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Monday, August 19, 2013

One conservative’s response to shocking and bloody war crimes: ‘Yay!’

NYT - Islamists Killed While in Custody, Egypt Confirms
The latest news out of Egypt confirms mass murder by the military coup government there.

New York Times: The Egyptian government acknowledged that its security forces had killed 36 Islamists in its custody on Sunday, as the country’s military leaders and Islamists vowed to keep up their fight over Egypt’s future.

The deaths were the fourth mass killing of civilians since the military took control on July 3, but the first time so many had died while in government custody.
While the murders of 36 prisoners hardly amounts to a genocide, the motives in those killings is definitely genocidal. There is no pretense to legal executions here, this is killing people who have become a problem. In a just world, the Egyptian military personnel responsible for this would be dragged in front of a court in the Hague for war crimes.

So what is the reaction of Stephen Green at Vodkapundit?

Is this terrible? Yes. Are innocents being killed? Almost certainly. Am I weeping? Not this time.

Being an Islamist, a jihadi, being a part of the Muslim Brotherhood, means being ready and able to kill innocents in the name of Islam. This is what they do. So once Mubarak was gone and the lid was off, something like this violence was bound to happen. The question is whether the military will be violent enough to put down this revolt quickly. Otherwise the place really will devolve into a combination of the worst parts of Syria and Somalia.
The complete lack of anything even resembling logic is notable here. Green admits that innocents are being killed, but also says good riddance — because they were supposedly ready to kill innocents. I don’t expect much at all from the rightwing blogosphere, but keeping your cognitive dissonance in check long enough to write two short paragraphs really shouldn’t be much of a challenge.

And just because you’re protesting in support of Morsi doesn’t mean you’re a violent jihadist. The right gets the Muslim Brotherhood wrong as a matter of propaganda — MB disavowed violence and embraced democracy years ago. The equation of them with terrorists is more a matter of wingnut’s anti-Muslim bigotry than anything else. And the idea that Egypt is headed toward becoming the next Somalia is so astonishingly ignorant that I won’t even waste my time with it.

But how worthless is Green when he looks at a bloody war crime and basically says, “Yeah, they deserve it.” To look at a report that says the prisoners had “been shot and tear-gassed through the windows of a locked prison van” and conclude that those people aren’t worth worrying about?

This is why I dislike conservatives. There are far too many de facto Nazis among them and those who aren’t these pro-“kill everyone I disagree with” dicks are far too tolerant of said genocidal dicks.

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