October 10, 2013

Iraq Executes 42 in 48 hours

You'll have to excuse Reuters' use of quotation marks around "terrorist". Reuters doesn't believe that there are terrorists. But this reminds me of an old joke.

What do you call executing 42 terrorists in Iraq over a two day period? A good start:

Iraq executed 42 people, including a woman, for mass killings and other "terrorism" offences over two days this week, the justice ministry and the United Nations said on Thursday after a surge in sectarian violence....

Sixty-eight death sentences were carried out in 2011, according to Amnesty International. The 42 hanged this week amounted to almost a third of the total number the campaign group said were executed in all of 2012.

"The criminals were found guilty of terrorist crimes... (that) led to the deaths of dozens of innocent citizens, as well as other crimes aimed at destabilizing the security and stability of the country and causing chaos and terror among the people," Minister of Justice Hassan al-Shimary said in a statement.

Thanks to Lou

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:56 PM | Comments |