August 19, 2013

35 MB Prisoners Die While "Escaping"

This is about as believable as that guy who committed suicide by stabbing himself in the back:

Egyptian police say at least 35 detained protesters have been killed while attempting to escape from a prison convoy, but the Muslim Brotherhood has alleged that their supporters were killed in cold blood and called for an international inquiry into the incident.

There were conflicting reports of how Sunday's deaths occurred. The Egyptian Interior Ministry said the prisoners had taken an officer hostage and died after suffocating to death after police fired tear gas.

"Thirty-five of the prisoners died of suffocation and crowding after tear gas was used to stop their escape," the Ministry said.

We need to be really cautious about news coming out of Egypt today, just like we are of news coming out of Syria. The Arab and Muslim world isn't exactly known for its commitment to truth. Rather, both sides paint the other in the worst possible light and bend the truth to fit their preexisting narrative.

Then again, in this part of the world it doesn't take much truth bending to make both sides seem pretty damnable.

And I don't mean this in the intellectually lazy pox-on-both-your-houses way that I think is often resorted to, especially by the Euroweenies and the Western Left. No, I mean that as serious social criticism of a culture torn between Islamofascism and good old fashion fascism.

Meanwhile, payback: 'tis a bitch:

Egyptian authorities on Monday were on high alert after suspected Islamist militants killed at least 24 Egyptian policemen in the Sinai peninsula, where attacks on security forces have multiplied since the army overthrew Islamist President Mohamed Morsi on July 3.
Like I said last week, we are no longer talking about the possibility of a civil war. This is civil war. It's only going to get much worse before it gets better.

Thanks to Rantburg.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:13 AM | Comments |