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Believe whatever you want

Reader comment on item: Intricacies of Egypt's Coup d'├ętat Explained
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Submitted by Jeff (United States), Jul 29, 2013 at 16:49

I have not followed Mr. Manning's trial. Nice to be able to follow a trial, isn't it, because it's held in public? How closely did you follow the trial of Dr. Shakil Afridi? Not very. How about the trial of Pastor Saeed Abedini? Tough to follow too, wasn't it, given that it was (all too typically) held in secret in the lovely Evin prison.

Obvious to everyone except you, when you're hired in a secret capacity, and you then divulge those secrets, you've broken the law. This has nothing to do with freedom of expression, like political opinions, or art, or music, which Grand Mufti Bashiruddin Ahmad says is unIslamic.

Just who were those American citizens taken out by the US Army? Not the gentle, peaceful Anwar al-Awlaki? And the son he cared enough about to place in danger? Despite al-Awlaki's involvement in September 11, an attempted airliner bombing and encouraging the mass murder done by Nidal Malik Hasan, many Americans have expressed serious reservations about his death, because he was, at least on paper, a US citizen. Contrary to your typical claims, no American who has spoken out this way has faced any penalty whatsoever.

Meanwhile Muslims blow up mosques, playgrounds, marketplaces, weddings, funerals, elementary schools and maternity wards, with never a hint of protest from the citizenry of the wonderful umma.

Some people have pointed out, correctly, that the penalty for treason can be death (after the trial, that is). The attorney general, who, unlike Dick Cheney, Peter King and Dianne Feinstein, actually has some say in the matter, announced that Snowden won't receive the death penalty. In any case, we're not the United Islamic States, so Mr. Snowden will not be handcuffed and shoved off a rooftop, or dragged by a motorcycle through the streets. That's justice under the system you say you put your money on but are in fact afraid to live under.

You believe wrong about those "so called" western charities. And you can look at charitable organizations for youself. The Maryknoll Sisters have a website, so do Catholic Relief Services and Doctors Without Borders. None is a front group for the CIA. Unlike Islamic charities, western charities 1, spend no money on bombs or bomb plots, and, 2, don't restrict their aid only to members of their own faith. Please give me examples of Islamic charities that are building schools and health clinics for poor Christians in Egypt or impoverished Animists in north Africa. Yes, those western charities need high security when they work among Muslims and are looked upon as infidels by the people they're trying to help.

Were you in Meerut Friday? Was it fun?

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