One day until the weekend. Okay, C.I. slid something over saying she thought I might find it interesting since I was Catholic. I do find it interesting. Sam Dagher (Wall St. Journal) reports:
Iraqi Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani paraded in front of reporters on Thursday 39 suspected members of the Islamic State of Iraq, an al Qaeda-linked terror group responsible for some of the bloodiest attacks in the country.
Mr. Bolani said the men, who were handcuffed and dressed in orange jumpsuits, should be hanged.
He also said most of the suspects were released from American-run prisons in Iraq as part of a national amnesty program before rejoining the terror organization.
Jawad and Ministry of the Interior are thugs as the Los Angeles Times has reported for years. I think Dagher did a good job in his report and I think "paraded" really captures it. As a Catholic, I'm opposed to the death penalty. In fact, the Pope is calling for Iraq not to execute Tariq Aziz.
But Jawad's not. He's not opposed. And it really drives home how he's using these people as pawns. People who may or may not be guilty. Iraq's famous for their show confessions.
But if they are guilty, for Jawad, it's parade them in a guilt parade before killing them.
That's in stark contrast to the lesson the Church was teaching. This is from the November 8th snapshot:
Get it? The Church suffered. Jawad didn't suffer. The Church suffered and its response was to pray for everyone even "the attackers."
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"