Saturday, March 14, 2009

From the "With friends like these…" file.

Iraq has sentenced shoe-throwing journalist Muntadar al-Zeidi to three years in prison, and Afghanistan’s supreme court has upheld (in a ruling issued secretly) the sentence of 20 years given to journalism student Pervez Kambaksh after a 4-minute trial for the crime of downloading material about the role of women in Muslim societies from the Internet. Like the original court, the supreme court didn’t bother hearing from the defense.
That's not justice, that's tyranny. If the installed governments of Iraq and Afghanistan choose to wield their sovereignty tyrannically, it's time to leave them to their own devices and let their people deal with them as they will.

Past time, really.

And hardly for that reason alone.

But for that reason, too.

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