A Man with a Flashlight

Medieval Times
April 20, 2007, 11:48 am
Filed under: The War on Terror

Six in Iran are acquitted of murder. (NY Times, registration required.)

The grounds? They were punishing the victims for immorality. To wit:

…members of the Basiji Force, volunteer vigilantes favored by the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, considered their victims morally corrupt and, according to Islamic teachings and Iran’s Islamic penal code, their blood could therefore be shed.

The last victims… were a young couple engaged to be married who the killers claimed were walking together in public.

Iran’s Islamic penal code, which is a parallel system to its civic code, says murder charges can be dropped if the accused can prove the killing was carried out because the victim was morally corrupt.

Now for the bad news. President Ahmadinejad was a member of the Basiji Force. Thanks to Russia, we have no viable way to stop him from getting a nuclear bomb. If he does, which of the morally corrupt might he wish to punish next?

Welcome to the twenty-first century, where big totalitarian states are cultivating smaller totalitarian states around their borders. And sucking away the oxygen needed by democracy.


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