are going to be created by the plane tax. How many jobs are going to be created by the oil company tax I heard so much about. How many jobs are created by going after the millionaires and billionaires the president talks about? I want to know: How many jobs do they create?
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(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)
Okay, I generally favor the death penalty in a restricted number of cases and when there is overwhelming evidence of guilt: there are crimes so terrible that the only the death of the offender will bring justice. And it frustrates me no end when states like my own California let the number of death-row inmates awaiting execution skyrocket because of almost endless and often frivolous appeals. Justice delayed is justice denied.
But, as much as I favor speeding up the process (while respecting the legitimate rights of the condemned), even I became squeamish when I learned of China’s mobile execution vans:
“Makers of the death vans say the vehicles and injections are a civilized alternative to the firing squad, ending the life of the condemned more quickly, clinically and safely. The switch from gunshots to injections is a sign that China “promotes human rights now,” says Kang Zhongwen, who designed the Jinguan Automobile death van in which “Devil” Zhang took his final ride.”
Click through for a picture.
Somehow the idea of making execution as convenient as calling the mobile dog-groomer is a bit appalling, no?
The article points out that China executes three times as many people as the rest of the world, thus there’s pressure to make them more efficient. China also executes criminals for more crimes than most nations: while they recently took 13 off the list, there are still 55 capital crimes — including official corruption.
I wonder if the “death van” comes with air-conditioning?
via someone on Twitter. Sorry, lost the link.
(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)