To Tolerate Is To Encourage: Egypt's 'Judiciary' Redefines Farce, But Gets U.S. Weapons Anyway Because Sure
Dubbed "a kidnapping by the state" and a "new dawn of autocracy," Egypt's grotesque sentencing of three Al Jazeera journalists to years in prison for doing their job is prompting well-earned outrage, with Al Jazeera English managing director Al Anstey declaring that the decision "defies logic, sense and any semblance of justice.” Hopefully, outrage will likewise greet the news that, just the day before, Secretary of State John Kerry was in Egypt assuring al-Sisi the two freedom-loving countries are "on a similar page" and the U.S. will be sending Apache attack helicopters "very, very soon" to add to the $600 million worth of weaponry we've already sent and oh yes don't forget their shared appreciation for "the essential role of a vibrant civil society, free press, rule of law and due process in a democracy." Once again, America and its firepower chooses the wrong side of history. Protests and appeals are expected in the case.